What is an IPL Photofacial?

What does IPL photorejuvenation do for the skin, and how does it work?

Photo by  Sage Kirk

Photo by Sage Kirk

Although certain skin imperfections are a unique way to determine who we are (we love freckles!), there are some instances where brown and red spots can be undesirable. Anything from sun spots, age spots, and even birthmarks can be treated with IPL photorejuvenation. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photorejuvenation, or often called “photofacial” is a safe and effective way to reverse the effects of the sun or photo-damaged and aging skin. Overally, it is a skin care treatment that produces healthier, younger looking skin.

How are birthmarks, sun spots and age marks caused?

Pigmented birthmarks are marks on the skin that are usually a few shades darker than the rest of the individuals skin colour. The cause of birthmarks is unknown and there is no way to prevent them. Sun spots, however, are caused by the sun hitting certain parts of damaged skin on the body as a way to protect the skin. When UV rays hit our skin, more melanin is produced and certain damaged areas of our skin darken as a way to protect itself against UV rays. Lastly, age spots are formed from the overproduction of melanin in the skin overtime. Tanning beds, UV ray exposure and aging are all among the causes of age spots. In all of these scenarios, it is pigmentation built up in capillaries which show through the layers of the skin. 

How Does IPL Photorejuvenation Work?

Photorejuvenation or IPL Photofacial is a procedure where intense pulse light (IPL) is used to improve a variety of skin imperfections and benign conditions. It is a safe and non-invasive procedure that can be tailored to your unique skin type and the specific skin condition to provide superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction. 

IPL photorejuvenation is a light treatment. During a Photofacial, Intense Pulse Light is delivered into the skin in a controlled and safe fashion to target pigment or vascular irregularities.This light specifically targets pigmented cells without impacting or harming the surrounding skin. The light passes through the surface layers of the skin, draws out the pigment producing cells or cells where pigmented lesions have occured and disperses the unwanted pigmentation. 

What Should I Expect During an IPL Photorejuvenation Treatment?

After your initial consultation with the laser technician, a cooling gel is applied to the treatment area and glasses will be provided to protect your eyes. 

The smooth glass surface of the laser head will gently glide over your skin while pulses of light target your unwanted pigmentation. At most, you may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. Depending on the energy used, there can be some redness and initial deepening of the pigment before it flakes off.  However, most often, you may resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment. It is recommended, however to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for two weeks post-treatment and to wear a physical sunscreen containing titanium or zinc oxide. Our favourite is Vivier Sheer SPF 45.  

A silky sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a sheer, soft touch texture that spreads evenly on your skin.  Ideal for normal to dry skin. $65 for 90ml.   Available in store in Bancroft and Haliburton or online.

A silky sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a sheer, soft touch texture that spreads evenly on your skin. Ideal for normal to dry skin. $65 for 90ml. Available in store in Bancroft and Haliburton or online.

Here at Fresh You Clinic we are able to treat a variety of skin abnormalities with our laser technology and expertise. We take the time to explain the procedures, the device and answer all questions. 

If you have skin discolouration such as birthmarks, age spots, or sun spots, please feel free to contact us. Call us to book your consultation today and one of our technicians will be happy to assist. Located in Bancroft, Haliburton and Barry’s Bay, we are ready to help you.