Question: I’m considering an IPL photo facial. How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
Great question! But let’s start with the basics. If you don’t already know, IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL photo facial treatments deliver broadband light through the skin, helping to restore youthful looking skin.
The Sun Is Your Enemy
Good candidates for IPL facials are individuals who have photo-aged or sun damaged skin. What is photoaging? Photoaging happens to skin from prolonged exposure over a person’s lifetime to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Many of the same changes in the skin that occur as we get older are greatly accelerated by sun exposure. What are some signs of sun damaged and/or photo-aged skin?
- Irregular coloring or pigmentation of the skin
- Permanent stretching (dilation) of small blood vessels, giving skin a mottled, reddish appearance
- Flat spots of increased pigmentation, usually brown, black or gray, known as liver spots
- Vertical creases, deep wrinkles, and loose or sagging skin caused by a breakdown of the skin’s connective tissue (collagen and elastin fibers)
- Melasma, which is a brown darkening of facial skin
IPL photo facials treat a number of different signs of sun damage as well as other dermatological issues, such as:
- Shallow acne scars or large pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging
- Irregular pigmentation caused by sun damage, aging or medication
- Brown spots or facial redness
- Broken capillaries and spider veins
Who’s not a good candidate for IPL photo facials? People with darker skin tones or tanned skin and people with deep wrinkles, scars or severe acne or rosacea.
If you’re a good candidate for IPL photo facials, you should definitely consider them over other cosmetic treatments. Compared to other skin rejuvenation techniques, results obtained with photo facials are superior. The procedure itself is also significantly gentler. Skin rejuvenation techniques such as chemical peels tend to generate stinging and burning. This often necessitates a few days spent recovering – not exactly convenient for people with active lifestyles. With photo facials, however, you can return to work the same day as a treatment!
Photo facials also boast the added benefit of being able to address difficult dermatological issues such as pigmentation problems. (Chemical peels are more suitable for broken capillaries and rosacea.)
How Do IPL Photo Facials Work?
IPL photo facials work by using a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin. This type of photo facial primarily targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) while leaving the top layers of skin (epidermis) unaffected. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin within, treating a number of different dermatological issues.
Photo facials typically require little to no recovery time. Following treatment, you can return to your normal activities.
The treatment process itself is straightforward. Before the IPL treatment, a medical professional will apply a cold gel to the target area, and you’ll be required to wear protective eyewear. The treatment lasts around 20 minutes, during which a medical professional will gently apply the IPL handpiece to your skin so that healing light rays can be delivered to the skin’s surface using precise pulses. Most IPL procedures are virtually painless, but more sensitive people might experience mild discomfort – a feeling not unlike a rubber band being snapped against the skin. Photo facials typically require little to no recovery time. Following treatment, you can return to your normal activities. More intense IPL treatments, however, may produce sunburn-like symptoms for up to two weeks after the procedure.
It’s Never Too Late to Reverse Aging with IPL Photo Facials
You can expect outstanding results with IPL photo facials. But you must be diligent about scheduling treatment sessions. IPL photo facial treatments call for five treatment sessions spaced three weeks apart to obtain desired results. In some cases, those results can be seen after only the first treatment! And skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.
America Loves LaserAway’s IPL Photo Facials
Thousands of men and women have benefitted from LaserAway’s state of the art treatments. LaserAway is proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. It hires the most highly-trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, LaserAway uses the most innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. LaserAway aims to make your photo facial experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. If you want to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please email the LaserAway staff at LaserAway.com or call us at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to uncovering a new, more radiant you.