IPL, Photofacial Provo
Treatment to Improve Your Skin’s Texture & Tone
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photo facial procedures were designed to combat the effects of aging and damaged skin in a gentler way than CO2 and Erbium laser skin resurfacing but a faster and more efficient way then chemical peels and without the recovery time of an invasive procedure. FDA approval in 1995, intense pulse light (IPL) has become one of the most versatile and widely used technology in aesthetic medicine. This breakthrough technology allows therapeutic light waves to safely penetrate through the skin without breaking the skin’s surface. In addition, the mild injury created by these pulses stimulates collagen production which promotes improved skin texture and reduces pore size. Photo facials effectively treat Rosacea, Acne, flushing, broken capillaries, sun damaged skin, and age spots. After only one treatment you will see results but optimal results increase with the number of treatments a Package of 3 is recommended. The result is more youthful looking skin.
Top IPL Indications
- Photo-rejuvenation in fair skin.
IPL is still the number one treatment for skin rejuvenation and photo damage. It covers vascular concerns, pigmentation problems and there is growing evidence that IPL can stimulate collagen production and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
- Rosacea /vascular concerns.
-IPL is widely used to treat and diffuse redness and broken vessels of rosacea.
-It can’t be cured but it can be treated with the right settings. IPL has become the first line of treatment for pigmentation and melisma.
IPL can be used both alone and as a light source for photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of Acne. We have a treatment piece specifically for acne.
- Off-the-face skin rejuvenation.
IPL can be used all over the body. You can get good results with pigmentation on the chest, arms, shoulders and back. It can also be used to treat Poikloderma.
Photo Facial Procedure
The Photo Facial treatment will vary from 15-45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. A gel is applied to the skin prior to treatment. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation has been described as slight stinging or a rubber band snap. . Pain is minimal, however, the patient has the option of using a topical anesthetic 30 minutes prior to the procedure for an additional cost. Please discuss this with the receptionist when making the appointment as application time is necessary. Patients may resume normal life immediately following the procedure. Multiple treatments are recommended at three week intervals for optimal results.
Immediately following the photo facial treatment, the skin may appear red and flushed and tiny capillaries may appear more visible. For a few hours to a couple days following the procedure the treated area may look and feel like a mild sunburn. Pigment in freckles, sun spots and age spots may darken as a result of the procedure which may take up to a week for the body to bring to the surface and exfoliate. The Vascular blemishes, rosacea, and redness can take up to a couple weeks for the body to absorb. Side effects are rare but in rare instances, temporary swelling, bruising and/or blistering can occur that may take hours to days to resolve.