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A Photofacial treatment is a series of gentle intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments developed to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin, as well as reduce redness and flushing, resulting in more youthful-looking skin. IPL Photofacial (also known as fotofacial) treatments consistently and predictably improve the texture, tone and color of the skin with little to no down time. IPL also stimulates the growth of collagen, decreases pore size and gives skin a youthful appearance.
A Photofacial’s short treatment time, quick effects and lack of downtime make it popular. A Photofacial series gives skin a healthy, youthful look and decreases the appearance of blemishes such as brown spots, age spots, sun damage, freckles, and redness from rosacea. Noticeable results can appear after the first treatment. A session lasts about a half an hour. The effects of an IPL Photofacial series can be long-lasting if the skin is well cared for.
Discontinue use of Accutane® for six months, Retin-A® for two weeks and glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid products for a week before your treatment. Avoid sun and sunless tanning for four weeks. Do not take aspirin or other blood thinners for at least three days before your treatment. You cannot be treated while you have infections or sores in the area.
Protect your skin with moisturizers and sunscreen. Cold compresses and steroid creams may be used as necessary. Avoid irritating your skin, and keep away from the sun and sunless tanners for a couple of weeks after your IPL photofacial.
What does the IPL Photofacial treatment entail?
The skin is cleansed, prepared with gel and then treated with the light. Afterwards, the gel is cleaned off and replaced with sunscreen. Cold compresses may be used if needed.
How many IPL treatments are required?
The standard treatment is a series of three to five treatments performed at three to four week intervals. Some may be satisfied with the results from two or three sessions, and some may desire additional sessions.
Are there any possible side effects?
You may experience a sunburned look for a few hours after treatment, and targeted spots will temporarily appear darker and flake off in a couple of days. Hair growth may be affected. Swelling, blistering, infection, unwanted pigmentation changes and scarring are rare side effects. Existing viral infections such as shingles and herpes may be activated by the treatment.
What conditions respond best to IPL treatment?
Rosacea, age spots, enlarged pores, freckles, liver spots, and sun spots all respond well to a Photofacial.
Will there be any downtime?
No, you may immediately return to your normal routine and even apply makeup.
What can be expected post-treatment?
Your skin will be sensitive and will need to be protected from the sun. Any swelling will be minimal and can be treated with cold compresses. Dark spots from the treatment should flake off after a few days.
Who should avoid an IPL Photofacial?
You may want to reconsider having a Photofacial if you have a history of excessive scarring, bleeding or bruising, sun sensitivity, keloid formation or poor healing. Those with a family history of skin cancer should talk to a specialist about whether or not to proceed with a Photofacial.
What are the limitations of a Photofacial?
Those with darker skin are less likely to see results and more likely to experience adverse side effects.
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