IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Photofacial
About Laser Skin Treatments
Laser skin treatments have evolved exponentially over the years and have become incredibly popular for their ability to produce excellent results without the need for surgery. If you’re currently struggling to hide skin blemishes such as age spots, spider veins, sun damage, fine lines, and other early signs of aging, Fontaine MD in San Diego, CA can help you reclaim your youthful look with innovative laser technology. Take a look below to learn more about IPL photofacial and laser skin resurfacing.
What is an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photofacial?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is a procedure that uses computer-controlled light pulses to reverse abnormal pigment spots and superficial blood vessels resulting from sun damage, aging, and hormonal changes to provide a healthier, youthful, and rejuvenated appearance.
IPL can remove abnormal pigmentation in the face, neck, chest, and hands. Following the procedure, the skin becomes red for an hour or so, but otherwise, there is no downtime. You will see significant results with the first procedure, but the most optimal results are usually seen with a series of three to six treatments.
IPL photofacial can help treat a variety of skin symptoms:
- Age spots
- Broken capillaries
- Brown spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Flushing (rosacea)
- Skin texture problems
- Spider veins
- Sun-induced freckles
When will I see results?
Soon after your treatment, unwanted pigment and veins coagulate or shrink, and many completely diminish. Skin tightening may result as well. During the following weeks, your body gradually eliminates or absorbs any fragments that remain.
IPL photofacials also stimulate new collagen production, so you’ll probably also notice restored volume over time.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Before a photofacial, Dr. Fontaine may suggest not taking certain medications or dietary supplements, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamin E, which could increase bleeding and bruising. If you smoke, stopping for a couple of weeks beforehand can enhance the healing process. As with all aesthetic procedures, ongoing skin care with medical-grade products is essential. You will need to stop all retinol or retinoid products for seven days prior to the procedure and may benefit from pre-procedure hydroquinone. If you have a history of cold sores, a prescription for an antiviral will be given.
What should I do after my treatment?
IPL photofacials are very gentle and most people can resume their regular daily activities immediately after the treatment. You’ll want to protect your skin from UV rays, however, by limiting sun exposure, applying sunscreen, or wearing sun-protective clothing.
Following any laser procedure, it is a good idea to keep your skin well moisturized by applying a gentle lotion after washing your face or showering.
How Much Does an IPL Photofacial Cost?
An IPL Photofacial is a customizable cosmetic treatment that can be used to address a wide range of skin issues. The cost of the treatment depends on the treatment area(s) and the number of treatment sessions required to achieve the desired results. Our skilled team will develop your personalized treatment plan and discuss the associated cost during your consultation.
Contact Our Office
Each method has its pros and cons and Dr. Fontaine will discuss at your consultation the options and help you decide what is best for you when he discusses your personalized care plan. Contact our office to schedule your appointment in our San Diego, CA facility.
*Individual results may vary.