In the endless battle for beautiful skin, it can feel overwhelming to look at the number of professional treatment options available. One great option that many patients begin with is the IPL Photofacial for its easy treatment, low downtime, and great results. Here’s what to know about getting started with this laser treatment option.

What is a Photofacial Treatment?

The IPL Photofacial uses laser light energy to treat skin concerns such as blemishes, discoloration, small wrinkles, noticeable pores, and scars from acne or other skin conditions. It’s a popular option for patients because it produces results quickly with a package of treatments. It’s also completely non-invasive and requires no anesthetic.

Generally, any area of your face except for the eye area can be treated with a Photofacial. It can also be used on the skin of the body, usually in areas that are often exposed to sunlight where sun damage can occur.

How does the IPL Photofacial Work?

The IPL Photofacial provides significant, low-risk benefits to patients who are hoping to address discoloration issues as well as other scars or wrinkles that don’t respond to your at-home regimen. The IPL Photofacial involves the use of a handheld device that is placed directly on the skin to emit fast pulses of light that are absorbed by melanin and red blood cells. These cells are damaged and, over time, they rise to the surface of the skin and slough off, leaving clear, healthy skin.

How do I prepare for an IPL Photofacial?

If you’re considering an IPL treatment, your laser technician will make sure you understand the steps to take both before and after treatment. Beforehand, you should avoid tanning or using certain products within a certain timeframe, since this can affect your results. It’s best to come to your appointment wearing a light, unscented moisturizer and continue to use it after treatment. Afterward, you’ll need to be sure and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your treatment area and avoid sun exposure. This is because your skin will be photosensitive after laser treatments. In general, patients notice results within a few weeks of their first session.

Create Your IPL Photofacial Treatment Package

Your first step in discovering your options with professional skin care treatments is a consultation with our skincare experts at our Seattle area offices. To get started, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.