IPL Photofacial

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, aka photofacial, is a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. It can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure — called photoaging. You may notice it mostly on your face, neck, hands, or chest.

An IPL photofacial treatment uses the power of broadband light to improve the appearance of dark spots, sunspots from sun exposure, rosacea, age spots, and skin texture. The treatment can also be used for  photo rejuvenation, and to alleviate dermatologic conditions like acne. It is a popular treatment because it’s effective, affordable, and non-invasive. Not all skin types may be a candidate for IPL.

IPL is usually a series of treatments (typically 3 to 6) depending on the needs of the patient. 

Improve the color and texture of your skin. 

Occasionally, bruising may occur, which can take a week or two to heal. If you have freckles, sun spots, or age spots, it’s normal for these areas to appear darker for up to a week. Additionally, crusting or scabbing may occur in the treatment area, which can last up to 10 days.

Appointment scheduling needs $50 deposit which it will use in your treatment session

Price range: $350 to $600

full face

$1020: Package of 3
$2010: Package of 6

Before & After Gallery

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Most frequent questions and answers

IPL is similar to a laser treatment. However, a laser focuses just one wavelength of light at your skin, while IPL releases light of many different wavelengths, like a photo flash.

The light from IPL is more scattered and less focused than a laser. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it causes less damage to your skin.

Pigment cells in your skin absorb the light energy, which is converted into heat. The heat destroys the unwanted pigment to clear up freckles and other spots. 

Final results should last around one year, but you can get maintenance treatments to keep your results fresher longer. 

After the treatment, you may notice that sun spots and discoloration actually appear darker and slightly more prominent. This is normal and a good sign that the treatment is working. Over the next few days, brown spots and other blemishes will begin to surface on the skin.

For patients to get the best IPL results, it is generally recommended that patients receive, on average, 4 – 6 treatments scheduled four weeks apart.

Every IPL treatment builds upon the previous one, allowing the skin to react gradually.

When it comes to IPL aftercare, the most important things to avoid are: Exfoliating too soon which can inflame the skin and prolong the healing process. Scratching or picking the darkened areas that are beginning to flake which can cause scarring. Taking hot showers or baths which can cause inflammation and swelling.

The darkened area typically begins to fade in 7 to 14 days. This is when you’ll also begin to notice that many superficial brown spots around the treated area are becoming lighter, and less noticeable.

IPL is effective at removing brown spots due to sun damage. As the laser passes through the skin, brown pigment absorbs the light preferentially. This creates a dark brown scab that falls off over the following 1-week (for faces) and 2-3 weeks (for hands or body), taking the brown spot with it.