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IPL Photofacial Rejuvenation

Photofacial rejuvenation is a non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Photofacials improve the signs of sun damage, redness, and brown spots on the face, hands, and body. There is absolutely no recuperation time – with an IPL Photofacial, you can return to work or resume your normal activities right after your treatment. You will notice a gradual, natural looking improvement in your skin. IPL Photofacial is safe for nearly all skin types.

What IPL Photofacial Treats

  • Sunspots / Sun Damage
  • Rosacea / Redness
  • Melasma

How It Works

The Intense Pulsed Light system utilizes a large spectrum of wavelengths to treat the skin. Different hand pieces are used which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as sun spot removal and vessel clearance. The IPL handpieces emit pulses of light into the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in brown spots and the blood in visible vessels, and converted to heat. The heat dissolves the cells that create the pigment and shrinks the vessels.

What Can I Expect?

It’s extremely important to not be tan (including artificial tans), as this may interfere with the IPL procedure. A mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the laser is being pulsed. No anesthesia is necessary.

Immediately after treatment, you may feel like you have a slight sunburn, with minor redness and possibly swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cold compresses or ice packs. Your brown spots will also darken after treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within 1-2 weeks. Moisturizer with sunscreen is applied immediately afterwards and should be continued throughout the duration of your IPL Photofacial treatment sessions. For most patients, it takes 4-6 treatments approximately 3 weeks apart.

After three IPL treatments

After three IPL treatments on left cheek

After three IPL treatments on right cheek

IPL Photofacial Rejuvenation Demo with Dr. Diane Chiu & Nicki Vaseghi

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