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IPL Photofacials Risks, Aftercare and FAQs

What are the Benefits of an IPL

An IPL procedure, which stands for (Intense Pulsed light) is a wonderful treatment for those who have lighter skin tones.  Fitzpatrick scale I-III.

There are two types, IPL and IPL-RF, the RF stands for radio frequency.  Radio frequency benefits the skin, by boosting collagen production.

IPL Photofacial: What Is It?

A photofacial, or fotofacial, also known as photorejuvenation, is a treatment designed to reverse sun damage, even out facial color as well as improve tone and texture in the process. Below are some of the benefits of this treatment:

  • tighten pores
  • reduce the severity of acne
  • reduce the appearance of or eliminate sun spots and freckles
  • lessen hyperpigmentation
  • treat skin flushing and skin redness
  • reduce the appearance of scars (acne, chickenpox, etc.)
  • reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • reverse sun damage
  • treat vascular lesions (broken capillaries, blood vessels, telangiectasia, rosacea)
  • improve facial contour
  • tighten skin
  • boost collagen and elastin production

Upon deciding to have this treatment clients should  stop using any kind of Vitamin A acids on their face –retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A),  alpha-hydroxy acids, etc.—2 weeks  before IPL treatment.

Below is a list of contraindications i.e. No-No’s

  • recent sunburn or suntan
  • unprotected sun exposure, tanning bed or solarium use 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • cancer
  • lupus
  • hypopigmentation (e.g., vitiligo)
  • history of seizures
  • history of keloid scarring
  • severe dermatitis, active inflammatory acne or eczema (within the treatment area)
  • active infections
  • Accutane use in the last 6 months
  • diabetes medication
  • herpes simplex outbreak (within the treatment area)
  • dark skin
  • photosensitizing medications
  • presence of a pacemaker
  • presence of surgical metal pins or plates under the skin of treatment area
  • use of St. John’s Wort within three months prior to treatment
  • blood-thinning agents (Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve used within one week of treatment, anticoagulants)
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