IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial


A photofacial is procedure in which the face is treated with the IPL to improve tone, texture, and appearance. It usually consists of at least 2 passes over the entire face with the IPL handpiece. The IPL is able to stimulate the collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin, because the heat from the light is absorbed by the water in this level. The skin becomes slightly tighter, plumper, and fine lines are improved. There is some remodeling of the skin by this stimulation that also leads to improvement in acne scarring, and dilated pores. If there is alot of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the face from sun damage, the IPL will improve these. The initial reaction to the IPL is that these spots immediately darken.

Over the next 3-14 days, these areas will gradually come to the surface and flake off. Some spots require several treatments to be eradicated. The spots that are removed are forever gone, however new spots can form, so skin care products and sun precautions are extremely important. Maintenance therapy is frequently recommended which can consist of chemical peels and/or semi- annual photofacials. A series of 4-6 photofacials are recommended to start with, for optimal results, separated by 2-4 weeks. Some people have dilated blood vessels around the nose and cheek area. Using different settings and handpieces, these can be eradicated with a few treatments as well.

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Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon