Frequently Asked Questions
What is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) removes sun and age spots from your face, arms, chest, and neck. While some lasers are better suited to improving the appearance by resurfacing the skin, IPL targets pigment below the skin surface to reverse signs of aging and sun damage without the downtime of laser resurfacing. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy also reduces redness caused by rosacea.
Is there any downtime?
No downtime is involved; patients can return to normal activities immediately.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects are reddening of the skin and mild swelling.We use Syneron’s elos laser technology combining two modalities of energy at lower settings to improve efficacy and also safety at the same time!
How long do the results last?
Pigmentation problems may be permanently treated but any additional sun exposure will result in new and further damage. Similarly the effects of stimulating new collagen formation are subject to aging and must be maintained just as exercise must be done regularly. Results can be enhanced and protected by continuing daily skin care routines as recommended by our aestheticians.
How soon will results appear?
Results generally become apparent after the first one or two treatments, but require a set of treatments to achieve maximal results of an even skin tone.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients experience little or no discomfort. Some patients may feel warmth or a slight stinging sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Who should avoid Intense Pulsed Light?
Patients with keloids, dark skin, or dark tans may not be good candidates. Darker skin tones are prone to hyperpigmentation after the treatment. Intense Pulsed Light may not be recommended for those taking blood thinners.
How long will my Photofacial last?
Following your fotofacial IPL treatment, we recommend that you practice meticulous skin care to maintain results. This includes avoiding excessive sun and UV exposure, using our Renew 4 Step Skin Renewal System to maintain your investment. Further, daily use of our Renew reflect 35+ Moisturizing Sunscreen whenever you are in the sun will help new damage from ocurring. Conscientious skin care extends the effects of your skin renewal and collagen remodeling, maximizing the benefits of your IPL treatment and will ultimately increase the length of time between maintenance sessions. In most cases you can enjoy the results of your treatment for up to 18 months before suggested twice yearly maintenance treatments are needed.
Instructions before treatment:
Do not tan or stay in the sun for extended periods of time before treatment. Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners.
Instructions after treatment:
Avoid any sun exposure for 48 hours and wear SPF 30 sunscreen. You may apply cool compresses in the unlikely event you have any mild swelling.