Laser IPL Photofacial

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WHAT IS IPL?

Laser IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Photofacial is is a rejuvenating laser treatment that is able to target superficial imperfections such as photodamage, pigmentation, redness, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun-induced spots. IPL technology is non-ablative, and therefore non-invasive and minimally painful. This treatment will make skin tone and texture smoother and more even for a more a more beautiful you.

HOW DOES IPL WORK?

IPL uses low-energy, high-intensity pulses of broad spectrum light that superficially penetrate the dermis and treat surface imperfections. This particular technology mostly targets brown and red pigment (both vascular and benign pigmented lesions), thereby effectively eliminating them from the skin. These pigments are broken down by the laser light and slowly eliminated from the body.

WHAT CAN IPL TREAT?

IPL’s photorejuvenating power is known to treat superficial signs of aging, sun damage, skin redness, blotchiness, uneven pigmentation, and more. IPL can treat any area that gets exposure to sun damage, including the face, neck, chest, and arms. Not all skin types are candidates of this treatment unfortunately, so it is recommended to book a consultation to assure it is safe to use IPL on your skin for purposes of rejuvenation.

WHEN WILL I SEE TREATMENT RESULTS?

While clients will be able to immediately see a vibrant glow to their skin following treatment, it will takeĀ  about 2-3 days for pigmentation to undergo dissipation and for newly produced collagen to form. After about 4 weeks, it will have become safe to book the next IPL session.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM IPL TREATMENT?

It is comforting to know what to expect with a treatment that includes an intense and deeply pentrating laser, so we have detailed pre- and post- treatment instructions below so our clients can come into their appointments confident and ready.

It is highly recommended to consult with one of our aesthetic professionals here at Lavande prior to booking your IPL appointment to determine the best course of action for your aesthetic needs, determine what treatment is best for your skin type, and to prepare you for your what is to come. We here at Lavande want to make sure you are a candidate for this treatment as well as confident about your decision to proceed.

In preparation, we may ask that you abstain from taking or applying any harsh medications (such as Accutane or Retinol), so as to avoid the occurrence of poor healing, pigmentation, or scarring from laser treatment. We may also ask that you abstain from taking bloodthinners or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as alcoholic drinks, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and others) to lower the risk of post-procedure bleeding. We will also ask that you refrain from getting direct sun exposure for about a week prior to treatment.

During treatment, our provider will begin by determining the most strategic treatment plan that will adhere to your aesthetic goals and needs. Both you and the treatment provider should be equipped with the appropriate eye-wear before proceeding. Next, our provider will apply gel to the skin, to act as a buffer between the laser handpiece and your skin, as well as to act as a sliding agent for the handpiece. Finally, the practitioner will begin begin to gently glide the IPL laser handpiece over targeted treatment areas, stopping to occasionally allow your skin to take a break from the heat of the laser and light.
Thankfully, IPL has little to no downtime in terms of recovery. Most people can resume daily activities following treatment, although you will need to take the proper skincare precautions until your skin is no longer sensitive as a result of laser treatment. You should refrain from direct sun exposure to treated areas for about 2 weeks, and diligently apply a strong SPF. Immediately following treatment there may be some slight redness that will fade within hours. A couple days after treatment, clients will notice that targeted pigmentation will have become darker, which is a desirable result from IPL (indicating treatment was effective). This darker pigment will eventually peel via exfoliation.

HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?

Clients can enjoy consistent improvement of skin ailments for months after treatment. It should be noted, however, that treatment of targeted ailments are permanent, but the skin is constantly being exposed to the same conditions that it was prior, so the process of damaging and aging continues. At any rate, multiple sessions are recommended for purposes of maintenance and upholding your enhanced beauty.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

IPL Photofacial is a generally safe and comfortable treatment – clients report very little discomfort if any from this treatment. The heat of the laser and zaps if the laser will surely be felt, but it is a very tolerable experience.

Preparation includes avoiding direct sun exposure for a week or 2 prior to treatment, abstaining from taking or applying harsh products (such as Accutane or Retinol), and avoiding bloodthinners. These precautions will ensure that the recovery process is smooth and devoid of unwelcome side effects. Further, not everybody is a good candidate for IPL, so it is recommended to book a consultation with one of our professional providers prior to booking to determine the best course of action fro your needs.

Clients will be able to resume daily activities immediately following treatment, as there is little to no recovery. Treated areas will have slight redness immediately after, but this usually subside within hours.

Clients should actively avoid direct sun exposure, and be sure to diligently apply a strong sunscreen at all times. Further, clients should not get facial treatments for up to 2 weeks, or until the treatment settle.

It is highly recommended to have multiple treatments to attain optimal results. While a single session will impart great results, most clients have not met their aesthetic goals with just a single session.

Our knowledgeable providers here at Lavande Spa can sit down with you and create a regimen that is right for you in order to make sure you achieve and maintain that flawless skin you’re looking for.

Side effects may or may not be experienced following IPL treatment, but are not abnormal. Normal side effects include redness, inflammation, lingering heat, and slight peeling. Less common, but still expected side effects include blistering, discoloration (hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation), scarring, and infection. Please contact us here at Lavande Spa if you have any concerns about side effects.