Photofacial (IPL) Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light system for repairing damaged skin

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Photofacial (IPL) Treatment

Photofacial (IPL) Treatment

The low risk non-surgical plastic surgery or dermatology treatment called Photofacial (IPL) centers on the innovative Intense Pulsed Light system, which penetrates deep below the skin's surface to re-ignite the production of collagen and other connective tissues.

The powerful surge of modern technology progresses skin tone creating a radiant, smooth appearance. Farewell to the effects of sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and more. Photofacial (IPL) treatment is well-suited for treating troublesome rosacea, sun damaged skin, large pores, facial veins, and is a deterrent upkeep for natural aging. The imperfections begin to fade away starting from the very first treatment.

A Good Candidate for Photofacial (IPL) treatment

Photofacial (IPL) is an ideal treatment for individuals suffering from skin damaged by sun exposure, rosacea or other types of skin redness, pigmentation such as age spots and freckles, fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging, and enlarged pores or acne scars.

IPL treatments can additionally safely enhance the appearance of skin on the chest, neck and hands. If the effects of aging are becoming apparent on your skin, or you have experienced any of these other complexion issues, IPL treatments are a good choice for you.

Prior to Photofacial (IPL) treatment

Instructions prior to treatment include:

Discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin

A several days prior to each treatment.

Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen one week prior to treatment unless medically prescribed by your surgeon to help prevent bruising.

Avoid self-tanners and unnecessary extreme sunlight typically one month before treatment

Photofacial (IPL) treatment Procedure

During a typical photofacial (IPL) treatment the surgeon will prepare the treated area by cleansing and applying a cool gel. The flat glass surface of the IPL system head is directed over the skin, sending precise pulses of light to the area. The gel is removed from the skin leaving it purified. A cool wrap may be applied to the area after the photofacial (IPL) treatment to soothe sensitive skin.

IPL utilizes a filtered light beam to infiltrate an exact depth, allowing absorption of the light by the targeted tissue. Different filter heads are employed, depending on the type of target, the color of the patient's skin and target area. The cell absorbs the light, which is converted to heat causing a local reaction.

Most conditions that patients seek treatment for require a series of IPL treatments to optimize the effectiveness. A minimum of three IPL sessions are recommended, spaced three to six weeks apart.

Side Effects and Risks of Photofacial (IPL) treatment

Unlike many laser techniques, the procedure is nonablative, meaning no skin is removed during treatment. The minimal side effects are temporary inflammation, redness, highlighting of brown spots, crusting, occasional bruising or small “sunburn” blister. There are other insignificant side effects in which your surgeon will review with you during your consultation.

Cost of Photofacial (IPL) treatment

The cost for Photofacial IPL treatments differs from patient to patient depending on the size of the area to be treated and the location of the doctor. IPL photofacial is an effective solution for addressing a host of skin conditions or turning back the clock on your facial appearance.

Our extensive directory of surgeons can give you more in-depth information about prices during your initial appointment.

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