WHAT IS IPL?
When you struggle with how your skin looks because of dark spots or sun damage, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa can perform a skin examination at our Tacoma, WA office to see if you qualify for intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. An IPL photofacial is a skin rejuvenation treatment for adult men and women with hyperpigmentation issues on their neck and face. IPL may be a noninvasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce great outcomes. Our aesthetic team uses intense pulses of light that warm the skin just enough to ignite the natural regeneration process and increase the production of collagen. In time, you should see a healthier complexion with a more even tone and fewer dark spots.
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AM I A CANDIDATE FOR IPL?
A photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat many complexion blemishes (particularly sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no downtime. Candidates for an IPL photofacial at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa may have several issues with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, visible pores, flushing, freckles, melasma, sun and age spots, or spider veins. One of our skilled team members will examine your complexion to see if you are a candidate for an IPL photofacial during your private consultation.
HOW DOES IPL WORK?
IPL is performed inside our Tacoma, WA office in about 20 – 30 minutes in one of our treatment rooms if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the treatment, your technician will wash and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is performed using a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting pulses of light energy. While many patients may feel mild discomfort throughout the photofacial, it's usually bearable for the quick treatment length.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER IPL?
There is no recovery period needed with an IPL. You may leave our office with your complexion a little swollen and pink. This will go away naturally as the day continues — it may be concealed with cosmetics if you prefer. Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa advises you to use an ointment on the skin's surface to decrease irritation and speed healing. It may also help to use an anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling. After 2 – 5 days, the sun damage and other irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface skin layers and then begin to flake off. It's critical to keep your skin protected with sunscreen as often as possible after a photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you should have some visible improvements after the first treatment, your skin will attain the best results after multiple IPL photofacial treatments. Our team suggests approximately 3 – 6 sessions done monthly at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT IPL
How much does IPL cost?
Your complexion issues are unique, which means your cost for a photofacial will depend on your goals. Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa offers specials on treatments, like IPL, often and we accept most payment methods. During your initial visit, we can estimate costs and recommend the number of treatments needed to fit your needs and goals.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Improvements can usually be seen after your treatment, but optimal results can be seen about one month after all of your treatments are done. It’s common for you to respond differently to every session. You should notice gradual improvements in redness, blotchiness, sun spots, and age spots.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
You may experience mild side effects, like temporary redness, swelling, blisters, bruising, or crusting. This should subside within a day or two after the procedure. Your skin will be sun sensitive, and you should keep in mind that sun exposure will negatively affect your results. We also recommend using sunscreen to protect your skin and avoid problems, like redness and spots.
Do I need to prepare for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL treatment are usually asked to skip self-tanners and excessive sun for about 2 – 4 weeks before their appointment. You might need to stop using certain medications and topical creams, like Retin-A a few days before your procedure, and we may recommend taking aspirin or ibuprofen a week before your treatment to reduce inflammation, which lowers your chance of bruising. You should also use sun protection (like a hat and sunscreen).
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
A full series of IPL photorejuvenation is recommended to deliver gradual improvements to the appearance of your skin. Every treatment will diminish spots and other surface irregularities. A series of treatments also allow for longer-lasting results.
You probably didn't think too much about your skin's health when you were a child, but once skin damage starts appearing, you now may be interested in procedures that fix your skin. We invite you to find out more about IPL photofacial treatments by contacting our Tacoma, WA office and making an appointment for a skin assessment. With IPL photofacial treatments at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa, we can go deep within the layers of skin to help create a bright glow and a healthy complexion.