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WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS ARE TREATABLE WITH AN IPL LASER FACIAL?

An IPL treatment delivers a broad range of wavelengths to the skin, and thus a number of skin conditions can be treated. The heat that is delivered will also stimulate the skin cells to regenerate new collagen, improving skin tone and texture. This, along with the removal of visible vessels and pigmented areas, leads to smoother, vibrant, and younger looking skin.

Skin conditions that are successfully treated with an IPL laser facial include age spots, freckles, sun spots, liver spots, pigmented acne scars, birthmarks, superficial skin wrinkling, fine spider veins (broken capillaries), diffuse redness associated with Rosacea, cherry angiomas, and even active acne reduction.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? DOES IT REALLY WORK?

On your first visit, Jannelle Riguez will review your medical history and determine if an IPL laser facial is right for you. Some patients start their first laser facial treatment on the same day as their initial consultation. The length of a session typically takes about 15 – 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. Typically from 2 – 4 treatments are required for optimal results. This varies among individuals as well as the particular body area.

The appearance of the treated area immediately after an IPL session will vary depending on the extent of the treatment and the skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. After each treatment, patients are usually able to return immediately to their daily activities.

LASER FACIAL (IPL) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the difference between an IPL laser facial treatment and laser skin resurfacing?
Whether CO2 or erbium, skin resurfacing lasers target the water content in the skin, and thus treats both pigmented and normal skin cells. An IPL (intense pulsed light) device is more color specific, targeting pigmented spots and blood vessels, leaving the surrounding skin essentially intact and untreated.

Does a laser facial hurt?
The treatment is not painful, and thus does not require any topical numbing prior to treatment. Some have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin.

What should I expect after an IPL laser facial treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn, and the skin will show diffuse patchy pink areas. This typically fades in a day or two, but does not lead to any downtime. There is no pain or discomfort after treatment.

How should I prepare for a laser facial treatment?
Avoid tanning or significant sun exposure of the areas to be treated. Tanning decrease the color difference between the pigmented areas and the surrounding skin, making the treatment potentially more challenging, less safe, and less effective. Also avoid the use of photosensitizing medications (such as tetracycline or doxycycline) before a treatment, as this may exaggerate the skin response to treatment.

Does the ELOS Plus work on darker skin colors?
Laser treatment of dark skin was once a risky procedure. The ELOS Plus laser system has revolutionized laser skin rejuvenation by combining two types of energy, thus delivering a safer treatment. This laser has been uniquely designed to protect the skin during treatment and to be used in many darker skin types. Darker skin types require more conservative settings and more expertise to perform safely.

Other than the face, what parts of the body can be treated with IPL?
The treatment can be performed on any area of the body. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight. Other than the face, the most popular areas are the neck, hands, chest, and shoulders.

Are there any areas that should not be treated?
IPL treatments should be avoided in hair bearing areas of the face in men, since the treatment may also lead to unintended permanent hair reduction. In these areas, fractionated resurfacing would be a much better and safer alternative.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of laser facial (intense pulsed light) treatments depends on the area treated and the severity of sun damage. Typically, 2-4 treatments are required, although patients with more extensive pigmentation may require more treatments.

How soon should I expect results?
Most patients start to see some results after the first treatment. You will initially notice darkening of the pigment that was treated, that will begin to exfoliate after a few days. While many patients see great results after the first session, it still takes 2-4 treatments to obtain the results you desire.

Can I use a spray-on tan between treatments?
You should refrain from any tanning or self-tanner products during treatment. The lighter the skin in comparison to the color of the pigmentation, the more effective the light is at targeting the pigment. Tanning of the skin can cause unwanted side effects to occur as well.

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