Anyone experiencing the damaging effects of the sun, age spots, freckles, and Rosacea can benefit from IPL. Both men and women make excellent candidates for the treatment. IPL is gentle enough for any ethnicity or skin type. Although IPL is safe for all areas of the face or body, the most commonly treated areas are those affected by the sun; these include the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.
IPL does not harm the surface of the skin, as the concentrated laser light targets the lower layers of the dermis, without damaging the top layers. Several treatments will be necessary to achieve the best results. Depending the size of the area and the extent of correction needed, between three and six treatments are normally required. Maintenance IPL sessions may also be recommended, to prolong the results of treatment. *
During an IPL treatment, the Practioner will use a hand piece to meticulously deliver short pulses of light to the predetermined areas of the face or body. These broadband light pulses, delivered at various wavelengths, will be absorbed by the melanin in dark areas of the skin. This area is gently warmed, causing damage to the dark veins or unwanted tissue, allowing them to be safely broken down by the body. It will take between one and two weeks to see the full benefits from an IPL treatment. The dark spots will slowly begin to flake off, as the lower layers of skin move to the surface. *
An IPL treatment takes less than 30 minutes in the office, not requiring any anesthesia. The procedure is completely safe and virtually risk free. The IPL therapy requires no downtime; patients are able to return immediately to work or school. While some mild redness and swelling may be experienced, these usually fade quickly and make-up may be worn throughout this process. There is no restriction of activities following a treatment, but patients must wear sunscreen continuously for maximum results.
What is IPL?
IPL, or Photofacial, is a noninvasive treatment designed to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, and sun damage. Sometimes referred to as photo rejuvenation, an IPL treatment is also be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from rosacea.
What areas can be treated with IPL?
An IPL treatment can be used on almost any area of the skin. The most commonly treated areas include the face, chest, hands, arms, and back.
How is IPL performed?
To begin, a cool gel is applied to the predetermined treatment area. Next, your Practitioner will gently run a smooth handheld device over the skin, delivering precise light pulses, using the state-of-the-art Cutera technology. Protective eyewear is always worn during an IPL procedure.
How long does an IPL treatment take in the office?
An IPL treatment will last less than 30 minutes in the office. *
Am I a good candidate for IPL?
Both men and women, frustrated by freckles, age spots, sun damage, or rosacea may make an excellent IPL candidate. Patients should always be in generally good health, with realistic expectations for their IPL treatment.
The innovative technology behind the IPL treatment make it much more comfortable than other procedures.
What can I expect from the IPL recovery period?
Initially, patients may note some redness and swelling on the treatment area, although this will resolve quickly. Skin spots may darken immediately after an IPL treatment, but within seven to ten days, these should fade or flake off. During the recovery period, patients must wear sunblock to ensure optimal results. Patients are able to return to work or school the same day, make-up may be worn throughout this process and strenuous exercise is also permitted.
When can I return to work after my IPL treatment?
An IPL treatment requires no downtime. Patients are able to return to work the same afternoon; strenuous exercise is also permitted.
Are the results from IPL permanent?
While the results from an IPL treatment can be long lasting, the normal aging process will continue and may result in new areas of damage.
What are the possible risks of IPL?
IPL treatments have been around for over 20 years and they are proven to be safe for the skin. Hyperpigmentation may occur on the rare occasion, but these dark areas will normally fade within seven to ten days. By choosing an experienced provider, and utilizing advanced technology like Cutera provides, complications are rare.