IPL (aka Photofacial) is a technology similar to the laser used to diminish pigmentation and treat diffuse redness. Instead of a single wavelength of light as with a laser, IPL uses a bright light, and the light energy penetrates just below the skin’s surface, damaging either the melanin (skin pigment) or blood vessels. The body’s natural repair mechanisms then remove the damaged tissue and produce a smoother skin appearance. IPL is great for age spots caused by sun damage, but not wrinkles. It will usually take multiple treatments (3-6 treatments) to see a significant result and treatments can be spaced out every 3-4 weeks. *IPL is NOT recommended for darker skin type V-VI
IPL can be uncomfortable at the time of treatment. Some say it feels like a rubber band snaps on your skin. Post treatment, IPL has been described to feel like a sunburn. If you have a low pain tolerance and feel you may not be able to tolerate the IPL, be sure to voice your concerns to you provider during your consultation. The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. A consultation is needed to determine if you are a candidate for IPL.
The most common side effects are mild, temporary swelling, redness, temporary darkening of pigmentation, scabbing/crusting, and an occasional bruise or small superficial blister (like a sunburn blister). Not everyone will experience all common side effects. There is a possibility of wounds (burning/blistering/bleeding of treated areas), wound/infection, and scarring. All are a possibility anytime a treatment causes disruption of the skin surface. If you notice burns, blisters, bleeding, or signs of infection, call you provider immediately.
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