Photo Facial / IPL
The skin rejuvenation laser is also known as photofacial or IPL. Our laser uses less light energy compared to other IPL machines, so you have a lower chance of side effects.
This treatment targets age spots, sunspots, rosacea, and red capillaries.
It evens the tone of your skin and improves the texture of your skin.
After the treatment, you can notice a reduction in pore size and an increase in skin smoothness.
Most patients derive maximal benefit from 3 to 5 treatments spaced about every 3 to 4 weeks.
Your whole face can be treated.
The treatment feels like a rubber snap sensation.
Unlike other laser procedures, no anesthetic is required.
Brown spots including freckles and age spots will gradually get lighter with each treatment.
After the treatment session, you can immediately resume your normal daily activity.
How can a Photofacial/IPL help you?
The skin rejuvenation laser is also known as photofacial/IPL. The treatment targets age spots, sunspots, rosacea, and red capillaries. It evens the tone of your skin and improves the texture of your skin. After the treatment, there is a noticeable reduction in pore size and increase in skin smoothness.
How does it work?
The technology uses intense pulse light and bipolar radiofrequency to target the browns and reds in you skin. Our laser uses less light energy compared to other IPL machines, so you have a lower chance of side effects. With each treatment your brown spots will gradually get lighter. Most patients derive maximal benefits from 3 to 5 treatments spaced about every 3 to 4 weeks.
What can you expect during your treatment?
Most people do not experience much pain with photofacials and do not need any numbing cream. If you feel you may need numbing cream, please come in 30 minutes earlier and tell us, so we may apply the cream before your treatment time. You will feel a rubber band snap and some heat. After your photofacial, your skin looks like you just had a regular facial. You can immediately resume your normal daily activity. In the following days, your spots may initially get darker and then lighten in 2 weeks. You may also get “coffee ground” looking spots on your face that will slough off in 3-10 days.
What areas can be treated?
Most people do their faces. We treat the whole face and not individual spots. Photofacial/IPL can also treat the whole body, such as your décolletage, arms, legs, and hands.
To prepare for treatment
Please avoid tanning the area to be treated. If you do go out in the sun, use complete sun block (>SPF), applied 2 to 3 times a day for at least 3 weeks prior to your treatment. Deeply tanned skin should be treated 4 to 6 weeks after active sun exposure. Schedule your treatments when you are not having your menstrual period as some women experience more pain with this treatment during their menstrual periods.
For 7 days before treatment, avoid taking anticoagulants (including baby aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, flax, fish oil and extra vitamin C and E). However, if you have been prescribed an anticoagulant (such as heparin or warfarin, Naprosyn, or any other blood thinner), then you must get permission from your treating doctor to have the treatment.
If possible, arrive with clean skin. There should be no lotion, sunscreen, make-up, perfume, powder, bath or shower oil, or deodorant present on the skin area to be treated. Your skin should be clean. If you do come in with something on your skin, please inform us, so we may clean your skin prior to the treatment. The treatment needs to penetrate the skin, so lotions such as sunscreen and make-up will block the light and then you will have a less effective treatment.
After treatment instructions
Protect the treated area with SPF 30 or higher sun block and avoid intentional sun tanning in the first several weeks following treatment. Wear a hat outside or use an umbrella if possible. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to every time you go out into the sun, unless you have my Instant Protection sunscreen and apply it just prior to going out.
Some redness and swelling in the treated area is expected, and you can use cold compresses to help reduce these symptoms. The physician may direct you to use some mild hydrocortisone for itching or skin irritation or antibiotic ointment (if the skin is broken) to prevent infection.
Your skin will be fragile for 2-3 days. Wash the area gently and do not use harsh and/or abrasive products in the treated area for 3 days. Skin moisturizers may be used immediately and makeup can be applied if the skin is not broken and the redness has subsided.
Do not take a hot bath, sauna, hot tub, or expose the treated area to excess heat for 3 days. Avoid vigorous exercise for 3 days.
Avoid irritants, such Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, and exfoliants for one week
Treated area will usually darken after treatments. If a superficial crust or scabbing occurs, do not rub, scratch or remove the scab. Just cleanse the area gently and pat dry. Please allow the spots to naturally flake off for best results. This usually takes 1-3 weeks. If a scabs forms after blistering, the scab should be kept soft with lubricating ointment.
At the first sign of a blister, call the office at 469-1997. Use antibiotic ointment as directed.
Avoid microdermabrasion and chemical peels one week after your treatment.