(IPL) Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial Denver
IPL is a non-laser light-based energy treatment that improves and rejuvenates the skin
What is Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), is a non-laser light-based energy treatment used primarily to improve and rejuvenate the skin surface. IPL differs from laser treatments in that it uses a broad bandwidth light (BBL). Intense pulsed light was developed in the late 1990’s as a very effective yet safe treatment for a variety of aging skin conditions and has stood the test of time as one of the best clinical skin care treatments available in a medical spa setting. It is also referred to as Photofacial, Photo Facial or Fotofacial®. IPL is considered the gold standard for a variety of benign skin discoloration conditions including abnormal pigmentation or blood vessel changes associated with photoaging. Photofacial is FDA-cleared and has been a revolutionary break-through in skin rejuvenation. Let one of our highly qualified aestheticians at Aesthetics by Design medispa see if photofacial should be a part of your Denver skin care program.
Who can benefit from an IPL treatment?
Any patient who is looking to erase skin discoloration such as brown spots due to excessive sun damage (photoaging), freckles (pigmented nevi), sunspots (lentiges), redness (erythema) due to blood vessel imbalance, rosacea, telangiectasia (dilated or broken blood vessels), blemishes and acne scarring. IPL can also decrease unwanted facial hair. IPL stimulates collagen production, producing skin tightening and leaving skin looking younger after each treatment. Intense pulsed light is especially valuable for patients who cannot afford any significant down-time.
Understanding Intense Pulsed Light – Photofacial.
One of skin care clinic aestheticians will evaluate your skin with a VISIA Skin Analysis prior to an IPL treatment to determine the level of sun damage you have acquired. Once the skin damage is determined, we will create a customized treatment plan to properly treat the damage. Our Aesthetics by Design medical spa Denver clinicians customize an IPL treatment plan for each new patient, accounting for the number and severity of skin conditions being treated, as well as skin type. On average, four to six treatments are recommended, scheduled at three-week intervals, with each session usually lasts about 20 minutes. Prior to the IPL treatment, a cold gel is applied to the areas to be treated and the patient will wear protective eyewear. During the treatment, the crystalline surface of the IPL handpiece is floated in the gel over the desired area to be treated. Intense broad bandwidth light is then pulsed onto the area. The discolored skin is targeted and absorbs the light energy. Over the course of the next several days the unwanted area of skin discoloration gradually works its way to the surface and disappears. Watch the video demonstrating how IPL works.
At Aesthetics by Design Denver medispa we use the highly advanced Lumecca IPL system from Inmode Aesthetic Solutions® which represents the current state of the art technology. Developed by one of the pioneers of IPL technology and current chief technology officer at Inmode, Michael Kreindel, Lummeca is a 3rd generation IPL device with advanced tuning and a robust power platform that delivers exceptional results in 1 or 2 treatment sessions instead of the 4 to 6 treatments that may have been required with earlier devices.
What to expect during and after an Intense Pulsed Light – Photofacial.
Intense pulsed light treatment is associated with minimal to no pain. Virtually all patients can tolerate the procedure using topical anesthetic gel applied for a short time prior to the procedure. Typically little to no disruption of the epithelial skin surface occurs and hence there is very little oozing or crusting afterwards. Patients may typically return to normal activity immediately afterwards; in fact, patients can often schedule their IPL treatments over their lunch hour. IPL treatments provide gradual, natural improvement with excellent long-term results. Occasionally some signs of treatment, such as redness, can last for one or two hours. In most cases, the entire face is treated, but the therapy can also work well on the neck, chest and hands. Results from a full series of treatments usually last for a year or more.