What to Expect During an IPL Photofacial Treatment?

Innovative Aesthetics offers IPL Photofacial Treatment in Denver, CO. This treatment is beneficial for treating brown spots, age spots, sun damage, spider veins, and rosacea.

We cleanse the area that is being treated thoroughly. After cleansing, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area for 20-40 minutes. Then, we remove the numbing cream and apply a cool gel. Sometimes, we use an air cooling system to increase patient comfort during treatment. Pulses of light energy are delivered to the treatment area, and patients often describe this feeling as similar to a rubber band snap.

Once the IPL Photofacial treatment is complete, we remove the gel and apply moisturizer and sunscreen. Usually, IPL Photofacial treatments take 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on which area of the body is being treated.

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How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Are Required?

For optimal results, 3–5 IPL Photofacial treatments are usually required and are 3-4 weeks apart. To maintain the results, follow-up IPL Photofacial treatments may be given once a year.

Pre-Treatment Care

We ask that our patients stop using retinoids two days before treatment with IPL Photofacial and have no suntan or artificial color on their skin. Your skin must be as close to its natural shade as possible before each treatment. If you are tan, the time needed to fade properly depends on your skin type. Self-tanning must be discontinued two weeks before each treatment.

Post-Treatment Care

Unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, IPL does not damage the skin’s surface. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time. However, for about five days after IPL Photofacial treatments, avoid retinoids, glycolics, exfoliators, or any other topical skin care product that may irritate the skin. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen during this time. You may also apply makeup. A good home skincare routine and the daily use of sunscreen are important to maintaining the results of this treatment. We can help you determine what is suitable for your skin.

Possible Side Effects

Immediately following treatment, the skin usually appears red. Brown-pigmented spots darken, and capillaries are more visible. The lesions will continue to darken until they flake off or are absorbed by the body. Swelling, bruising, and/or blistering may occur in rare instances.

Before and After IPL Photofacial treatment

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