The IPL Photofacial (Intermittent Pulsed Light) Treatment can be used to even out skin color and improve the skin’s texture and tone while tightening pores and decreasing brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Results can vary.
IPL’s Photofacials can be used on:
- Hands (just recently hands were FDA-cleared)
IPL is a type of laser that has a broader beam of focus than other types of lasers that make it useful for a broad spectrum of skin types and problems.
IPL’s can reverse sun damage and decrease hyperpigmentation and brown spots due to sun exposure. It does so by causing superficial damage to the skin at the level of melanin-containing cells. The dead pigment-containing cells will then slough off over a period of 5-15 days. Since the IPL light can also be set to target blood vessels, it can treat vascular lesions such as broken capillaries and blood vessels, telangiectasias and rosacea, resulting in reduction or elimination of those lesions. Results can vary.
In addition to treating many lesions of the skin including acne, IPL stimulates reproduction of beneficial components of the tissues like collagen and elastin. The increased collagen and elastin cause a plumping effect of the skin, making it smoother with decreased lines and wrinkles. Results can vary.
At Newport Cosmetic Center, we use the advanced Cutera Laser technology for our IPL treatments.
Generally, our IPLs show the best results when done in a series of treatments approximately 4 weeks apart. The number of treatments will depend on the degree of damage to the skin undergoing treatments, but often a series of 2-4 are recommended for optimal results. There is a mild “zapping” sensation and some warmth with the IPL application that is quite tolerable. If you re sensitive to pain, a numbing gel can be applied prior to treatments.
Call 949-548-4700 to schedule your IPL treatment.
Pre-IPL Treatment Recommendations
For optimal results and to make the most of your IPL treatments, here are some guidelines.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure the 4 weeks prior
- Do not use self-tanners 4 weeks prior
- Come to your appointment without makeup on.
- Do not use any retinol or retinoid products on the area to be treated for 48 hours before treatment. Let your doctor know if you have a history of hyperpigmentation. It’s also best to discontinue use minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days prior to each treatment.
- You must notify your doctor if you are on aspirin, ibuprofen, iron supplementation, anticoagulants, vitamin E, or herbal supplements such as gingko, garlic, or ginseng. We recommend avoiding these products for 2 weeks prior to treatment unless your primary care physician has placed you on them for a medical condition.
- Let the doctor know if you have a history of fever blisters.
If you have any questions regarding your IPL treatment, please give us a call at 949-548-5700.