Many skin care professionals agree that IPL is the gold standard of photofacial skin rejuvenation. Largely seen as the safer option, BBL can treat sun spots, age spots, spider veins, active acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and more, all while being non invasive and requiring no downtime. Creating a change at a molecular level is what sets BBL apart from IPL. But with any skin treatment, a consultation with a professional will help determine exactly what would be best for you.
How Does It Work?
An IPL® facial administers high-intensity light energy that gently heats the layers of your skin. The heat stimulates cell turnover and new cell development, which helps to eliminate lines, wrinkles, age spots, and many other concerns. An IPL® photo rejuvenation facial treatment also helps with tiny vessels and areas of hyperpigmentation.
What Does an IPL® Photofacial Treat?
As a face treatment, IPL® helps with:
- Age spots
- Lines and wrinkles
- Rough skin
- Dull complexion
- Small visible blood vessels
- Sagging skin
What Areas Can IPL® Therapy Be Used to Treat?
IPL® photo rejuvenation is approved by the FDA for use on the face, hands, back, and chest. These are the areas where sun damage is most common.
Who is a Candidate for an IPL® Photofacial Treatment?
Our IPL® skin treatment works best on light skin. It may not be the best option for tanned skin or people who have darker complexions
Benefits of the IPL® Photofacial
Our IPL® photorejuvenation facial treatment offers many benefits, such as:
- Ideal for sun-damaged skin
- Helps with acne
- Eliminates broken capillaries and other small, visible veins
- It may prevent premature aging
- Works on the face, hands, and body
- It can be combined with other treatments
- Little to no downtime
- Treatment takes less than one hour
What to Expect During an IPL® Treatment
A handheld device is used for skin rejuvenation with IPL®. The high-intensity light energy is applied in short bursts, and you may feel a sensation that is similar to a small pinch on your skin. If you have any discomfort, we can apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
You may see an improvement in skin tone and texture after just one treatment. Additional photo rejuvenation facials may be required based on the desired results and the nature of your skin problems.
What Can I Expect from Recovery?
Photo facial recovery is very short-term. Right after the procedure, your skin may a mild redness, and your skin may feel sensitive. The symptoms may last a few hours or up to five days. New, healthy skin cells start to emerge within 48 to 72 hours. It may take several weeks for your age spots, hyperpigmentation, and broken capillaries to disappear.
IPL® Photofacial Recovery Timeline
For the first four to six hours, your skin feels sensitive, and it may sting the same way as when you have a mild sunburn. You can apply a cold compress to your face to help with any discomfort. Be sure not to put pressure on your skin. Swelling can last for up to three to five days. During your recovery, there are steps you should take to ensure the possible results of the treatment.
Avoid using moisturizer and makeup for the first day. If you have swelling, wait for it to subside before using these types of products. You’ll need to use high-quality moisturizer for three months after the treatment. We will recommend professional skincare that will protect your skin and promote proper healing from your IPL® facial treatment.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation FAQ
IPL® facials may be used to target certain areas of your face, or you may be a good candidate for a full facial. The length of the treatment depends on the nature of the desired outcomes. An IPL® photofacial may take 15 to 60 minutes.
Although rare, there are some side effects associated with IPL® photofacials. These include, but are not limited to: Crusting and scabs Infection Swelling Changes in skin color
Your skin continues to age after an IPL® photofacial. On average, people enjoy a younger appearance for up to one year before needing a follow-up treatment.
Intense pulsed light therapy is not recommended for people who have darker skin tones, including tanned skin. The light energy is not absorbed as effectively as light skin tones. If you’ve had a recent sunburn, we may recommend that you postpone your IPL® facial until your skin heals and loses the tan. The treatment is not recommended for people who have active acne, keloid scars, and certain chronic skin conditions.