IPL, also known as Photofacial or intense pulsed light, was first introduced in the 1990s. It is one of our go to treatments for patients with sun damage, discolored skin, acne, large pores, freckles, broken capillaries and superficial scarring.
How does IPL work?
Broad spectrum light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, gently placed over the skin. Filters in the handpiece create a custom application for different skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the relevant chromophores and damages them (blood chromophores when treating vascular lesions, and melanin chromophores when treating pigmented lesions). The body’s natural processes then clear the lesion debris, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.
Will I see a bright light?
Eye protection is important. We will apply eye shields to your eyelids that are specially made for IPL treatments. You might still see a flash of light, but your eyes will be protected.
How many treatments do I need?
Multiple treatments may be necessary in order to achieve the desired result. I typically recommend three to six treatments at one-month intervals.
What should I expect from my treatment?
The treatment itself takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. Gel is applied to the skin, the area is treated and then a sunscreen is applied. If you’re suffering from sun damage your spots will appear as if they are coffee grounds. Don’t worry, they will shed off. Some redness is expected and can last throughout the day. Some patients experience mild swelling.
Should I have this done before a facelift?
Dr. Ducic will often recommend starting a series before a procedure. Think of your skin as a tablecloth. You wouldn’t want to put a dirty wrinkled tablecloth on a beautiful table.
Can I do it on my lunch break?
Of course. It’s fast, and make-up can be applied immediately following the procedure.
Can I have an IPL treatment on my hands?
Don’t you just hate those dark spots that you see when driving in your car. Yes you may! It’s a very popular area to have treated.
How should I maintain my improved complexion?
Here at the Center for Aesthetic Surgery, we work together as a team. I will help you maintain your skin with various procedures, but it is just as important to have a good home care regimen. When you come in for your consultation bring your skincare with you. We will go over it together and I may recommend changing a few things.
Call today for a free consultation. Here at the Center for Aesthetic Surgery we offer a wide range of services including Micro-Needing “SkinPen”, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Facials, Waxing, LED Light Therapy, Spray Tan, IPL, Isolaz, ResurFX, Photofractional, Lamprobe, Laser Hair Removal, ThermiSmooth and so much more.