What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or skin rejuvenation?
It is a type of light therapy. It releases light of many different wavelengths, which penetrates down to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it cause less damage to your skin.
Pigment cells in your skin absorb the light energy, which is converted into heat. The heat destroys the unwanted pigment to clear up freckles and other spots.
Skin Rejuvenation or IPL Photofacial treatments are a non-surgical treatment which is a type of light therapy used to treat wrinkles, for age spots, brown spots, spider veins, sun damage and broken capillaries. Also IPL Photofacials can help with rosacea.
If you have any skin conditions that might affect healing after your treatment, such as inflammatory acne or eczema, please let the technician know.
Your skin care specialist may recommend that you avoid certain activities, medications, and other products for two weeks prior to your procedure.
You should avoid:
drugs that increase your bleeding risk, such as aspirin and ibuprofen(Advil)
creams or other products that contain vitamin A, such as RetinA, or glycolic acid
What to expect during the Procedure
Your skin care specialist first cleans the area that's being treated. Then they rub a cool gel onto your skin. Then, they apply light pulses from the IPL device to your skin. During your treatment, you'll need to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes.
The pulses might sting your skin. Some people liken the feeling to being snapped with a rubber band.
Depending on which part of your body is being treated and how large the area is, the treatment should take 30 to 60 minutes.
To get the results you want, you may need to have 3 to 6 treatments. Those treatments should be spaced about one month apart to let your skin heal in between.
What to Expect Afterward
You should be able to go right back to your regular activities. The treated area of skin will be red and sensitive for a few hours, as if you got sunburned. Your skin may be slightly swollen, too. Your skin will continue to be sensitive for a couple days after the procedure. You need to avoid using hot water on it until your skin heals.