What is an
An intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial addresses all of these signs of aging. Using the power of gentle laser light, a photofacial can smooth fine lines, brighten your skin, and fade hyperpigmentation. It’s painless, non-invasive, and effective. You’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better about yourself.
What Does an
IPL PhotoFacial Treat?
- Fine Lines
This includes crows feet around the eyes, smile lines, and any other fine lines that have appeared on your face.
- Age Spots
Despite its name, an IPL photofacial isn’t just for your face. While it can effectively treat age spots on your face, it can also be used to address dark spots on your hands or décolletage.
This includes port wine stains, which can sometimes be large and a cause of embarrassment for many people.
A type of hyperpigmentation, this condition often appears as a generalized reddish skin tone most often occurring on the chest and/or neck.
- Burn Erythema
This occurs when the skin has been superficially burned, and the blood vessels remain dilated, causing a reddish skin tone akin to a sunburn.
- Facial Veins
Tiny capillaries in the face sometimes become visible with age, or due to certain skin conditions. An IPL photofacial can reduce their visibility.
Although not a cure for rosacea, an IPL photofacial can reduce the generalized redness on the face, particularly the cheeks, forehead and chin.
Many of the conditions an IPL photofacial treats occur on the upper body, and are often a result of sun exposure. However, the procedure can be used on nearly any part of the body.
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How is an IPL PhotoFacial
Here at TCC, we perform IPL photofacials with the Sciton Profile™ featuring Broadband Light (BBL™) technology, and the StarLux® 500 fitted with the LuxG™ handpiece. The Sciton Profile™ is ideal for treating larger areas such as the chest, while the StarLux® 500 offers the precision required for smaller areas such as the face.
You'll put on special eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Though the IPL photofacial treatments are virtually painless, if you have especially sensitive skin, we may apply a numbing cream to the area to be treated to help avoid discomfort. A special cooling device is also used in conjunction with the handheld laser light device to keep the skin cool, reduce discomfort, and reduce the risk of skin injury.
The device emits short, controlled pulses of light to gently heat the upper layers of your skin. These light pulses slough off the damaged layers of skin, and stimulate cell regeneration, which encourages the growth of new, smooth, youthful-looking skin.
Treatment sessions may take about an hour. The time required will depend on your skin type, the extent of the condition, the number of areas to be treated, and the sizes of those areas. IPL photofacials are customized to each patient based on those factors. Some skin conditions may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. However, some patients do see noticeable improvement after just one IPL photofacial.
Potential side effects of an IPL photofacial include, but aren't limited to redness and some swelling. There is little to no downtime required, and you should be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately following each session.