How does IPL work?
A photofacial is a 30-minute in office procedure in which intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into the skin. When your skin absorbs the light energy, it heats up and you will experience a brief, pinprick sensation. IPL™ photorejuvenation then causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness, age lines and improving pigment caused from acne scars. The procedure involves only minimal discomfort, while the redness and swelling that sometimes occur after treatment disappear shortly.
Most patients require between four and six sessions to achieve the desired results and the benefits of a photofacial occur gradually in the weeks following treatment. If you experience any of the conditions listed, IPL may be the perfect solution for you. In our experience, lighter skin tones seems to respond best with the least possibility of side effects associated with IPL as opposed to darker skin tones. We recommend that 6 weeks prior to your treatment that you do not have any active sun exposure. For optimal results, IPL can be performed on both females and males with alike. Skin elasticity is ideal for optimal results.
During IPL treatments, short pulses of intense light are emitted from an applicator onto your skin. To treat acne, specific wavelengths of light target bacteria in the skin, as well as inflamed sebaceous glands that contribute to breakouts.
Acne scarring can affect both the color and texture of the skin. Scars may appear as small dents in the skin’s surface or as raised scar tissue. In either case, scarring often creates uneven pigmentation in the form of redness or dark spots.
Because Intense Pulsed Light can target pigment cells specifically, IPL treatments are effective for evening out discoloration, which dramatically reduces the visibility of acne scars and gives the appearance of a more uniform skin surface. IPLdoes not smooth out raised scars or decrease the depth of indented scars.
Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial rejuvenation uses safe and is a non-invasive technology to address skin color and texture irregularities. Redness, broken capillaries, brown spots and general signs of aging are all treated to reveal smoother, revitalized skin. For optimum results, 4 – 6 treatments every 3 weeks is advised. Hands, chest, face, and neck can all be treated to reveal healthy, glowing skin.
Unlike single wavelength lasers which treat only one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum of lights. Differing from a chemical peel, IPL specifically targets darkened skin pigment. This treatment is the perfect solution for those wanting to target age spots, sun spots or redness on skin often due to Rosacea.
Often mistaken for signs of aging, exposure to the sun’s UV light disturbs the skin’s fibers. These affects on the skin’s elasticity causes sagging and stretching of the skin. In time the ability for your skin to spring back to shape is lessened.
Flushing, most commonly in the face, neck, or chest, is temporary skin reddening. It may come about from things such as exercising, sexual arousement, anger, as well as hormonal changes. Flushing is also linked with hot flashes and pregnancy.
Skin texture can become roughened by age, acne, rosacea, or using bad skin care products. Uneven skin texture can be linked to sun exposure or damage as well, breaking collagen. When the skin is not smooth, it makes you look older than you really are.
Many people experience enlarged pores which are inherited through your genes. Although you cannot get rid of them (they are actually your hair follicles,) it maybe possible to reduce their size.
Rosacea is chronic redness that appears primarily on areas of the face, neck or chest and does not go away on its own. Side effects may include, eye irritation, burning, dry skin, or swelling. There is no cure, but IPL is often found to help in controlling redness and the frequency of flushing by affecting the capillary network on the face.
Also referred to as liver spots, these brown or tan spots appear on the face, shoulders, and hands. These cause an increase in the number of pigment cells or molecules.
Blood vessels connecting to veins, arteries and circulating blood are referred to capillaries which when broken, they look like small spider-like marks, either blue, red, or pink, underneath the skin. This can occur around the nose, mouth, cheeks, chest, and legs.
Cells in the skin called melanocytes act to protect the skin from harmful sun rays. They produce melanin which work as a pigmented protective layer by making it darker. Although typically spread evenly through the body, sometimes they cluster together, causing freckles to appear.