Answering Your Questions About The IPL Photofacial
Date Published: October 29th, 2018
If you are suffering from sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or any similar issues, you should know that Seattle Skin and Laser brings you an innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) photofacial procedure that can restore your beauty and rejuvenate your skin like never before. IPL™ photo rejuvenation is the next best thing in modern dermatology as it turns red and blemished skin into a radiant complexion. Here are some answers to common questions about this effective treatment.
What Is the IPL™ Photofacial?
IPL™ Photo rejuvenation works by constricting the collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis, which reduces redness on the surface of the skin. It uses Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, to target areas of pigmentation, breaking down melanin in the skin and also jumpstarting the skin’s collagen production. This treatment can be highly effective on many different skin conditions, including sun damage, pigmentation, and even visible veins.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Your treatment package can depend largely on your treatment areas and how effective the IPL technique will be during one treatment session. Generally, most patients benefit from a package of a few treatments spaced up to 4 weeks apart in order to give the skin sufficient time to recover and rejuvenate with its natural cell turnover rate. During your consultation, your specialist can give you the best idea of what to expect.
What is the Recovery Period?
The IPL Photofacial doesn’t require any downtime, but your skin will need time to recover. This can require a few days of ensuring your skin is cared for and protected. The most important step to take during the next few days and weeks after treatment is to make sure your skin is protected from UV damage with sufficient sun protection. For most patients, any redness or pigmentation as a result of the procedure fades within the day.
Is the IPL Photofacial Safe?
IPL™ involves minimal pain and discomfort. In comparison with laser techniques, the procedure is non-ablative and removes no skin whatsoever, meaning easier recovery and lower risk of complications or infections. However, there are some risks associated with the procedure, such as scabbing, bruising, blistering, and changes in the pigmentation, although most of these issues disappear.
The Seattle Skin and Laser team offer effective and safe IPL™ photofacials in the Seattle and Edmonds area. You can request an appointment today by contacting us at (206) 525-1168 or our Skincare clinic at (425) 778-7546.