IPL Photo facial treatments utilize the latest advances in laser technology to help improve everything from the appearance of photo-aged skin, sun damaged skin to rosacea, age spots, premature wrinkles, pigment problems on the face, neck and chest. Photo facial (aka fotofacial or photo facial) treatments center around the patented Intensed Pulsed Light system, which penetrates deep below the skin’s surface to help start the production of new collagen and other connective tissues. A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent hand piece which is gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the hand piece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.
Discontinue sun tanning and the use of tanning beds and self-tanning creams 2 weeks before your PotoFacial and throughout the treatment course. This will reduce the chance of skin color changes, and development of new lesions. Always use an SPF-30 or greater sunscreen on all treatment areas and re-apply every 2 hours throughout the day. Wear protective, light-occluding hats and clothing.Discontinue use of exfoliating creams such as Retin-A and other skin exfoliating products 2 weeks prior to and during the entire treatment course.
If you have a history of herpes outbreaks in the area of treatment you should consult your Primary Care Provider for medical evaluation and possible prophylaxis prior to treatment.Be aware there is the possibility of coincidental hair loss when treating pigmented lesions in hair bearing areas.Wear sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection (this designation is more important than the SPF rating).
A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected after any PhotoFacial. This usually last 2 – 24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 – 3 days. Apply cool compresses to treatment areas for 10 – 15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation. An oral, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, such as acetaminophen may be taken to reduce discomfort. Use according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur. An antibiotic ointment may be applied to the affected areas twice a day until healed. Bath or shower as usual. Areas treated with Intense Pulsed Light may be temperature sensitive. Cool showers or baths will offer relief. Avoid aggressive scrubbing and the use of exfoliants, scrub brushes and loofah sponges until the treatment area has returned to its pre-treatment condition.
- Applying cosmetics on or near treated areas
- Swimming, especially in pools with chemicals/chlorine
- Hot tubs and Jacuzzis
- Activities that cause excessive perspiration
- Sun exposure to treated areas (apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater)
- To prevent infection and scarring, do not scratch or pick scabs or crusting.