Intense Pulsed Light or IPL is a gentle skin therapy often referred to as a photorejuvenation or a photofacial. The treatment encourages skin healing and regeneration by removing damaged and aged skin while stimulating growth of the natural skin protein collagen.
IPL photofacials treat a variety of cosmetic skin conditions such as sun damage, blotchy or discolored skin, enlarged pores, freckles, and even fine wrinkles. The high-energy light waves penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production, which fills wrinkles and restores your skin to a younger, smoother, and suppler appearance. While the deep layers of the skin are treated, the surface of the skin is cooled and remains intact. This means you experience little or no downtime as a result of your treatments and almost no discomfort.
Conditions treated with IPL Photorejuvenation
- Aged and sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
- Broken capillaries
- Spider veins
- Red acne scars
- Facial redness
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin texture
- Stretch marks
What to expect from a Photofacial
The photofacial procedure is very gentle. After the skin is cleansed and a topical anesthetic applied, an intense beam of light is directed at the area to be treated through a hand piece that moves across the skin. Cool air is blown across the surface of the skin, while the light penetrates the skin, causing minor damage to pigmented or vascular areas. This stimulates the natural repair mechanisms in the skin to remove the damaged tissue, resulting in healthier, more vibrant skin.
After a treatment, the area may appear slightly flushed, but this is quite normal and will resolve quickly. Results are not apparent for several hours to a few days after therapy, depending on the condition being treated and its location. As collagen forms, redness will decrease and the skin will appear smoother.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments Dr. Holloway will recommend depends on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, photofacial treatments are more effective when spaced out over several sessions. Each session takes about 30 minutes, and with each treatment, the results become more pronounced.