An IPL or Intense Pulsed Light facial is a non-invasive treatment to rejuvenate your skin. It uses this light to reach very deep into the epidermis which causes your body to make new cells and with new growth your skin will look youthful. You can get this facial on any part of your body. It is typically for your arms, hands, legs which are usually directly effected by the sunlight. This 30 minute procedure use intense light pulses to penetrate deeply into the skin. The level of light energy needed depends on what condition is being treated in order to give you maximum benefits. The damaged skin tissue absorbs the light to produce the desired results.
During the procedure you may experience a small amount of discomfort, however many do not experience any pain. Some will experience swelling and redness after treatment however these will subside rather quickly. The result will slowly reveal itself over a few weeks following treatment. The treatment removes damaged skin while stimulating collagen growth. Texture, color, and consistency in the skin can all be improved with these treatments.
Typically candidates for the procedure require five treatments approximately three weeks apart in order to get maximum results. Sunscreen should be applied to the face in the weeks following the procedure. Prolonged sun exposure should be avoided to ensure the procedure affects are long lasting (up to a year or more).
You will begin to see the results of the procedure after only one treatment. Your skin tone will be more even while looking and feeling smoother. Pore sizes will also shrink and fine lines will gradually decrease. Each treatment will increase the amount of improvements. If you have redness from rosacea or other conditions you will see the redness decrease with each treatment.
Recovery time from the procedure is relatively short. Discomfort is unlikely and the flushed skin will quickly fade away. Be sure to follow any instructions from the doctor regarding what cleansers, makeup, and sunscreen should be used.
The cost of the treatment will vary depending on several factors, such as the number of treatments needed, the severity of the skin problem, as well as the area you live in. Typically the procedure is as much as $300 – $600. A photo-facial is not for everyone. There are factors that make some people ineligible for the procedure. A consultation with a trained dermatologist will help you determine if IPL photofacials is right for you.