If you suffer from age spots, sun damage, rosacea, uneven skin tone, spider veins, or mild acne scars, an IPL photofacial may be right for you. IPL photofacials are a safe and proven effective way to reduce the appearance of both vascular and melanin related skin conditions. Dr. Isaac at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington, DC is an expert in IPL treatments and has a proven track record of patient satisfaction.
What is an IPL photofacial?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. IPL photofacials use this pulsed light to treat various skin conditions. The light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by blood vessels and melanin, damaging them in the process. The injured tissue is then healed by the body, allowing new skin to replace the damaged skin. IPL photofacials can be a great way to non-aggressively treat both red and brown skin conditions, although if you have severe pigmentation or scarring, a more aggressive treatment might be better for you.
IPL photofacials will usually require more than one session for optimal results. Dr. Isaac usually recommends three treatments, although this can vary depending on the individual and his or her desired results. The skin should appear refreshed and brown sunspots should be diminished after just one session for most people!
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What is treatment like?
IPL photofacials usually only take around thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on how large the area to be treated is. Pain should be minimal; patients usually describe the feeling as that of rubber bands snapping against the skin. A cooling gel is applied before treatment to help with any pain or discomfort, and a topical numbing cream can also be applied if the patient wishes. Pain tolerances will vary between patients, but Dr. Isaac will do her best to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
There is usually little to no downtime associated with an IPL photofacial, so most people can resume their everyday activities immediately following a session! This can be a great benefit for many people who don’t have much time to spare out of their schedules. Side effects are generally limited to some minor redness and swelling, which can usually be covered with makeup and generally disappear after a day or two to a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many varieties of lasers available, it can be difficult to see which one could be good for you. We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about IPL photofacials to help you stay informed.
Q: What can an IPL photofacial treat?
A: IPL photofacials can treat both brown and red pigmentation problems, such as sun damage and rosacea, and can also be good for treating mild acne scars and spider veins. IPL photo facials can be a good option for brightening dull skin, evening skin tone and texture, and reducing fine lines as well.
IPL photofacials are not be the best option if you have moderate scarring, imperfections or wrinkles.
Q: Who is a good candidate for an IPL photofacial?
A:If you have minor acne scarring, sun damage, spider veins, rosacea or other mild red or brown pigmentation problems, you may benefit from IPL photofacial sessions, or similar BroadBand Light (BBL) treatments. However, if you have recently tanned, you should wait until the tan is gone before having a session. Also, if you have plans that involve being in the sun for prolonged periods of time, such as a beach trip, you should wait until it’s over for a session. Immediately following an IPL photofacial, Dr. Isaac in Washington DC recommends that you avoid excessive sun exposure, wear sunscreen and sun protective clothing.
Q: When will I see results?
A: After an IPL session, brown spots should initially appear darker before flaking off in a few days. IPL stimulates collagen production in the skin, so you should continue to notice results as your skin builds up its collagen and becomes stronger and smoother. Multiple sessions are usually required to reduce the appearance of specific spots.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: IPL photofacials are very safe and generally do not result in severe side effects. You may experience some redness or swelling which should disappear quickly and can be covered with makeup in the meantime.
For more information on sun spots treatment, visit WebMD.com.
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If you have red or brown spots on your face, mild acne scarring, or just want to regain some glow and brightness on skin which has become dull, an IPL photofacial may be for you. To find out more information about this popular treatment, call Dr. Isaac at (202) 393-7546 or request your consultation online .
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