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About IPL Photofacial

A Photofacial (or IPL – Intense Pulsed Light) is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues, such as brown spots, sun damage, redness and rosacea. The IPL passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment-producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. IPL can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, legs, just about anywhere! It’s quick, virtually painless, and requires little downtime.

What Does IPL Photofacial Treat?

Exfoliating off the dead skin cells will allow products we use in office, and the ones you use at home, to penetrate deeper and be more effective. Along with the dry skin, Dermaplaning also removes fine vellus hair (peach fuzz), leaving your skin incredibly smooth and bright. In the long run, Dermaplaning can help with hyperpigmentation, skin texture, pores and it creates a smoother canvas for perfect makeup application.

  • Brown and Red Spots
  • Freckles
  • Sun Damage
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Redness
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation

What to Expect From a Photofacial

After a Photofacial treatment, you can expect some redness and a slight sunburn feeling, both of which only last for about 30-60 minutes post-treatment. The pigment that was treated will immediately begin to become more noticeable, reaching a few shades darker a couple hours after. The pigmented spots may resemble coffee grounds on the skin but will have no texture to them. It is safe to wear makeup and continue with most normal skin care regimens following a treatment. The ‘coffee ground’ spots can take up to 2 weeks to slough off naturally while washing the area treated. Revealing bright, more even skin after!

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Those with a higher Fitzpatrick score, those with a tan or active sunburn and those with melasma are not good candidates. Because the light of the laser is targeting pigment, darker skin tones can actually become discolored and melasma patches can become darker.

How Many Treatments Do I need?

Best results are typically seen after completing a series of three to six treatments.

Does it hurt?

While pain tolerance is different for everyone, most people tolerate Photofacials well and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of clients require no topical anesthetic.

Pre-Treatment Care and Precautions:

  • No direct sun exposure, tanning beds or spray tans 2 weeks prior to your treatment. If recent exposure is shown or you are too tan you will be rescheduled!
  • People with implanted devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators or those with Vitiligo, Skin Cancer (or any other Cancer drug therapy), Epilepsy/Seizures, Pregnant, Impaired immune system are not candidates for this treatment.
  • If you are taking Antibiotics, Tetracycline, St. John’s Wort, or Retin A you must discontinue or be off of them at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. These are photosensitizing drugs and can increase the risk of burning.
  • If you have been on Accutane, must wait at least 6 months after final use before having any type of laser treatment done.
  • Any inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, active herpes simplex, etc. needs premedication before having a treatment.
  • Refrain from using any harsh cosmetics for 24 hours prior to treatment — Retinols, Retin A’s, or Tretinoin.
  • Please use SPF 30 or higher each day on all treatment areas, even on cloudy days.
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Quick Facts
Quick Facts
Results Last:
Skin Types:
6-12 months*
45 min
Little to none
2-4 for optimal results
Via IPL laser device
*Patients results may vary

Full face or chest - $350