Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photo-rejuvenation, also called Photofacial, is a non-invasive treatment using pulses of visible light applied through a crystal to the skin to reduce red and brown pigmentation. Dr. Alison Black, Brooke Smart, FNP, and Cheryl Sundlov, PA-C use IPL to improve sun spots, redness, capillaries and sun damage on the face and chest. It can also reduce reddish-brown mottled sun damage that can appear on the neck, and lighten the sun spots on our hands that make us look older. While there are lasers that can eliminate blood vessels, and chemical peels and bleaching creams to reduce pigmentation, no other procedure combines these effects like the IPL procedure. Because the absorption of the light pulses is in the pigment or redness in the second layer of skin, the surface of the skin is not disrupted, so Photofacial requires minimal or no down-time.
What Can I Expect?
A topical anesthetic is usually used prior to each treatment. A cold gel is then applied to the skin, after which the IPL hand-piece gently delivers pulses of light. Some patients experience a slight stinging sensation, but discomfort is typically minimal. Treatment is typically administered in a series of five sessions, each about 20 minutes, three weeks apart.
Post-treatment there may be slight redness and rarely some mild bruising. Sunscreen and makeup can be applied immediately. By dividing the treatment into five sessions, the procedure provides gradual improvement with minimal to no down time.