What is an
We all want clear skin, but nature has a way of sabotaging us with imperfections, especially as we age and sun damage accumulates. Fortunately, skin rejuvenation has advanced beyond the painful procedures of the past. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues, such as brown spots, sun damage and red spots, and Rosacea. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. IPL Photofacial can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back arms, legs and just about anywhere else. Photofacial is also an effective treatment for broken veins and spider veins.
What are the Benefits of IPL (Photofacial)?
- Brown and Red Spots
- Sun Damage
- Spider Veins
- Redness & Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
- Pigment Imperfections
How Does IPL (Photofacial) Work?
GraceMed uses specialized hand-pieces which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as sunspot removal and vessel clearance. The hand-pieces emit pulses of light into the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in visible vessels and converted to heat. The heat dissolves the cells that create the pigment and shrinks the vessels.
Before / After
Commonly Asked Questions
Do I need a single treatment or multiple treatments?
3-5 treatments are recommended for the best results of IPL, usually one every three to six weeks. IPL photofacials treatments are effective and achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk. Single treatments can be done but results will not be as dramatic as when a series is performed.
Does an IPL Photofacial hurt?
GraceMed’s IPL system is equipted with a cooling system so that when the light is pulsed onto a spot on your face, that spot is also immediately chilled. This really takes the sting out of the procedure. You may feel some mild discomfort but it is typically less with each treatment. Treatments usually take about 30-45 minutes and depend on the size of the treated area.
How long will my IPL Photofacial last?
Protecting yourself from the damaging effects of the sun will affect the longevity of your IPL photofacial. If you are exposed to lots of sun after the treatments then underlying issues, whether they are redness or brown spots, will return. But if you take good care of your skin and keep it protected from the sun then your skin will continue to look good with annual maintenance treatments.
To control and maintain collagen growth, we currently recommend an IPL treatment every 6-12 months.
Are there side effects of and IPL Photofacial?
The more you stay out of the sun before your IPL, the safer the proceedure will be. Side effects are mild and normally temporary, and include swelling, redness, an accentuation of the brown spots, crusting, and an occasional bruise or small superficial blister. Serious and rare side effects can occur if you’ve been exposed to the sun prior to the IPL treatment. If you have dark skin then the IPL may not be the best choice for treatments as the risk for side effects increases in highly pigmented skin.