If you’re living with the effects of sun damage on your skin — like discoloration — or if you have rosacea or broken blood vessels on your skin, a series of intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials could rejuvenate your skin and restore a glowing and youthful complexion. At her practice in Fullerton, California, board-certified dermatologist, Kristen Aguirre, MD, provides IPL photofacials to reduce signs of sun damage and improve the condition of your skin. Call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if IPL is right for you.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) combines multiple wavelengths of light to break up excess melanin in your skin and stimulate new cell growth. The energy also causes blood vessels to constrict, which reduces redness and fine lines. As an added benefit, IPL treatments also stimulate collagen growth deeper in the skin to produce a more even, brighter, youthful tone to your skin. Dr. Aguirre delivers IPL treatments in 30-minute photofacials.
IPL can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and other discoloration like age spots and broken blood vessels, as well as large pores and wrinkles. Like many other laser-based treatments, IPL technology has improved and is effective for a wide range of skin types and colors. Dr. Aguirre provides thorough consultations and skin exams before suggesting IPL.
Prior to your photofacial, before photos will be taken to identify problem areas and help assess response to the treatment. Topical numbing medication will then be applied to minimize the discomfort of the procedure.
During your IPL photofacial, you wear protective eyewear and relax on a table. Dr. Aguirre applies a gel to your skin to help the applicator glide over your skin easily and to help keep your skin cool. Then, Dr. Aguirre moves the handpiece over your skin to deliver pulses of bright light energy into your skin.
You may notice a slight warming sensation throughout your photofacial, but this isn’t usually considered painful. Your skin may be pink after your treatment, but the redness quickly subsides. You don’t need any time to recover from your photofacial.
Over the days and weeks following your IPL photofacial, you notice the appearance of your skin improving. In most cases, Dr. Aguirre recommends a series of monthly photofacials to achieve optimal results. With each treatment, the improvement of your skin becomes more pronounced.
You can get back to your regular activities immediately after an IPL photofacial, as there is almost no visible damage or side effects of the treatment. However, you should avoid physical activity for 24 hours after your procedure.
It’s also critical to avoid the sun for several days after your photofacial. The light energy makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight and exposure could cause unwanted side-effects like discoloration. While you should wear sunscreen every day, make sure to wear a high-factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen for at least two weeks after each photofacial in your treatment plan.
If you want to know if IPL is right for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online to talk to Dr. Aguirre about your skin concerns. She offers a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments and can recommend the procedure that best corrects your issues.