What is an IPL Photofacial?

Intense pulsed light is a nonsurgical skin renewal skin treatment, that uses a laser light device to deliver light energy into your skin, targeting unwanted pigmentation which will slowly disappear as your body’s natural healing process progresses.

IPL™ is a non-invasive procedure that uses pulsed light therapy to treat many different dermatologic problems including:

  • Dilated blood vessels
  • Rosacea
  • Red cherry angiomas
  • Freckles & Sun spots (Brown spots)
  • Acne

What to expect from Treatment

Prior to treatment, your practitioner may have you eliminate the use of certain skin care products for a short period of time to ensure that your skin is at it’s most resilient. On the day of treatment, your skin will be cleansed and prepped with a toner to remove any oils for dry and clean skin. To start, the applicator of the laser will be pressed firmly over the treatment areas and light will be emitted and absorbed by the skin. Your practitioner may do another pass if they feel it’s necessary.

Results and Recovery

Post-treatment, your skin may feel slightly sensitive or warm to the touch with some redness. These symptoms will quickly fade over the next couple of hours. An important aftercare step is to keep your skin protected from the sun. Your skin will be particularly sensitive for the next few days, and for best results, you will want to stay out of the sun.

Frequently Asked Questions

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For more cosmetic dermatology options, please see our dermal filler, sclerotherapy, or fractional CO2 skin resurfacing services. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, contact Seattle Skin & Laser today to speak with a skin care professional.  Seattle Skin and Laser also treats patients from Mercer Island and the Issaquah area.

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