photo facial


Did you have acne? Has acne left scars on your skin?

You can easily remove scars without surgery. There is laser treatment for acne scars or you could try IPL facial also called photofacial. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Broadband light is used to treat the common signs of skin photoaging. IPL facial repairs the sun and acne damaged skin.  It removes facial redness, sun spots and boosts the skin tone and texture along with appearance of pore size. In photofacial, intense pulses of light are penetrated deep into the skin. This results in constriction of blood vessels below the epidermis. One can see the amazing results of IPL facial within weeks of getting treatment. .

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Is IPL Photofacial / Fotofacial right for you?

You need to be informed of some details regarding IPL facial. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes. For continued results you might have to get treatment repeatedly. There are no known photofacial side effects. It can cause slight discomfort and redness that reduces shortly.  Main photofacial side effects are of mild and temporary nature. There is swelling and redness accompanied by brown spots being prominent, small blister (like sunburn) and an occasional bruise. With photofacials, generally a larger skin area can be treated compared to LED treatments. Before you decide on getting any kind of treatment, you need to weight all the good points against the bad before you finally decide to go for it. Furthermore, you also need to consider you budget and the available finances to get skin treatments. If you want to remove scars without surgery, IPL facial is just right for you and if you have skin problems not running too deep.

How much does an IPL Photofacial / Fotofacial treatment Cost?

The cost of your treatment depends on where you live and your doctor. Annual treatments are usually a series of 3-5 and range between $1000- $2500. Be wary of low cost packages and deals. There is a reason they are offered at low. Many of the IPL treatments sold to spa and salons have less power than those at the doctor’s or dermatologist’s office. The treatment might seem to cost you less but it will not be equivalent to the laser used or skill of the person using it at a professional place.

How IPL Photorejuvenation Works:

So how does a photofacial works?

High density pulses of broadband light are penetrated into the skin in photofacial. This is absorbed into the middle layer of the skin called dermis and leaves the surface of the skin epidermis intact. IPL facial happens to be a non-ablative treatment that means it doesn’t harm or remove the skin surface unlike ablative skin laser treatments that resurface the skin.

What to Expect?

Before your photofacial begins, you will be provided with protective eyewear to protect you from bright flashes of the light.  A cool gel is usually applied to the treatment area to keep the epidermis cool and for lubrication of handpiece.

Brief pulses of bright light shall be applied by your skin care specialist using the handpiece. The procedure could take from an hour to few minutes even depending on the area that is being treated.  You will experience a warm sensation during the ipl facial. Some patients relate this sensation to the snap of a rubberband.  The size of area that is being treated determines the number of pulses you shall receive.  Sometimes your specialist might help you in icing down the treatment area to soothe any discomfort but normally photofacial treatment causes very little pain.

Recovery Time:

The recovery time of the IPL facial is quite short.  Little damage is done to the skin during the procedure. The skin redness highly depends on the skin problem that you are getting treated for and your skin type. It might persist longer or shorter time period.
For most of the patients, photofacial side effects go away within a few hours for most of the patients. For some the redness and spots may take a week or so to fade away. Patients that go through laser treatment for acne scars sometimes experience longer recovery times but when these side effects wear off, they are surprises by the great results.

What are the risks and benefits?

There is little discomfort involved in ipl facial. As no skin is removed during the treatment, this results to a relatively low risk and quick recovery unlike other forms of laser treatments for acne scars. The patients can easily go back to their normal treatments followed by photofacial treatment.
But those who wish to get a treatment need to be aware of both the risks and benefits of photorejuvenation. The potential risks of ipl facial include scabbing, blistering, bruising and sometimes changes in the pigmentation of the skin. But most of these issues disappear quite soon.
IPL can cause serious burns you need to be cautious of spas where there is no skin specialist or doctor available. Places where lasers are operated by technicians with little or no medical training or supervision should be avoided at all costs.

Photofacial / Fotofacial after Treatment Care:

After the treatment for about 2-5 days the skin looks slightly redder for the veins generally.  Makeup can be used after the treatment but you need to be very gentle about both the application and removal of makeup.  Bruising occurs rarely and if it does it can take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Photofacial for age spots and freckles could leave you with darker spots for 3-7 days. Crusting is a possibility that may last for about 10 days. In a month the skin will begin to clear. You need to remember that it takes3-5 treatments on average to clear the age spots. The most important after treatment care advice is that you need to avoid the sin for several days following an IPL facial. And you have to wear a lot of sunblock for at least two weeks. You must take extra care to keep your skin protected from the sun for the initial weeks after treatment and intense pulsed light therapy can give you amazing results for a year or more!