How Does an IPL PhotoFacial Work?
IPL uses more wavelengths than a laser to target more types of pigmentation problems. Its pulses of light energy enter the skin and transfer their energy to pigment molecules. The resulting heat breaks apart the pigment molecules so the body can remove them.
How Many IPL Treatments Does it Take to See Results?
A series of IPL treatments will ensure that you achieve the best possible results. Most people need three to five treatments three weeks apart. You will start to see improvements within a week after your first treatment. Your body will clear away the broken pigments, leaving clear skin behind.
How Do I Prepare for an IPL PhotoFacial?
You can take several steps to make sure you get the best results from your IPL photofacial. Because IPL uses wavelengths of light that target pigments, you will want to avoid anything that might decrease the contrast between your skin and pigments. Dr. Stile recommends:
- Avoid sun exposure or tanning
- Do not wax anywhere on your face
- Do not use chemical peels or other treatments that make skin sensitive
- Avoid medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen that cause blood thinning
- Stop using potentially irritating products like alpha or beta hydroxy acids or retinol
What is an IPL PhotoFacial Like?
An IPL treatment lasts about 30 minutes. Your provider will move the handheld wand over your skin while it emits intensive pulses of light. Many people report that each pulse feels like a rubber band snapped on the skin.