What is an IPL Photofacial?
An IPL Photofacial may be something you’ve never even heard of. Or, maybe you have, and you just aren’t fully aware of its life-changing benefits to your skin. An IPL, or intense pulsed light, Photofacial is a facial that improves the color and texture of your skin without surgery. IPL Photofacials can cure years of damage to the skin, like sun exposure, hyperpigmentation, and more. The main need for an IPL Photofacial is to take years off your complexion and give you that ageless, smooth complexion that you’ve been wanting. So, how do you know if you’re a good candidate for an IPL Photofacial? Let’s discuss!
Who needs an IPL Photofacial?
Those who will reap the most benefits from this form of facial are those who are suffering from rosacea, damaged skin, blotchy skin, discolored skin, and sun-damaged skin. IPL Photofacials are great for reducing redness and inflammation, in addition to tightening and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Albeit great for sun-damaged skin, those with severe sun damage to the face will not see the best results and may need a more intense solution.
What is the IPL Photofacial process?
The IPL Photofacial works in that it uses intense pulses of light energy that alter the deeper layers of skin to stimulate collagen growth and create smoother skin on the surface. This light energy also constricts blood vessels, reducing the appearance of redness on the surface of the skin. In terms of hyperpigmentation, the light energy will break down the melanin that causes dark spots, with those cells eventually flaking away, leaving you with an even complexion and smooth texture.
Are IPL Photofacials safe?
Yes, IPL Photofacials are very safe for skin types I-IV, meaning very light/fair skin and offer long-lasting results. As with all cosmetic treatments, there is a risk for redness and swelling, which will decline after treatment. A great way to avoid these side effects is by avoiding tanning and sun exposure after your treatment.
What are the benefits of an IPL Photofacial?
An IPL Photofacial has innumerable amount of benefits for the skin. It’s great at killing harmful bacteria that reside within and on the surface of the skin that causes damage. As we discussed before, the IPL Photofacial is great for sun-damaged skin. Sun damage is by far one of the biggest enemies of aging. IPL Photofacials can reduce this effect, thus giving you that ageless complexion you desire.
We’ve talked about how this form of facial is great for age-related damage to the skin, but IPL Photofacials can also be highly effective in treating acne. The light emitted from the machine can tackle head-on the long-lasting causes of acne, and can even be used to treat acne scarring. Repeated facials will encourage the skin to generate new cells and shed off the ones that are dying, giving your face that smooth texture previously not available due to acne.
Are you someone that has visible veins on the surface of the skin? IPL Photofacials have also been known to reduce the appearance of these veins. The light energy constricts the blood vessels, offering an effective solution to this problem, which cannot currently be treated at home. Visible veins and capillaries are stubborn and can hinder the appearance of the skin, so IPL Photofacials are a great option for those who can’t reduce the appearance of these veins.
Like that of lasers, IPL Photofacials may reduce hair growth on the face. The intense light emitted from the machine can kill unwanted hair. This is yet another benefit that pushes you in the direction of a silky-smooth skin texture.
Something an IPL Photofacial can offer someone at any age is that it can prevent premature aging. Think of it similarly to preventative botox, but without any injections. Intense pulsed light has a unique ability to change the structure of your skin cells, leading them to behave like that of younger cells. Aged skin cells treated regularly with intense pulsed light will begin to resemble that of younger cells, thus reducing the appearance of aged skin.
Lastly, one of the best benefits of an IPL Photofacial is that the appointments are quick, easy, and painless. IPL Photofacials have little to no downtime, making the process seamless and convenient. Additionally, IPL Photofacials are much more affordable compared to other solutions to prevent or reduce the aging process.
What is IPL Photofacial aftercare consist of?
Although there is little to no downtime for IPL Photofacials, there are a few aftercare tips you should keep in mind after your treatment. Be sure to keep the skin moisturized after your appointment. You should use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer for this. You should also use gentle cleansers with warm water twice a day post-treatment, and always use your sunscreen (as you always should be!). Doing this after your IPL Photofacial will ensure better and longer-lasting results.
IPL Photofacials are a safe, easy, and effective way to reduce the appearance of aging and prevent the aging process. At Lux Laser and Skincare, we offer the best-in-class treatment options for our clients. Partnered with our expert staff, you’ll be sure to have a great experience with IPL and love your results! Book your free consultation today to learn more.