If you are concerned about how your complexion looks because of sun damage or dark spots, Kind Health Group can offer you a skin examination at our Encinitas, CA office to see if you'll benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). An IPL photofacial is a rejuvenating skin treatment for adult women and men with hyperpigmentation concerns on their face and neck. IPL may not be an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce impressive results. This treatment uses intense wavelengths of light that raise the temperature of the skin just enough to start the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. In time, you should see a healthier layer with a more even tone and fewer spots. Schedule a consult with our talented MedSpa team today.
Ideal Candidates for IPL
A photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to correct many complexion problems (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no recovery time. The best candidates for IPL treatments at Kind Health Group may have many issues with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, large pores, flushing, melasma, age and sun spots, or dilated capillaries. Our MedSpa team will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for a photofacial during your private consultation.
IPL Procedure Technique
An IPL photofacial is completed inside our Encinitas, CA office in about 20 – 30 minutes in one of our treatment rooms if performed alone. To start the IPL facial, our technician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the IPL photofacial, it is generally tolerable for the fast treatment time.
What to Expect from IPL
There is no recovery time associated with an IPL photofacial treatment, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little red and swollen. This will subside on its own in several hours — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Kind Health Group suggests patients apply an ointment on the treated skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take an anti-inflammatory medication to help decrease swelling. Over the next several days, the blemishes that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's necessary to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after an IPL photofacial treatment and to not pick at the flaking skin. While you should see some results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several IPL photofacial sessions. We typically recommend approximately 3 – 6 treatments done about once a month at Kind Health Group.
IPL Frequently Asked Questions
How much does IPL cost?
Your complexion issues are unique, which means the cost of a photofacial will depend on your specific concerns. Kind Health Group offers specials on treatments like IPL often and we accept most payment methods. During your initial visit, we can help estimate your cost and determine the number of treatments needed to match your goals.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Some results can usually be seen after your session, but optimal results are visible about one month after all of your treatments are done. It’s common for your skin to get varying results after each treatment. You should see gradual improvements in redness, blotchiness, age spots, and sun spots over time.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
You may experience mild side effects like temporary swelling, redness, bruising, blisters, or crusting. These fade in a few days. You will be sun sensitive and you should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will negatively affect the results of the procedure. Whenever you go outside, you should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent issues like redness and spots.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
Before getting IPL, patients are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for at least 2 – 4 weeks prior to the treatment. You may be asked to discontinue the use of certain medications several days before each appointment, and we may recommend taking pain relievers for one week before the treatment to decrease your risk of bruising. You should also use sunscreen since your skin will be extra sensitive.
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
Multiple IPL sessions are better to deliver gradual improvements to the appearance of your skin. Each helps to diminish surface irregularities and spots. A series of sessions also allow for longer-lasting results.
Get Your Glow Back
You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when you were young, but now that environmental damage such as spots and other irregularities are becoming visible, you now may be interested in procedures that fix your skin. We invite you to learn more about IPL photofacial treatments by calling our Encinitas, CA office and scheduling a skin assessment. With IPL photofacial treatments at Kind Health Group, we can go deep within the layers of skin to help restore a radiant glow and a healthy complexion.