What to Expect During an IPL Photo Facial

IPL photo facials use various wavelengths of intense pulsed light to address a wide range of skin concerns, from aging to scarring. This FDA-approved cosmetic solution has been popular since the 1990s and can resurface your skin for radiant results. Non-invasive and convenient, this med spa service can gently improve your skin texture and complexion. Although intense pulsed light affects the skin on a cellular level, this technology does not interfere with any other tissues.

Many people associate IPL photo facials with facial rejuvenation, your provider may recommend IPL methods to treat other body parts such as the upper chest, neck, shoulders, and arms.

Conditions IPL Photo Facials Can Treat

  • Acne scars
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken capillaries
  • Brown spots
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Redness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Spider veins
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage

Am I a Good Candidate for an IPL Photo Facial?

Most people are suitable for IPL photo facials, although the treatment can have greater results on individuals with light to medium complexion. At Novopelle Med Spa, our providers perform a physical examination and ask specific questions to ensure that you are a good candidate for any aesthetic service you are interested in.

If you experience any of the following, we may recommend an alternative treatment:

  • Pregnancy
  • Certain prescription medication
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Recent tan
  • Very dark skin
  • Severe scarring or sun damage

What Happens During My IPL Photo Facial

On the day of your treatment, you should avoid wearing perfume or makeup to prevent irritation. Most IPL photo facials only take 15 to 30 minutes. If you are receiving treatment for multiple areas, your appointment may last up to an hour.

For your comfort, your provider applies a numbing gel to your skin, although some people may experience a minor stinging sensation. They give you dark glasses to wear to protect your eyes.

Your aesthetician or dermatologist then directs controlled pulses of light to your skin to treat its deeper layers.

IPL technology helps:

  • Repair skin damage and scarring
  • Slow down the aging process
  • Stimulate your natural production of collagen

An IPL photo facial also reveals younger skin cells that create a more youthful look over the following weeks.

Does It Require Downtime?

IPL photo facials require no downtime. You can resume your daily activities right after leaving your aesthetician’s office. Combined with the short duration of treatment, this cosmetic solution is easy to fit into a busy schedule!

Will I Experience Side Effects?

The treated area(s) may feel like you have got a sunburn for up to six hours after the end of your appointment. Your provider may recommend using a cool washcloth to alleviate your discomfort. You may also experience some redness, swelling, or bruising for a couple of days.

If you received treatment for brown spots, they may look darker for a short time before peeling within the following weeks.

Your aesthetician can recommend you do the following for a few days or weeks:

  • Avoid makeup if your skin feels painful
  • Consistently use a moisturizing lotion
  • Use sensitive skin products until you can resume your normal skin care routine
  • Wear sunscreen every day and make sure it has at least an SPF 30

If you are unsure of what to do after your appointment, ask your dermatologist or aesthetician to get personalized recommendations.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments you need depends on which area and concern you want to receive IPL photo facials for. However, many individuals get three to six sessions to reach their desired results. Your provider usually schedules each appointment every two to four weeks.

If you only notice an improvement in your skin after a few weeks, this is completely normal. Once you get your full results, you can typically enjoy them for years with a consistent and appropriate skin care routine.

You can also combine an IPL photo facial with other treatments if you want to meet multiple aesthetic goals. Your skin care professional can create a customized care plan to help you look and feel rejuvenated.

Call Novopelle Med Spa today at (888) 429-7055 or fill out our online form to schedule an IPL photo facial consultation in Dallas!

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