IPL Photofacial FAQ
How does an IPL Photofacial work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-laser therapy that involves shining highly concentrated and intense beams of light intermittently on the surface of the skin. Photo refers to the beam of light, and facial refers to the face and/or neck region, though this treatment can be performed anywhere there is sun damage. The pulses of light target pigment and vascular irregularities, smoothing out the skin’s tone and texture.
IPL therapy helps to reduce the effects of aging, leaving clients with younger, clearer, and healthier-looking skin. It is not to be confused with laser therapy. Whereas laser therapy uses one particular wavelength of light, IPL therapy produces a spectrum of light.
Is an IPL Photofacial safe?
Yes, it is. When performed correctly by a certified, experienced technician, IPL Photofacial therapy is both safe and effective.
As a professional skin-care clinic, we will not perform any procedures without first assessing: your complete medical history; your current health condition; and any potential you may have for complications. Additionally, we provide all clients with protective eyewear that must be worn during treatment.
Which type of equipment does Laser Beauty Works use?
At Laser Beauty Works, we use only medical-grade, CSA-approved equipment. For IPL Photofacial treatments, we use the Palomar Starlux 500 Max G hand piece, which is considered to be leading-edge technology. All of our equipment is maintained and repaired by professional service technicians who have been certified by the equipment manufacturer.
Am I required to book a consultation prior to being treated?
Yes, we can book a complimentary consultation appointment for you with one of our certified technicians prior to scheduling any skin-rejuvenation treatment. At this time, you should also share with us any past experience you have had with skin rejuvenation and/or laser skin treatments.
During your consultation, please inform your technician of any medications or natural health products you are taking; and of any underlying medical conditions you have. These are critical details that we must consider when customizing your skin rejuvenation treatments.
We encourage you to ask all of your questions during your consultation so that we can address your concerns prior to beginning your treatment. It is important to us that: you are well informed before you begin IPL Photofacial treatments and; you feel comfortable with our clinic and your technician.
Is IPL Photofacial treatment painful?
Most clients like IPL to the gentle snap of an elastic band against the skin. Others experience it as a very short pinprick. While no anesthetic is required, we do cool the skin, which helps to minimize any discomfort.
What are the benefits of IPL Photofacial treatment?
IPL Photofacial treatments require no anesthetic and they involve little or no downtime. As few as one or two treatments can reduce spots, smooth uneven pigmentation, help repair broken facial capillaries and veins, and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. Additional treatments will continue to improve tone, texture, and stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen.
What are the possible side effects of IPL Photofacial treatment?
By definition, IPL therapy involves short, intense pulses of light being delivered to the skin. As a result, you may experience small raised bumps and redness in the treatment area shortly after your treatment. Temporary darkening of pigmented lesions and minor swelling is also common. This will subside in a few days and is no cause for alarm.
How long is a typical treatment?
A typical treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Because there is little or no downtime, you can have an IPL Photofacial during your lunch break.
How many treatments will I need?
The ideal number of treatments will depend upon your skin and the issues you wish to address. We usually prefer a series of three to five treatments for you to achieve optimum results.
Pre and Post-Treatment Instructions:
- Avoid use of Accutane for at least eight months.
- Avoid natural and artificial tanning (including spray tan and self-tanning lotions) for a minimum of four weeks.
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A, Retinol, glycolics, bleaching creams, and exfoliants on treatment area one week prior.
- Shave any hair present in the treatment area. Men should shave twice to ensure the hair is as short as possible.
- Gently cleanse the area, removing all makeup and lotions.
- For treatment of pigmented lesions, consult your physician if there is a family history of skin cancer or other genetic diseases.
- Avoid activities that induce excessive sweating—hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, whirlpools, and vigorous workouts—for one to two days.
- Apply a cold compress—not ice—to help reduce redness and swelling.
- Do not pick or scratch any darkened, pigmented areas that begin to flake.
- Avoid natural and artificial tanning—including self-tanner and spray tans—for a minimum of four weeks.
- Apply a minimum SPF 45 (UVA/UVB) sunblock every two hours during sun exposure up to four weeks.
- Apply antibiotic ointment if skin is broken or blistering.
- Use gentle cleansers with lukewarm water. Do not rub skin vigorously. Moisturizer may be applied.