IPL (Photo Facial by Lumenis)
Treatments of a Photofacial:
Reducing skin tone problems like liver spots,
freckles, rosacea and redness
Minimize pore size
What is IPL?
IPL is an abbreviation for "Intense Pulsed Light" a broad spectrum of light that is transmitted through a small handpiece which is gently placed over the skin. IPL is designed to treat "photo-aging" of the skin - age spots, benign brown pigment and redness caused by broken capillaries. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating small blood vessels in the skin or melanin when treating pigmented lesions in the skin.
As the population ages, ever-increasing numbers of people are interested in improving their appearance. IPL technology can be used to help restore the skin's youthful appearance. IPL technology improves the appearance of photoaged skin, removes age spots (sun induced freckles, most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for face and body. This gives the skin a smoother, more even tone through. IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation help restore a more youthful appearance without the patient downtimeThe process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has low risk of side effects. The gentle, non-ablative treatments use broad spectrum light to treat the face, chest, neck and hands - virtually anywhere that sun damage shows.
Aging, sun exposure and other factors can cause the appearance of broken capillaries and blood vessels on the face known as telangiectasias, which appear as spider veins. Sometimes broken capillaries can cause a diffused redness in the skin, called erythema, a source of social embarrassment for many people. Rosacea is a common skin condition that is characterized by diffused erythema. All of these conditions respond well to IPL.
Is IPL safe and effective?
Before treatment, a cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and patients are given protective eyewear. During treatment, the smooth, crystalline surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated. IPL treatments are usually pain-free, but an anesthetic cream can be used if the light pulses are uncomfortable. Some patients compare the sensation to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band. Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes, and a complete program usually includes four to six sessions. Several IPL treatments are required to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement with very low risk. Results usually last a year or more.