IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, also known as a photofacial. By harnassing the power of light, we can treat mild sun damage, freckles, irregular pigmentation and light brown spots on the face, neck and chest. The light produces heat that breaks down the melanin (unwanted brown pigment) that sits in your skin, these tiny particles will then rise to the surface of the skin appearing like tiny temporary coffee grounds on the skin or the body will naturally absorbed them by the lymphatic system.
This light is also absorbed by the small broken blood vessels that sit on the surface of the skin, thus is a great treatment for individuals with diffused redness, rosacea or dilated “broken” capillaries on the face, neck and chest. Photofacials are usually best done in a series of 3-5 treatments to even out complexion and improve skin texture through collagen stimulation.
We deliver a short burst of light directly to the skin which can feel like small elastic bands snapping on the skin. The discomfort is momentary and you can expect to see some diffused redness, darkening of sunspots (that may resemble coffee grinds) and minor post procedure swelling. Occasionally you may
experience bruising that will fade over 1-2 weeks, application of arnica cream can shorten healing times.
After the treatment, your sun spots will continue to darken for up to 2 weeks before the shedding begins.
Diffused redness will start to reduce as the body resorbs the broken blood vessels.
Your skin will look and feel smoother and radiates a more
even brighter complexion.
Several treatments are usually recommended, three to five sessions, with 2-4 weeks in between.
Maintenance visits are recommend twice a year.
Of course, to maintain your results, it's important to protect your skin from the sun by staying in the shade, wearing hats and applying SPF always!