​​Contraindications/Risks/ Common Concerns for IPL Photofacial

How Long Do IPL Photofacial Results Last?

Please come prepared with freshly washed skin and no makeup. The medical professional will apply a cool gel to your skin, which enhances the effect of the light waves. The medical professional moves the laser over the skin in a grid-like pattern, flashing the light about every centimeter. 

​​​​What Does IPL Photofacial Treat?

​​​​How Does IPL Photofacial Work?

​​​​How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Do I need?

  •  Brown and Red Spots
  •  Freckles
  •  Sun Damage
  •  Spider Veins
  •  Redness
  •  Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
  •  Pigment Imperfections

​​Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial

 After the treatment, the medical professional will again clean the skin, removing the gel.You will likely be slightly red. Sun screen will be applied to your skin. There is no significant down time.  Hyperpigmented , sun spots will darken and flake off over the next week or so. You are free to reapply make up right  away and return to your normal skin care routine. Be sure to stay out of the sun for at least the next week and be consistent in sun screen application .                                                                       

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Those with a higher Fitzpatrick score (Types 5-6), those with a tan and those with melasma are not good candidates. Because the light rays are attracted to pigment, darker skin tones can actually become discolored and melasma patches can become darker.

​Where Treatment Areas Are Best For IPL Photofacial?

Photofacial results will be seen within the 1st week. Results perpetually improve over time, with best results being seen three months after the last treatment. Sun protection and skin care maintenance are essential to the longevity of the results. Sunburns and over exposure will bring back old spots and freckles and dullness will return if proper exfoliation during daily routines are neglected. A new series of treatments are recommended every year for optimal results.

For best results, 3-5 treatments are typically recommended, about four weeks apart.

​​​​How Long Is The IPL Photofacial Appointment?


Photofacial would not necessarily be called painful, but it can be a a little uncomfortable. Patients describe the feeling as a rubber band snapping on their skin. 

​​​​​​​​Who Is/Is Not a Good Candidate for IPL Photofacial?

During Your IPL Photofacial Appointment

​Post IPL Photofacial Treatment

As with any treatment, there are some risks, this is why you should only trust an experienced and licensed medical professional. Clients with melasma will experience a darkening in those areas and should not be treated. Those who have been on a photosensitive antibiotic must be off of the medication for 1 week prior to treatment. Patients taking Accutane should not receive treatment for 6 months after finishing Accutane therapy.

​​​Is IPL Photofacial Painful?

The length of treatment is dependent on the number of areas being treated. The average treatment time ranges from 15-30 minutes.

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands
  • Shoulders
  • Legs
  • Arms

IPL Photofacial is Intense Pulsed Light that emits multiple wavelengths into the skin and effectively targets pigment producing cells below the surface of the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy and destroys the hyperactive melanin producing cells in the layers of your skin, eventually dispersing pigmented areas. The spots are pulled to the surface, eventually turning into a coffee-ground-like texture that eventually flakes off revealing beautiful, radiant skin beneath.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues, such as brown spots, sun damage and red spots, and Rosacea. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. IPL Photofacial can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back, arms, legs and just about anywhere else. Photofacial is also an effective treatment for broken veins and spider veins.