IPL Photofacial 

The IPL (intense pulsed light) Photofacial stimulates collagen and elasticity to make pores look smaller, fine lines look smoother, and skin tone more even. 

IPLs produce a range of light wavelengths that can be narrowed down for the result desired, such as rejuvenating the skin, improving acne, removing hair, etc. The wavelengths of light used for Photofacials stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which helps increase skin thickness and firmness, evens skin tone, reduces pore size, and decreases fine lines. When used for skin rejuvenation, IPL treatments are done at a low power and are referred to as Photofacials.IPL Photofacials can be used anywhere on the body so they’re an excellent option for firming crepey skin on the neck, arms, and legs and they usually don’t cause any social downtime.

Photofacials are one treatment that repairs mild to moderate sun damage.

Photoaging is another term for sun damage caused by ultraviolet light from the sun and/or tanning beds damaging the skin. Sunlight breaks down the collagen in the skin, making it weaker and causing it to appear leathery and wrinkled with no elasticity, You can see how much damage is caused by comparing the skin in an area exposed to the sun frequently to an area that’s rarely exposed. Signs of sun damage to the skin can start in your twenties, evidenced by decreasing elasticity, uneven pigmentation, visible facial capillaries, and rough skin texture.

Photofacials produce results by breaking up discolored cells and generating new collagen. The skin becomes stronger and some of the elasticity is restored. 

IPL treatments and skin color

Since IPL treatments for brown spots target pigmentation, skin that has a lot of pigment or a tan will react like a brown spot, causing the entire area of skin treated to possibly lose its pigment. That’s why people who are deeply tanned, have used a self-tanner in the previous two weeks, or have dark skin that doesn’t get sunburned easily are not good candidates for IPL. Even a tan that’s barely visible can make the difference between a good result and potential complications.

If you know you’re going to tan or be in the sun, it’s best to wait 4-6 weeks after tanning to have an IPL procedure. With self-tanners, it’s best to wait at least two weeks and try to remove any remaining tanner with rubbing alcohol before your IPL treatment. If you arrive for an IPL treatment with a tan we may have to reschedule it for a later date.

For the best results, we recommend starting with a series of three treatments, done about a month apart, with maintenance treatments done at least annually.

The price for an IPL PhotoFacial of the face is $300, and a discounted package of three treatments is $765.  If you’d like to find out more about how IPL PhotoFacials can help rejuvenate your skin, schedule a free consultation by registering online here or by calling 727-571-1923.