IPL Photofacial

The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial is an innovative method of photo rejuvenation that improves your skin's texture, tone and appearance. A photofacial (aka fotofacial) is the perfect treatment to turn blotchy, sun-damaged, or discolored skin into a radiant complexion. Minimize large pores, freckles, or wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest for a rejuvenated appearance.

 

Photofacials are a non-invasive method of photo-rejuvenation helping to turn back the hands of time, treating sun damaged, aged skin, removing age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign (non-cancerous) brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries. The IPL Photofacial will stimulate collagen and help you restore a more youthful appearance, leaving skin clearer and healthy-looking without any downtime and minimal discomfort.

 

With a single Photofacial treatment you will see noticeable results to your appearance, but a series of treatments will produce the best results. Our certified specialist will be able to answer all your questions and help you choose the right plan for your specific needs.

During Your IPL Photofacial Appointment

Your aesthetician will thoroughly cleanse your skin, so you can either come with or without makeup. After the skin is clean, the aesthetician will apply a cool gel to your skin, which enhances the effect of the light waves. The aesthetician moves the laser over the skin in a grid-like pattern, flashing the light about every centimeter. Depending on your need, the aesthetician may go over the area multiple times.

 

Post IPL Photofacial Treatment

After the treatment, the aesthetician will again clean the skin, removing the gel. You will likely be slightly red and puffy, but there is no significant down time. You are free to reapply make up right away and return to your normal skin care routine. Be sure to stay out of the sun for at least the next week and be consistent in sun screen application.

 

Contraindications/Risks

As with any aesthetic treatment, there are risks, however, this is why you should only trust an experienced and licensed aesthetician. Clients with melasma will experience a darkening in those areas and should not be treated. Those who have been on a strong antibiotic or Accutane should not receive treatment until six months after the last treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How Does IPL Photofacial Work?

IPL Photofacial is Intense Pulsed Light that emits multiple wavelengths into the skin and effectively targets pigment producing cells below the surface of the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy and destroys the hyperactive melanin producing cells in the layers of your skin, eventually dispersing pigmented areas. The spots are pulled to the surface, eventually turning into a coffee-ground-like texture that eventually flakes off revealing beautiful, radiant skin beneath.

 

Who Is/Is Not a Good Candidate for IPL Photofacial?

Those with a higher Fitzpatrick score, those with a tan and those with melasma are not good candidates. Because the light rays are attracted to pigment, darker skin tones can actually become discolored and melasma patches can become darker.

 

How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Do I need?

For best results, 3-5 treatments are typically recommended, about four weeks apart.

 

Is IPL Photofacial Painful?

Photofacials would not necessarily be called painful, but can be a a little uncomfortable. Patients liken the feeling to a rubber band snapping on their skin. The light from the laser is also quite bright, which may be uncomfortable for some with light sensitivity.

 

How Long Is The IPL Photofacial Appointment?

The length of treatment is dependent on the number of areas being treated and the number of passes the aesthetician makes on the area. For reference, getting an IPL Photofacial on the face would take about 45 minutes.

 

How Long Do IPL Photofacial Results Last?

Photofacial results perpetually improve over time, with best results being seen three months after the last treatment. Sun protection and skin care maintenance are essential to the longevity of the results. Sunburns and over exposure will bring back old spots and freckles and dullness will return if proper exfoliation during daily routines is neglected. A new series of treatments are recommended every year for optimal results.

Shelley Ward, RN, BSN, has been a nurse for over 20 years. She entered the field of medical aesthetics under the teaching of Dr. Joseph A. Russo at the Aesthetic Institute of Massachusetts. Dr. Russo is a plastic surgeon in Newton who teaches and mentors nurses who are interested in medical aesthetics. As part of Dr. Russo's network, Shelley enjoys knowing she can bring the expertise and benefits of Boston-area medical aesthet...

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