In the world of social media, your picture is everything. Luckily, if your skin doesn’t look how you want it to, there’s a filter that can fix that. What if there was a way to get real-life skin that doesn’t need a filter? We want to let you know that you can. At Dr. Park Avenue in Franklin Lakes, NJ, we can help change your skin for the better with the IPL photofacial. This facial will help target your most stubborn skin imperfections in a way that products simply cannot.
Once you experience the power of IPL, you will be amazed at how something as simple as intense pulsed light can help create such a drastic difference in the same skin conditions that you may have been trying to treat on your own for years.
What Can an IPL Photofacial Do for the Skin?
If you have pigmentation issues, including age spots, liver spots, dark spots, sun damage, or melasma, this treatment will help remove those skin imperfections and even out your skin tone. Whether the sun or other conditions like pregnancy have changed your skin pigment for the worse, an IPL photofacial is the best way to eliminate those imperfections for good.
When it comes to removing pigmentation issues, this treatment truly shines; yet it can also help improve other skin issues, including the signs of aging and inflammation.
Rosacea qualifies as a skin pigmentation issue. Those who suffer from rosacea typically experience excessive redness on the skin’s surface and visible blood vessels in different areas of the face. They also may develop small red bumps. Rosacea comes and goes, and you can never quite tell when it’s going to rear its head. This treatment can help improve rosacea by decreasing the redness in your skin and helping heal the skin tissue.
When you’re young, you don’t think about the future version of yourself or the future version of your skin. Unfortunately, those years spent in the sun without any form of sunscreen or protection have consequences and begin to affect your skin later in life.
If you are suffering from sun damage, including freckles, uneven pigment, melasma, age spots, or fine lines and wrinkles, this treatment can help penetrate the lower skin layers to not only increased collagen production but also destroy skin cells that have been affected by hyperpigmentation. In just a few sessions, you will see a visible improvement in the appearance of your sun-damaged skin.
Many people develop dark spots on their skin due to excess sun exposure and the regular use of tanning beds. These can appear not just on the face but on the neck, chest, hands, and arms. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, the skin increases its melanin production, making your skin tan. Melanin, in increased concentrations, leads to age spots.
There are many different remedies for treating these spots, including lemon juice and at-home skin lightening solutions and devices. However, this treatment can erase the spots with just a few sessions, and you will notice a 70 percent reduction in the appearance of the spots post-treatment.
One of the signs of youth is firm, elastic skin. With the aging process comes the decreased production of the two body proteins responsible for skin firmness and elasticity: collagen and elastin. If your skin has begun to lack elasticity, this treatment can increase collagen production to help repair the skin at a foundational level so that it looks and feels younger. You’ll see a smoothing of wrinkles and a stronger skin support system.
Large pores can result from skin conditions as well as genetics. The aging process can also cause pores to appear more prominent as the skin loses elasticity. Many different products promise to decrease pore size, but one of the primary ways to help minimize your pores is to reduce oil production in the skin.
The IPL photofacial will do you just that. It kills bacteria that sits on the skin’s surface, which can, in turn, reduce the skin’s oil content and decrease the pore size. Tighter, smaller pores improve the appearance of your skin and help minimize skin congestion, including whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
One of the telltale signs that your skin has begun to age is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in different areas on your face. These lines are stubborn. They are hard to treat even if you have every anti-aging product on the market. This treatment helps reduce the appearance of these lines and wrinkles by addressing their root cause.
By increasing collagen production beneath the surface of those lines and wrinkles, you will see a visible improvement in your skin’s appearance and a dramatic reduction in the appearance of those lines and wrinkles.
What Is an IPL Photofacial?
An IPL photofacial is essentially a light facial. It uses a combination of wavelengths to correct irregularities on the skin’s surface and address the signs of aging. It rejuvenates the skin with an IPL device fitted with a specialized handpiece that helps eliminate skin imperfections. It uses different colors and wavelengths of light that the skin absorbs and benefits from its revitalizing effects.
What Can It Help Treat?
This treatment is versatile in that it can target and treat different skin issues. Imperfections are a fact of life when it comes to the skin, but this treatment provides you with a way to get near-perfect skin by targeting and erasing those imperfections. Within just a few treatments, you can see a 50 to 75 percent improvement in your skin and your problematic skin conditions. This treatment is an excellent way to perfect your skin and treat the following:
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Fine lines
- Visible blood vessels
- Redness and rosacea
How Does It Work?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light and uses light therapy to improve skin pigment. Brown spots, age spots, and melasma can make you feel self-conscious about your skin. They can also make you feel like you have to apply foundation daily to make your skin look more even. This treatment can help even out your skin tone and help you feel more confident without makeup.
It uses heat energy produced by the intense pulsed light to stimulate collagen production below the skin’s surface. This treatment targets living skin cells to help improve pigmentation. Dark spots and areas with melasma will absorb the light emitted from the device. Once the light reaches the cells, they help destroy pigmented selves to create a more even skin tone.
What Happens During a Typical Treatment?
Before we schedule your IPL photofacial, we will confirm that this treatment is right for your skin. During your consultation, we will evaluate your skin and listen to your concerns. We will describe the treatment in detail and let you know what you can expect once you undergo the necessary number of sessions laid out in your treatment plan.
When you come in for your appointment, your technician will use the IPL device adjusted to the right setting for your skin type, skin tone, and treatment goals. Once the light IPL photofacial begins, quick light flashes will move across the surface of the skin.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most patients benefit from a series of three to six sessions. Once we examine your skin and evaluate your skin condition, we can provide you with the total number of treatments you need to reach your goals.
Each session will build upon the skin improvements of the one before it, so you will continue to see positive skin changes after each treatment. While you will notice results after one treatment, the best results typically are most visible after three to six consistent treatments with one month between each.
How Long Will My Results Last?
This treatment delivers permanent results. However, to maintain your results, you need to employ preventative measures to help protect your skin from the effects of aging. You should wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin from the sun, as it is the number one cause of premature aging.
You should also eat a healthy diet, including foods that promote skin health like vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. Drink enough water each day to help maintain skin hydration from the inside out and avoid excess caffeine and alcohol consumption.
Are There Any Aftercare Requirements?
There are some directives you should follow post-treatment to take care of your skin to ensure the best results. Once your treatment is complete, we will provide you with a detailed list of aftercare instructions so you know exactly how to maintain your results post-treatment. You should:
- Avoid touching your skin
- Don’t pick or scratch at your skin if it begins to peel
- Avoid strenuous workouts for 24 hours post-treatment
- Protect your skin from heat, including hot baths or showers
- Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, or any direct contact with heat for 24 to 48 hours post-treatment
- Wear a high SPF sunscreen of at least 30, preferably 50
- Wash your skin with a gentle pH balanced cleanser when needed
- Apply moisturizer generously to keep your skin hydrated
- Avoid direct sunlight and excessive sun exposure
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for IPL photofacials are those with fair skin, free of a tan. Those with pigment issues, including rosacea, hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, sun damage, and blotchy uneven skin tone, can benefit from all that this treatment has to offer. Those who want to schedule this treatment must commit to avoiding the sun and sunburn before treatment.
Ideal candidates must also stop smoking and keep their skin moisturized before their scheduled appointment. Those with darker skin tones do not make the best candidates for this treatment since the light not only heats problem areas but the surrounding skin and can increase the risk for burns during treatment due to darker skin pigmentation.
If you are interested in this treatment but still do not know whether you are a candidate, we can help determine if an IPL treatment is the best option for your skin when you come in for your initial consultation here in our office.
Help Your Skin See the Light
There is a solution for skin pigmentation issues, and it’s simple and non-invasive. If you want to finally achieve the complexion of your dreams, this treatment will help you reach the skin goals you may have thought more work out of your reach. Contact us today at Dr. Park Avenue in Franklin Lakes, NJ, to learn more about IPL photofacials and how they can change your skin for the better in just a few treatments.