Dark spots, brown spots, and freckles are just a few of the problems men and women experience due to sun exposure. As our skin ages, it begins to point out signs of sun damage. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy can improve dull skin in people of different ages and skin types. With today's array of non-invasive skin rejuvenation options, IPL facial phototherapy is at the top of the list to provide patients with fantastic results.
Spa 361 at the Dermatology and carcinoma Institute, with two convenient locations within the greater Philadelphia area, offers this effective treatment that uses light to revive your skin. It is a non-invasive way to improve skin texture and reduce hyperpigmentation (brown spots), tighten pores and minimize redness, giving you a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Find out how Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper at Spa 361 can help you achieve your skincare goals with an IPL photofacial treatment.
How does an IPL facial photo work?
If you've spent a significant amount of time in the Philadelphia sun without sunscreen, you may be seeing the unfortunate signs of sun damage. After years of exposure, there may be freckled spots and dark spots on the face, neck, shoulders, and even the hands. The good news is that certified experts at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute Spa 361 can reduce those blemishes with an IPL facial photo. IPL treatment uses intense wavelengths of light to heat the surface enough to stimulate the skin to regenerate naturally while increasing collagen production. Over time, patients are left with a smoother skin tone, a healthier complexion, and less visible sun damage.
What does IPL do for your skin?
An IPL treatment uses the power of broadband light to minimize the appearance of age spots, sun spots, acne scars, rosacea, and more. IPL Face Treatment generally lasts 20-30 minutes. After cleaning and drying the patient's face, patients will receive eye shields to wear during the procedure. A handheld device will be passed over the target area, delivering intense pulses of light to penetrate the layers of the skin. Most patients describe experiencing a rapid pinching sensation during treatment, with minimal discomfort. There is no need for injections or incisions, giving patients the advantage of no downtime required.
What can I expect after a facial photo?
Immediately after your IPL treatment, the treated areas will be slightly pink or red and swollen. These effects will begin to wear off after 24 hours. You may notice discoloration and sunspots that become somewhat darker or more noticeable, and other blemishes may begin to surface. This is a good sign that the treatment is working. These spots will eventually peel off as the skin begins to heal from the inside out.
Other tips for after your IPL treatment:
- Use sunscreen daily with at least SPF 30
- Keep your skin hydrated at all times
- Use a mild cleanser with warm water at least twice a day
- Do not pinch or scrape the skin - surface blemishes will peel off naturally
- Do not wear makeup for at least 12 to 24 hours after treatment
- Do not exercise vigorously for 48 hours, as overheating of the skin can affect the results.
- No hot baths, hot showers, or hot tubs for 48 hours; lukewarm showers are fine
A microdermabrasion facial is recommended 2 to 3 weeks after the final IPL treatment to remove dead skin cells and reveal your new, healthier skin. A microdermabrasion procedure can also be scheduled with the Spa 361 experts at the Institute of Dermatology and Skin Cancer as part of your skin rejuvenation journey.IPL Face Treatment