What is IPL?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or also commonly called Photofacial, is used for:
- Skin imperfections caused by the sun, such as age spots, freckles, and brown “blotches”.
- Reducing rosacea (redness), spider veins or dilated blood vessels.
- Stimulating collagen, which improves skin texture and tone.
Most commonly, I use IPL on the face, neck, chest and hands.
The laser works by emitting a range of light rays which target hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in the age spots). This light is absorbed and results in damage to the blood vessel wall, or fragmenting the melanin. These vessels and pigment are then absorbed by the body.
Because the IPL targets melanin, we cannot do this procedure on “tanned” skin. Winter is typically the best time for most patients. Self-tanner must also be avoided for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment.
There is generally no downtime. You may experience mild swelling, redness or a darkening of the brown spots. The dark spots generally look darker for 3-7 days and then gradually clear.
It takes 3-5 treatments depending on your skin and the level of correction needed. Treatments are performed every 4-6 weeks. Using highly experienced technicians is a must for this procedure. After a consultation we will make a recommendation based on your skin type and concerns.