What are the benefits of an IPL Photofacial?
In just 3-6 sessions, an IPL Photofacial can improve the appearance of: age spots (red/brown pigmentation), sun damage, Rosacea (redness), Freckles, and Acne.
Who is a good candidate for an IPL Photofacial?
IPL may be a good option for you if you have unwanted brown spots or redness to the skin. Patients with active acne also benefit from IPL. IPL is also a great maintenance treatment for overall skin tone and texture.
What areas of the body can be treated with an IPL Photofacial?
An IPL Photofacial can be used on ALL areas of the body. The most common areas of treatment are zones that are regularly exposed to the sun. These often include the face, neck, décolletage (chest), legs, hands and arms.
When should I expect to see results?
Your results can be seen in approximately 1-2 weeks following a treatment. Typically, the unwanted pigment rises to the surface of the skin and then sloughs off. The number of sessions depends on your skin condition and desired results. Typically, a series of 3-6 consecutive treatments are recommended for maximum results.
Do I need to do anything for an IPL Photofacial treatment?
You should avoid excessive sun exposure/ tanning for approximately one month prior to treatment. Accutane needs to be discontinued 6 months prior to treatment. In addition, any medications that can increase your sensitivity to light ( Retin-A, antibiotics such as Bactrim and tetracyclines) should be discontinued 1 week before your IPL Photofacial.
Are there any restrictions after an IPL Photofacial treatment?
Avoid anything that can further heat the skin for 24 hours after your treatment such as hot tubs, saunas, vigorous workouts, etc. Makeup can be applied immediately after the treatment.
Does an IPL Photofacial hurt?
Your comfort is one of our utmost concerns. Although not always needed, we offer our patients topical numbing cream for this procedure. During the treatment there will be a bright flash of light that gives the sensation that most patient liken to the gentle snap of an elastic band against the skin. There may be a mild warmth to the skin immediately after the procedure. Most patients describe this treatment as being very tolerable with minimal discomfort.
What can I expect after an IPL Photofacial treatment?
Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subsides within an hour. Over the next 24-72 hours you may see a darkening or “peppering” of the skin and pigmented spots. In the following weeks after an IPL Photofacial, the pigmented lesions flake off, leading to an evening out of your skin tone.
How many treatments are needed?
Some patients may see improvement in as little as one treatment. Most patients notice maximal results with a series of 3-6 treatments. We can make an estimate of your treatment outcome by observing the condition of your skin, including the amount of unwanted pigment, sun damage , redness or acne, during your complimentary consultation.
What are the side effects of an IPL Photofacial?
One of the best things about an IPL Photofacial is that there is virtually no downtime or recovery. Most patients do not experience any side effects. However, as with any medical treatment, possible side effects can include mild swelling, redness, and uneven skin tone.
Is an IPL Photofacial safe?
IPL is a safe and effective treatment in the hands of an experienced professional. Your safety and health is of utmost importance to us. With board certified physicians on site and reviewing every case, we will not perform any procedure without first assessing: your complete medical history; your current health condition; and any potential you may have for complications. Additionally, we provide all patients with protective eye wear that must be worn during treatment. We have been offering IPL Photofacial since Amy Brenner MD and Associates has opened its doors in 2011!
Who is not a candidate for an IPL Photofacial?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women; Accutane use in the past 6 months; Dark Skinned patients (Fitzpatrick type 5 or higher ); Active Herpes or other skin infections; Patients with a fresh suntan or self tanner use. Other treatments may be better suited for those with darker or tanned skin such as microneedling, Morpheus8, chemical peels or professional grade skincare products. During your complimentary consultation, our aesthetic specialists will develop a customized plan for you.