IPL™ (Intense Pulse Light) or limelight is a nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment that utilizes sophisticated light technology to address various skin issues. Such conditions include, sun spots, freckles, rosacea, wrinkles, and hyperpigmemtation. IPL™ is a relatively safe and effective treatment that can be used on the face. With such innovative technology, Weaver Clinics is fully equipped to provide you with the care and service you need to dramatically improve your skin.
What Does IPL Photofacial Treat?
Brown and Red Spots
Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
How Does IPL Photofacial Work?
IPL Photofacial is Intense Pulsed Light that emits multiple wavelengths into the skin and effectively targets pigment producing cells below the surface of the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy and destroys the hyperactive melanin producing cells in the layers of your skin, eventually dispersing pigmented areas. The spots are pulled to the surface, eventually turning into a coffee-ground-like texture that eventually flakes off revealing beautiful, radiant skin beneath.
Who Is/Is Not a Good Candidate for IPL Photofacial?
Those with a higher Fitzpatrick score, those with a tan and those with melasma are not good candidates. Because the light rays are attracted to pigment, darker skin tones can actually become discolored and melasma patches can become darker.
How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Do I need?
For best results, 3-5 treatments are typically recommended, about four weeks apart.
Is IPL Photofacial Painful?
Photofacial would not necessarily be called painful, but it can be a little uncomfortable. Patients liken the feeling to a rubber band snapping on their skin.
How Long Is The IPL Photofacial Appointment?
The length of treatment is dependent on the number of areas being treated and the number of passes the technician makes on the area. For reference, getting an IPL Photofacial on the face would take about 30 minutes.
How Long Do IPL Photofacial Results Last?
Photofacial results perpetually improve over time, with best results being seen three months after the last treatment. Sun protection and skin care maintenance are essential to the longevity of the results. Sunburns and over exposure will bring back old spots and freckles and dullness will return if proper exfoliation during daily routines are neglected. A new series of treatments are recommended every year for optimal results.
During Your IPL Photofacial Appointment
Your technician will thoroughly cleanse your skin, so you can either come with or without makeup. After the skin is clean, she will apply a cool gel to your skin, which enhances the effect of the light waves. The technician moves a laser over the skin in a grid-like pattern, flashing the light about every centimeter. Depending on your need, she may go over the area multiple times.
Post IPL Photofacial Treatment
After the treatment, the technician will again clean the skin, removing the gel. You will likely be slightly red and puffy, but there is no significant down time. You are free to reapply make up right away and return to your normal skin care routine. Be sure to stay out of the sun for 2 weeks and be consistent in sun screen application.