Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Philadelphia

IPL Photofacial An Overview

The Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery offers IPL, intense pulsed light, also known as photofacial or photorejuvenation, in Langhorne, PA and Southern New Jersey. IPL is an effective treatment for conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, rosacea (red complexion), port wine birthmarks, and sun spots. IPL is non-ablative, meaning that it does not damage the surface of the skin.

IPL Photofacial treats a number of conditions including:

  • Sun damage and sun-induced freckles
  • Age spots and brown spots
  • Redness, broken capillaries
  • Rosacea
  • Port wine birthmarks
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

IPL Photofacial What to Expect

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. This technique delivers high intensity light pulses to the deep layer of tissue known as the dermis, while leaving the superficial layer of skin (epidermis) untouched.

IPL Photofacial treatment is most effective in a series of treatments, typically 1 – 3 sessions spaced four weeks apart. Since IPL leaves the surface of the skin undamaged, there really is no recovery time necessary with this procedure. Treatments take only 30–45 minutes and patients can leave the office and return to work the same day.

How Does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Work?

IPL Photofacial delivers a broad spectrum of light through a handpiece that is placed gently over the skin. The cosmetic doctor has the ability to adjust the wavelength range for customized treatment depending on skin type, conditions and patient goals.

The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the melanin to improve the appearance of skin.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Results

Most patients see an immediate change in the appearance of their skin following IPL Photofacial treatment. For optimal results, your cosmetic doctor may suggest a series of treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.

Some people experience a slight redness (like a sunburn) which can be covered by makeup. There is also very little, if any, pain associated with this procedure; therefore, no topical anesthetic is necessary. Also, large areas of skin can be treated at one time with this procedure.

Side effects may include redness and increase/decreased pigment in the treated area. IPL cannot be used on tan or sun exposed skin. Use of daily sunscreen and avoidance of all sun exposure or tanning for four weeks prior to the procedure is essential for safe treatment.

IPL Photofacial FAQs

Is IPL right for me?

IPL Photofacial is a great option for men and women affected by blotchy skin, sun-damaged skin, or skin discoloration. IPL can also be used to treat freckles, wrinkles and large pores. Your cosmetic doctor will determine if IPL is right for you. We will perform a complimentary analysis to review your medical history, examine your skin and discuss your goals.

What will I look like after treatment?

Following IPL Photofacial, it is normal to experience a slight redness, similar to a sunburn. You may immediately cover this with make-up or powder.

Is treatment painful?

IPL Photofacial is a comfortable procedure. Patients report a sensation similar to a rubber band snap. Your cosmetic doctor may treat the skin with a topical anesthetic cream prior to treatment to numb the skin and make the procedure more comfortable.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of IPL Photofacial treatments depends on the condition of the skin and desired goals. In general, we recommend a series of 3 to 6 sessions spaced four weeks apart.

How much does IPL Photofacial cost?

Prices will vary according to the treatment area. Generally, the average cost for photofacial IPL is between $150- $600 per treatment, depending on the area treated.

How long will the results last?

The results of IPL Photofacial will depend largely on your skin care routine. IPL Photofacial does not stop the aging process. It can, however, significantly reduce or reverse visible signs of aging. It is important that you avoid sun exposure and invest in professional grade skin care products. Maintenance treatments may also help extend the results of IPL Photofacial.