What is IPL Photofacial?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is a great treatment for anyone looking to improve skin irregularities. It is a non-invasive laser light treatment that targets a variety of pigment issues. When administered by the experts at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, our Washington DC IPL photofacial can safely make uneven skin tones less noticeable, as well as reduce many skin imperfections such as brown spots, sun spots, rosacea, and freckles.
How Does an IPL Photofacial Work?
An IPL photofacial works using light energy. The laser light is converted to heat energy and passes through the epidermis. It targets pigment-producing cells and by purposely damaging the predetermined area, the hyperactive melanin producing cells are destroyed, eventually moving to the skin’s surface and flaking off. An IPL Photofacial also targets telangiectasias and diffuses the redness of rosacea. An IPL photofacial is a safe treatment and can be customized to adjust to your specific skincare needs.
What Areas Can Be Treated with IPL Photofacial?
- Backs of hands
How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Will I Need?
Depending on your skin, the number of your Washington DC IPL photofacial treatments can vary. Generally, most patients see the best results after two to three. You should expect to wait about 30 days between treatments.
Can the Light Energy be Harmful?
An IPL photofacial is considered quite safe. As with any procedure, a qualified RN in Washington, D.C. with IPL photofacial experience is an important factor when seeking optimal results with minimal risks. Common side effects can include minor swelling and redness around the treatment area. This should subside in a few hours after the procedure. Pigmented areas will darken and flake in 5-7 days.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The time it takes to complete an IPL photofacial treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the issue. With more problematic skin, the light will pass over the treated area more times. Typically, an IPL photofacial on the face would take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
How Long Will My Treatment Last?
With proper skincare, including hydration creams and a UV sunscreen, your IPL photofacial treatment can have long-lasting results. It is recommended that patients return annually to maintain optimal results.
What Should I Expect After an IPL Photofacial Treatment?
Immediately following your treatment, you may experience a bit of redness and slight swelling. This should reside within the next few hours. There is no reason you should not be able to return to work or your regular routine following treatment. Makeup can be applied as well as any skincare creams you regularly use. For optimal results, it is important to keep out of the sun for the next seven to ten days to give your skin time to heal.
Considering IPL Photofacial in Washington D.C.? Choose a Skincare Team You Can Trust.
The Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington is a world-class cosmetic practice in North Bethesda, just outside of Washington, DC. As a full-service aesthetic solution for both men and women, we utilize the latest techniques and advanced technologies while focusing on individualizing each patient’s treatment plan. When considering surgery or any skincare treatment, it is important to trust your skincare team. Our patients can expect to be welcomed by highly skilled, board-certified surgeons and support staff that is committed to providing the best experience and outcome for each patient.