IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It's also known as “photorejuvenation”, “photofacial” or “fotofacial”.
IPL is most effective for skin color correction – both pigment and redness. It’s fantastic at erasing age spots, sun spots, sun damage, freckles, irregular pigmentation and light brown spots, and can be used on the face, neck, chest, and other places on the body.
Although the IPL laser is designed to treat pigment and redness, in also improves fine wrinkles, large pores, rosacea and dilated capillaries, and even tightens the skin.
IPL treatments leave you with smooth, clear, evenly colored, bright and glowing skin.
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How IPL Works
IPL treats the skin with quick and powerful flashes of light. The light energy penetrates below the skin's surface, where the unwanted brown pigment (melanin) lives. The heat breaks down this pigment into tiny particles, which either rise to the skin's surface and naturally slough away, or get carried away by the body's lymphatic system.
Is IPL Safe?
Yes, very. Color correction with IPL is a very safe and effective procedure. As with all our lasers, the settings are adjustable, allowing us to match them to your specific skin type for maximum safety, comfort, and results.
Does IPL Hurt?
First, we provide numbing prior to treatment to increase comfort. The IPL is not “painful”, but you will notice each time the laser fires – it feels like a dull snapping sensation. Some people describe it as a light rubber band pop. But it's a quick procedure, so it will be over in no time!
The Zimmer Cryo 6 Keep Cool During Your Treatments
At Elamar, our patients' comfort is just as important as their results. That's why we're proud to offer the Zimmer Cryo 6, an innovative cool air device that keeps you cool and comfortable during your laser treatments, chemical peels, vein therapy, and more.
Am I A Good Candidate?
Anyone with blotchy, sun-damaged, or discolored skin, or whose skin is affected by large pores, freckles, or wrinkles, may benefit from an IPL photofacial.
The procedure is also quick and involves no downtime, so it’s a convenient option for people with busy schedules.
You may NOT be a candidate if you have deeply tanned or dark skin. This is because the light rays are attracted to pigment, so darker skin tones could become discolored. If you aren't sure about your skin type, ask us for a consultation. We’ll never allow you to participate in a procedure we aren’t confident is right for you.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Some people see sufficient results after the first session, but for optimal results we usually recommend three to five sessions, one month apart, with maintenance visits twice a year.
What To Expect During Your IPL Treatment
Before your first IPL session, make sure you don't have a tan—even a fake one—as that'll mess with the machine's ability to target the brown pigment. If you use Retin-A, stop it a week or two before your session to prevent extra sensitivity.
At the appointment, you'll be escorted into the treatment room, where you'll be asked to lie on the bed and don some goggles while your laser technician applies gel to your face (to allow the laser to pass smoothly over your skin).
Appointment times vary depending on the area being treated. Face appointments last 30 minutes, 20 minutes of that will be treatment time. Once finished, your technician will wipe off the slimy gel and apply a sunscreen. You can put on makeup right away.
IPL Photofacial vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Because IPL is non-invasive, it allows for quick improvement of minor cosmetic issues with very little risk, discomfort or downtime.
Laser skin resurfacing is used to deal with more serious skin problems, such as deep wrinkles, serious sun damage, and severe acne scarring.
In evaluating the benefits of an IPL photofacial vs. laser skin resurfacing, there are a few differences you should be aware of.
To begin, the IPL photofacial is non-ablative, meaning no skin is removed during the procedure. In laser skin resurfacing, doctors treat wrinkles, skin discolorations, and other blemishes by removing extremely fine layers of skin.
Because laser skin resurfacing is more invasive, it involves a longer recovery period than an IPL photofacial (which has no downtime) as well as a greater risk of complications. However, the often dramatic results achieved compensate for any negative factors associated with the procedure.
If you’re not sure whether a photofacial or laser skin resurfacing would be more appropriate for you, give us a call at (256) 686-9111 to schedule a consultation and we’ll help you choose the best option for you.