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
- 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.