Photofacial / IPL

Definition

IPL delivers pure light that enhances your body's natural processes to counteract the effects of aging, as well as gives your skin a younger and healthier look. The treatment effectively corrects imperfections on your neck, chest, face and hands. IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light.

Are IPL Treatments Safe?

Yes. Light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted tissues, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. However, some bruising or redness may occur.

Applications for IPL

IPL Skin Treatments have the unique capacity to treat multiple conditions. They can address the signs of photo-aging, age spots and sun damage (sun-induced freckles), broken capillaries, pigmentary and vascular changes, as well as treating red scars and new stretch marks. IPL treats hyperpigmentation by reducing the effects of excess hemoglobin, which cause redness or purple coloration, and the effects of excess melanin, which cause brown coloration.

Treat Scars with IPL

At Beautologie we find IPL a successful approach for reducing the appearance of new, reddish scars. This non-invasive, gentle approach uses targeted flashes of light to treat dilated and broken blood vessels, which lighten the scars, gradually bringing it back to your natural skin color.

How many treatments do I need?

IPL Photo Rejuvenation can be delivered as a single treatment or as a course of treatments. Typically, a patient will require up to five-six treatments. After each treatment, we will evaluate your response to the prior initial treatments.

Is IPL Painful?

You will experience a slight sensation as the pulses of therapeutic light are passed over your skin. The sensation is very mild and easily tolerated. Topical anesthetic creams are not needed.

Consultation

We require that you be seen in consultation prior to your first IPL treatment. IPL is a non-invasive medical procedure. Your skin must be assessed by the doctor prior to scheduling your first treatment. You will benefit from the experienced assessment of a qualified, trusted physician. During your consultation any specific concerns or questions will be addressed.

After the Procedure

Post-treatment discomfort is almost nonexistent. After treatment, the treated skin may appear a little flushed and capillaries may seem to be more visible. The flushed look soon fades away, and the capillaries appear to vanish, leaving the skin looking younger. It's that simple. Following any treatment, avoid any harsh skin cleansers and use sunscreenm.

Red blemishes from broken blood vessels and brown spots of pigment from sun damage respond to Intense Pulsed Light. The light is changed to heat energy as it reaches to the level of the collagen beneath the skin surface.

Your skin may look slightly flushed temporarily. This mild "glow" will usually not be noticed by other individuals. If you wish, you may apply powder or make-up right away.

Results

The results achieved from the treatment series can be expected to last for possibly several years or longer. However, with the passage of time and with environmental exposure, skin ages as we do. IPL will provide benefits and significantly reverse many of the visible signs of sun-damaged skin. The improvement that has been achieved following a first series of five treatments can be maintained by occasional single maintenance treatments.

How Can IPL Benefit Me?

Areas of skin which will benefit the most are generally sun exposed areas. The common areas treated are the face, the neck, the chest and the backs of the hands.