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We all want to look our very best and an IPL photo rejuvenation treatment, also called a photofacial treatment, can help many people reclaim smooth, youthful skin with even tone and pigmentation. In short, you’ll be photo-ready. When it comes to aesthetic treatment like IPL, it’s always best to partner with a knowledgeable dermatologist who can ensure you achieve the results you’re after while limiting potential damage to your skin. You can learn more about this cosmetic treatment option on this page and by contacting the U.S. Dermatology Partners location nearest your home. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
IPL Photo Rejuvenation is a completely safe, comfortable, non-invasive procedure that uses intense pulses of light to penetrate deep into the skin. These light pulses (like a camera flash) cause collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis (the top layer of skin) to constrict. The light waves are passed through either hemoglobin (red blood cells) or melanin (pigmented cells) in the skin breaking down the cells, which are then reabsorbed into the body, reducing discoloration. In addition to evening out the complexion, the heat directed into the inner layers of skin also stimulates the production of more collagen, which is an effective way to improve skin’s texture and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This treatment helps to improve many skin irregularities, including:
IPL Photo Rejuvenation can be used on the face as well as the hands, chest, and neck.
Anyone who is interested in creating an even skin tone may be a good candidate for IPL photorejuvenation. However, the best candidates are those individuals who have light, untanned skin with some freckles, wrinkles, larger pores, age spots, or other concerns who would like to diminish the appearance of these skin irregularities. While IPL photofacial treatment may be used for individuals with darker or tanned skin, this is not always a good treatment option. Unfortunately for individuals with darker pigmentation, the IPL photo rejuvenation treatment may change the color of healthy skin as well as the areas of irregularities. We usually do not recommend IPL photorejuvenation treatments during the summer since exposure to sunlight or tanning skin can alter the results.
In addition to individuals with darker skin tones and those who may experience tanning due to sun exposure, expectant mothers are not usually good candidates for these procedures either. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can lead to skin discolorations, but these typically clear up after delivery. The potential risks associated with IPL photorejuvenation are minimal, but they can be more serious during pregnancy. For this reason, IPL photorejuvenation is not usually recommended for expecting mothers.
Due to some skin conditions and sensitives, IPL photofacial treatment may be the wrong choice. Eczema, acne, severe dermatitis, a history of keloid scarring, or generally sensitive skin can all lead to an elevated risk for adverse reactions after IPL photorejuvenation.
Finally, there are some health conditions (cancer, lupus, seizures), medications (photosensitizing medication, diabetes treatments, blood thinners), and surgical appliances (pacemakers, metal pins) that mean IPL photofacial treatment will not be indicated.
Before we begin the IPL photo rejuvenation process, you’ll visit one of our dermatologists for a consultation visit. During this appointment, your dermatologist will carefully examine your skin, review your needs, and partner with you to create a treatment plan. If that plan includes IPL photorejuvenation, we’ll ask you to take some steps to prepare for the treatment visit.
Specifically, you should:
On the day of your IPL photofacial treatment, you’ll wear protective eyewear, and a gel will be applied to the treatment area to keep it cool during the procedure. Then, your dermatologist will use a handheld device to deliver pulses of bright light to the area being treated. You will feel a warm sensation throughout the procedure. In most cases, the IPL photo rejuvenation treatment plan will take place over 3 to 5 sessions, and each subsequent session is usually more comfortable than the last. That means your initial treatment may be a little more uncomfortable, but you can expect the additional sessions to be increasingly more comfortable.
Depending on the size of the area, you should plan to be in our office for between 30 and 45 minutes, during treatment. The treatment itself will take some time to be effective. You may start to see improvement about a week after the procedure, and you’ll continue to see improvement for several weeks after each round of treatment. Everyone responds differently to IPL photo facial treatment, but we’ll assess your progress throughout the procedure and at periodic follow-up visits to ensure you’re achieving the desired results.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation has a relatively easy recovery, which means you can return to your daily routine immediately. Potential side effects are usually minor and they disappear quickly.
Some of the most common side effects include:
In rare cases, changes in pigmentation (lighter or darker skin tone) can occur. This is most common in darker-skinned people and those who have recently tanned or burned their skin prior to treatment.
Each patient will receive a customized IPL photo rejuvenation treatment plan that addresses their individual needs. Normally, IPL photofacials require multiple treatments, spaced a few weeks apart to achieve optimal results. The good news is that the results can last several years after the final treatment. There are some factors, including sun exposure, that will impact the length of time between maintenance treatments. During an annual professional exam, we can determine whether or not you need retreatment and create an ongoing maintenance plan that suits your individual needs. Your dermatologist at U.S. Dermatology Partners would be happy to provide more information on this treatment and its benefits, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
*Results may vary by individual