IPL / Photorejuvenation Facial –
What to Expect
you scheduled your IPL/photofacial – what happens next?
Upon arrival to our facility you will be asked to fill out some standard treatment and consent forms and read a few disclaimers. You’ll be escorted back to our treatment room. We will then discuss possible treatment complications such as redness or peeling. This is the time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have about the procedure. The doctor will review your medical history, current medications and your skin care concerns. This helps ensure that a photofacial is appropriate for you.
Be sure to tell us if you have had a cosmetic procedure in the past, scar easily, or have ever had a keloid (a type of raised scar). It also is important for us to know if you have recently used any topical retinoids (like Retin-A, Differin) or oral isotretinoin (like Accutane). We recommend waiting 6 months or longer after taking the last dose of oral isotretinoin and at least 7 days after stopping topical retinoids. This reduces the risk of side effects from IPL therapy.
You will lie comfortably on our treatment bed and will be given eye protection to wear during the procedure. Your skin will be gently cleansed to remove oils and makeup, ensuring a more effective procedure..
The procedure itself consists of pulses of light energy that are delivered via a hand piece to the targeted area. Patients describe the sensation as similar to a repetitive rubber band snap. Once the IPL/Photofacial treatment is completed, a moisturizer and sunscreen are applied. Anesthesia is not required. The entire procedure is usually completed within 30 minutes.
The treated skin may be pink or slightly red and swollen. Any discolorations that were targeted may appear darker than normal – this is a desired effect. If the skin is red and swollen, ice packs or anti-inflammatory medication like Motrin can be used. This redness usually subsides within 24 hours. It is not uncommon to experience some mild flaking of the skin after the procedure – especially on any age/sun spots that were targeted.
To ensure great results, it is imperative that you avoid direct sun exposure for 48-72 hours. You should also have an aggressive sun protection plan. We also recommend that all patients undergoing IPL treatments be using a topical Vitamin C preparation daily to provide excellent antioxidant therapy to the skin.
Most common body parts treated are face, décolleté, and hands. Optimally, a series of 3 to 4 treatments are done every 3-4 weeks to see an improvement in the appearance of sun damaged skin, age/sun spots, rosacea and broken capillaries. The skin becomes smoother and more even in tone.