More and more people, both men and women, are discovering the benefits of an IPL photofacial. These high-tech facials soften the look of rough skin texture, wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and the damage from the sun and pollutants.
What Is an IPL Photofacial?
First, IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL is very much like a laser, but they are different in that laser is a concentrated beam of coherent light while IPL uses visible, broad spectrum light. The energy from IPL penetrates the top layers of skin and heats up the springy layer of protein beneath it called collagen. When this happens, the body is prompted to produce more collagen as it believes that the skin has been injured. The collagen that results plumps up the skin and makes it supple as it reduces scars and fine lines and evens the skin tone. IPL also makes the blood vessels beneath the skin close up, which makes inflamed skin less red.
Though there may be a bit of swelling and redness after the treatment, this goes away quickly. As the days pass after the treatment, the patient will begin to see the benefits of their IPL photofacial. How many treatments you may require as well as any aftercare instructions can be discussed with you at your consultation.
Who Is a Candidate?
Fair-skinned people who have blotchy and uneven skin or skin with large pores are excellent candidates for IPL photofacials. People with darker skin may develop areas of uneven skin tone after the treatment, and people who are on powerful acne medicine should not have the treatment. Pregnant women should wait until they give birth to consider this treatment option.
Benefits of IPL Photofacial
An IPL photofacial is an outpatient procedure. This means that the patient can go back to other daily tasks right after the session, though ideally they should rest and stay out of the sun for a day or two. Some people describe the IPL photofacial as akin to having a rubber band snapped against their skin.
Contact Us if You’re Interested in an IPL Photofacial
If you have problems with your skin that include areas of hyperpigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, redness or other lesions, consider this treatment at One Medical Spa & Salon. Our educated staff would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have at our office, conveniently located in Chula Vista, CA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!