Photo Facial or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is a procedure that can be performed on your face, chest, neck, and hands. It is effective in reducing redness, lifting pigmentation related to aging and sun damage, and minimize the appearance of scarring because of acne or trauma. It will rejuvenate the overall look and feel of your skin.
WHAT IS A PHOTO FACIAL?
A Photo Facial is a technique for removing discoloration in the skin resulting in an even and youthful appearance. This procedure is non-surgical and requires no downtime.
HOW DOES A PHOTO FACIAL WORK?
The Photo Facial utilizes intense pulsed light that is applied to the area being treated. The pulsed light penetrates the skin. Heat impairs pigmentation or vessels and the body begins its natural healing process. The pigmented area will darken and flake off and vessels will be reabsorbed into the body. The skin’s appearance is left more youthful with even tones and reduced redness.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PHOTO FACIAL TREATMENT?
The Photo Facial will improve the following conditions:
Sun and age spots
Fine lines and wrinkles
Improve uneven pigmentation and red flushing of the skin
Smooth skin and even the skins tone
Improve the appearance of Rosacea and broken capillaries
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for this treatment? / Will this treatment work for me?
The best candidate is someone who has an uneven complexion with signs of discoloration or visible veins on their skin. Photofacial treatments may also work to improve the look of fine lines.
I have darker skin – can I still get this treatment done?
Photofacial treatments work best for light to medium skin tones.
Can I do it during my lunch break?
Absolutely. Exact treatment times may vary depending on the patient, but a single session typically takes 15-20 minutes.
How often/far apart should the treatments be?
Treatments are done 3 weeks apart.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the treatment?
Make sure your skin is clean. Do not apply any lotions, creams, or makeup before your session, and stop using any products that might irritate your skin 2-3 days before. You must also avoid tanning, including with self-tanners. You may be advised to shave the area before your treatment. Remove all jewelry around the area being treated.
How long does a treatment session last?
One session usually lasts 15-20 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
What does the treatment feel like?
The IPL treatment feels like a light snap or flick on the surface of the skin.
Will it be painful?
The applicator has a cooling feature built into it to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, but you might feel a bit of discomfort if you’re treating a more sensitive area, like the upper lip. If you find it too uncomfortable, let the operator know and they can adjust the treatment accordingly.
How long will the results last and are they permanent?
It really depends on how your skin reacts to the treatment and how you care for your skin afterward. For example, if you protect your skin from the sun, the results will last longer. We recommend one touch-up session every 3-6 months, depending on your skin responds to the treatment.