I see on this site that photofacial and IPL are the same. I had 5 sessions of "photofacial" on my hands about 5 years ago for freckles and spots with NO results. This year I had only ONE treatment of "IPL" on my hands with wonderful results.
The freckles and spots are completely gone and I have a nice even tone. The doc stated that it depends on how high the doc makes the setting on the machine. She did a small test on my hand for free so that I could decide if this was for me based on my past disappointment.
One reality is that IPL does NOT improve skin texture, only color. Another point, it took more like 3 weeks for my hands to be completely even and for all the spots to flake off.