What is an IPL Photofacial Treatment?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based treatment that breaks up pigmentation such as freckles, acne scars, melasma, liver spots, moles, broken capillaries and other such areas of hyperpigmentation on the face or body. Those with fair to medium skin tones are ideal candidates, and almost any part of the body can be treated. However, the best and most responsive treatment areas are the face, neck, chest and arms.
How Does IPL Photofacial Work?
The bright beam energy that comes from the IPL machine breaks up dark pigmentation and cauterizes red vessels, as a result the discolored area gently reduces in color, essentially erasing stubborn and unwanted red and brown spots. Results will typically take 7-14 days to develop. Some may require more time to reveal results.
While some may love results from just one treatment session, repeated sessions may produce even more ideal outcomes. Most candidates will be recommended a series of 3 sessions or more depending on the level of pigmentation.
Because IPL targets pigment, those with tanned or darker skin tones are NOT candidates for treatment. Those who have an active Herpes breakout or infection at the desired treatment area may not be treated. Because IPL provides a bright flash of light upon treatment, those with a history of seizures are cautioned against treatment. In addition, those who have recently used Accutane within the last 6 months may not be treated. As with any medical treatment, expecting & nursing mothers are advised against treatment.
With any laser treatment that produces dramatic results such as an IPL Photofacial, you will want to schedule your treatments at least 2-4 weeks in advance of your special event. IPL Photofacial before travel is suitable unless you plan on prolonged sun exposure, in which IPL is not suitable.
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