Thinking of getting an IPL Photofacial? We’re here to cover what it is, and some things you need to know going into it. An IPL Photofacial is an innovative treatment that delivers high-energy light to the skin. In doing so, it improves various aspects of your complexion. It can tackle sun damage like age spots, wrinkles and uneven texture while also helping with concerns related to redness or rough surface appearance due excessive pore size; all without harming delicate collagen structures!
What Exactly Is An IPL Photofacial?
The IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. As the name suggests, IPL Photofacials work by pulsing lightwaves that are absorbed into the skin. This procedure is given via a handheld device which is put into direct contact with the skin. When on the treatment area the device then emits pulses of broad spectrum light. The intense nature of the IPL photofacial’s light pulses allows it to penetrate deeper into the skins layers. As a result, this treatment is ideal for managing broken capillaries, sun damage, stretch marks, age spots, and many other impurities.
Any Tips To Keep In Mind When Going In For My Treatment?
The device works by detecting unsightly areas that you and your medspa technician want to target. Despite this, tanned skin can create problems. It may hinder the machine’s targeting which may cause the treatment to not work as well as it should. If you have already tanned, it is best to spend a little time outside of the sun for a while and wait for the tan to fade before getting your treatment done.
The broad spectrum light pulses also act on your hemoglobin (a component of your blood cells) to work its magic, and therefore it is recommended to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, anticoagulants, alcohol, and any other substances that can thin the blood. Speaking of things to avoid, prior to getting an IPL Photofacial it is also wise to avoid any medications or other procedures that can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light. However, be sure to discuss the treatment with your doctor before discontinuing ANY medications.
So far we’ve covered what to keep in mind before the treatment, but it’s also worth noting that the treatment itself can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and while not painful can cause mild discomfort during the procedure. A small price to pay for flawless skin in our opinion!
Everyone knows the old saying “it’s darkest before dawn”. Similarly, you can expect freckles, sunspots, and other blemishes to become darker and more prominent after your treatment. You have nothing to worry about, though. This is a normal part of the process before they come off naturally in under 3 weeks.
After years of withstanding harmful UV rays, pollution, harsh cleaners, and just plain old aging, the wear and tear on our skin starts to show. After reading a bit more about the procedure as well as what you can expect before, during, and after, we hope you’ll feel confident enough to book your first appointment to show your skin some appreciation with a rejuvenating IPL Photofacial today! You can schedule your first IPL treatment at a medspa near you. Be sure to search our listing for the best options in your area!