Is An IPL Photofacial Right For You?
Whether you’re a reformed sunbather or a disciplined skincare guru, one thing is certain: You’re likely to experience some skin damage as you get older. Sun damage, lifestyle choices and heredity can all impact our skin as we age. Fortunately, a lot of that damage is reversible with the wide variety of skincare treatments on today’s market.
One of the procedures that we offer minimizes a variety of pigmentation issues: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments. This non-invasive, quick procedure involves intense pulses of light, which penetrate deep into the skin to resolve pigmentation issues. Of course, like any skincare treatment, there are pros and cons to IPL. Read on to find out if an IPL photofacial in Springfield Missouri is right for you.
IPL Treatments Provide Serious Results
An IPL photofacial provides gradual skin improvement and excellent long-term results. While the healing process can take up to three weeks, you’ll notice a much clearer, younger-looking complexion after your skin heals. Depending on the severity of your skin concern, you may require multiple treatments – however, you should notice reduced redness, minimized capillaries, and smaller pores after just one treatment.
Keep in mind that, after the procedure, you’ll see signs of sun damage and age spots temporarily darken. It’s nothing to worry about – over the course of the next several weeks, those darkened spots will fade and flake off as impurities come to the surface.
IPL Treatments Are Less Invasive Than Laser Treatments
An IPL photofacial, which may feel similar to a laser procedure, targets the surface of your skin to effectively eliminate redness, brown spots, rosacea and more. While IPL treatments are a variation of laser treatments, there are several key differences.
For example, while a laser focuses just one wavelength of light at your skin, IPL releases many different wavelengths of light, almost like a photo flash. IPL light is also more scattered and less focused than a laser, allowing it to penetrate down to the second layer of your skin without harming the top layer.
Overall, IPL is less invasive than a laser treatment, causing less damage to your skin. While the procedure is slightly less invasive, you still need to take measures to prepare your skin before your appointment. Our skincare specialists recommend that you avoid certain activities for two weeks prior to your procedure:
- Sun exposure or tanning beds
- Chemical peels
- Injectables or fillers
- Drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen
- Skincare products containing vitamin A (RetinA or glycolic acid, for example)
IPL Treatments Aren’t for Everyone
IPL treatments are great for clients with hyperpigmentation concerns like sun spots or age spots. It’s also important to note that IPL treatments aren’t just for the face – you can use the treatment for sun-damaged body regions like the arms and chest. IPL is also great for the following skin issues:
- Irregular skin pigmentation resulting from hormonal factors, smoking or alcohol use
- Wrinkles, fine lines and age spots
- Dilated blood vessels
- Broken capillaries
However, while you can use IPL anywhere on your body, but it may not work as well on uneven areas. IPL also isn’t often recommended for people who tend to get thick, raised keloid scars or who have darker skin tones. Not sure if IPL is right for you? Let our skincare specialists know if you have any skin conditions that might affect healing after your treatment, such as inflammatory acne or eczema.
Ready to see how IPL can transform your skin? Give Advanced Laser Clinic a call at 417-883-5400 to set up an appointment. If you mention this blog post, you’ll receive $50 off your treatment. Our certified technicians will assess your individual skincare needs and customize our IPL device to give you optimal results.