You've seen it on "Extreme Makeover", "Good Morning America" and "Oprah"!
During this thirty minute procedure, pulses of high-energy light waves are emitted through a hand piece, into the skin. These light waves stimulate collagen production, allowing for the skin to become more vibrant, revitalized, and youthful!
The Photofacial, or Intense Pulsated Light (IPL) treats:
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After discussion with the nurse, the area to be treated is cleansed and assessed. You will be reclined on a comfortable treatment table, for the duration of the treatment. Protective eye shields will be placed over your eyes. A cool gel is applied to the area.
The nurse applies the IPL hand piece to the area and pulses of light are flashed several times, over the entire surface of the area treated.
Afterwards, the eye wear is removed and the area cleansed and assessed again. Aftercare instructions and a follow up appointment will be discussed, as well.
2. Is it painful?
Most clients state that it's a very comfortable procedure. Those with darker pigmented areas (such as prominent sunspots) may feel a warm or intense "snap", as the pulsed light is absorbed into those areas. After the procedure, the skin is warm and tingly for a couple of hours.
3. When can I see results?
Most individuals report noticing visible improvement to the areas treated in as little as a week! Results continue to build for up to a month.
4. What is the maintenance?
On average, most clients will follow up with the nurse at one month post procedure. At this time, a second treatment may be performed-if needed.
Depending on the area being treated, and the issues present, the IPL can be done as often as once per month, or as far apart as twice per year.