Everyone wants to achieve a healthy glow and reverse damages that our skin incurred from sun damage, aging, hyperpigmentation, and splotchy skin due to certain medical conditions. 

As we age, our skin begins to produce less collagen and heals slower which causes dull and uneven skin tone. IPL treatment is one of the best ways to fix skin discolorations and undesirable texture of the skin without getting surgery.

Dr. Kim Harris of Prescott Medical Aesthetics will discuss here everything you need to expect after IPL photo facial. Continue reading this article to know more. 

What is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment?

The Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial (IPL) is one of the gentle laser treatments that are done to target age spots, remove unwanted hair, skin discoloration, and improve the overall texture of the skin. 

According to Dr. Harris, IPL treatments use intense pulses of light to create a painless process of removing dead skin and minimizing the appearance of sun damage, and fine lines. The result? A smooth and healthy appearance of the skin!

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How does IPL work?

During the process of intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), a light-emitting device is precisely directed into the epidermis. The laser produces heat to the problem areas within the under layer, the dermis. This heat causes superficial injury while also activating the natural healing process of the skin tissue. 

“As it heals, the skin will shed off dead skin cells. It also breaks down dark pigments of freckles, age spots, and discoloration.  Along with this process, essential proteins like collagen and elastin are triggered to produce in abundance,” said Dr. Harris.

What to Expect After IPL Photofacial?

How long will you see results after IPL?

An IPL procedure may take about 30 minutes or a maximum of 1 hour. “Most patients experience swelling and redness for 24-48 hours. Others notice that their dark spots and freckles look darker than normal for 3 to 7 days,” Dr. Harris shared.

She also added that although the downtime is relatively low, the full effects of IPL can be felt within a week or a maximum of 10 days.

Why should you get IPL treatment?

There are many reasons why you should try this procedure. Here’s what to expect after IPL photofacial!

Reduces the appearance of dark spots

IPL facials help target discolorations brought by excessive sun exposure and spots. The light-emitting device used to perform IPL helps draw out damaged cells to restore even skin tone. 

Helps treats acne

Intense pulsed light can get to the root cause of acne by killing harmful bacteria that cause inflammation. It can also reduce the appearance of acne scars with regular treatment sessions. 

Prevents premature aging 

IPL Photofacial can change the structure of skin cells, making them work like young cells to improve bad skin conditions, such as wrinkles and uneven texture. 

It is non-invasive

This treatment is superficial yet it targets the deep layer of the dermis responsible for regeneration making it look supple and firm. The short downtime period of IPL facial treatment makes it an ideal replacement for chemical peels. 

Who Should Get IPL Treatment?

woman getting facial treatment

All skin types are qualified for IPL treatment. However, certain conditions such as pregnancy, extreme acne, and existing skin diseases are subject to the evaluation of a skin specialist

Dr. Kim Harris also encourages those who are interested in an IPL treatment to consider factors such as sensitivity to light and if they had a skin procedure done before this treatment.

Getting the best skin expert to perform this treatment is certainly the best option to achieve the desired result. If you want to know more about IPL, get in touch with an expert aesthetician and schedule a consultation.

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