Introduction to IPL Photofacial
Our skin has many so amazing qualities that most people take for granted. It can heal on its own if damaged, change pigmentation with sun exposure, and can stretch and snap back into place like nothing ever happened. Unfortunately, as you get older, your body has difficulty producing the necessary amount of proteins, fibers, and tissue to recover as efficiently. Thankfully, there are treatments that we offer at Seattle Face & Skin that will not only promote the production of these healing factors but also make you look a little more youthful in the process. One of these treatments we provide for our Seattle patients is IPL Photofacial, which is a non-surgical, quick recovery treatment that can help fix minor skin impurities.
What is IPL Photofacial?
An IPL Photofacial can bring youthfulness back to your skin by reducing and removing both vascular and pigmented lesions caused by age and sun damage. The IPL laser emits light energy into your skin that targets pigment-producing cells in a non-ablative treatment. The energy from the laser works to destroy the pigment-producing cells, allowing your body to absorb the pigmentation as it heals naturally. IPL can be used to treat the following problems:
- Freckles and Sunspots
- Dilated Blood Vessels
- Pigment Imperfections
What are the Benefits of IPL Photofacial?
Our Seattle IPL Photofacial patients have seen many benefits for their skin which include:
- Eliminate scar tissue after multiple sessions
- Help control acne breakouts
- Kill harmful bacteria
- Reduce redness and inflammation
- Repair smaller blood vessels
- Safe, quick, and pain-free procedure
- Treatment is affordable
Who are the Best Candidates for IPL Photofacial?
Since IPL targets pigment, it is generally best suited for those with lighter skin tones (Fitzpatrick scores of I-IV), as those with darker skin may become discolored. However, by altering the power setting of the laser, IPL can be suitable for almost everybody (with exceptions for those with melasma, as it can cause these spots to become darker.)
What’s the First Step?
The First Step in getting an IPL Photofacial in Seattle is to contact Seattle Face & Skin for your consultation with Dr. Bhrany. During this appointment, you will be able to discuss the aesthetic goals for treatment, ask any questions, and address any concerns. Dr. Bhrany or an Aesthetic team member will examine your skin and create a treatment plan that he believes will best suit you. It is important, to be honest about your medical history during this consultation to ensure the best, most positive results and avoid any potential risks. Once all of this information is collected and you agree to the plan treatment plan they make, you will be able to have your first session immediately after your consultation, or if you need to reschedule, our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you with that.
What to Expect on the Day of IPL Photofacial
When it’s time for your IPL Photofacial, the treatments are fairly simple with very little discomfort. You will first be provided with eye protection and then your technician will begin by applying a cold gel to the treatment area to help make your experience as pleasant as possible. Then, based on your skin’s evaluation, the appropriate light setting is chosen to produce the best results. These pulses of light are performed in short bursts to the treated area.
The entire treatment can be completed in about 30 minutes.
IPL Photofacial Recovery
Recovery following treatment is quick with almost no downtime necessary. Mild redness or a warm or burning sensation may be present for several hours or up to a day after treatment. However, most patients can continue with their usual routine immediately following the procedure, and make-up and skin care products can be used as usual.
How Much Does IPL Photofacial Cost in Seattle?
The cost of an IPL Photofacial in Seattle will vary on a variety of factors, including which the location and surface area that is being treated. After meeting with your provider and having your procedure plan created, our Patient Coordinator will be able to use that information to provide you with a breakdown of the entirety of your treatment.
Why Choose Us?
Dr. Amit D. Bhrany devotes his practice to aesthetic facial rejuvenation and reconstruction. As a double board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, Dr. Bhrany feels privileged to have the opportunity to make a difference in his patients’ lives and even more privileged to have your trust to allow him to participate in your care. As the leader of Seattle Face & Skin, our team shares Dr. Bhany’s goals in helping our patients achieve a healthy, more youthful, and natural appearance, that leaves them feeling better and more confident inside.
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IPL PhotoFacial FAQs
Your procedure questions answered.
IPL Photofacial is considered to be one of the safest light-based treatments available. The treatment should cause you little-to-no pain during or after your treatment, and if any side effects do occur, they should heal on their own after a few hours, however, it may take up to a few days.
Multiple treatments are typically required to optimize the results of IPL. A package of three treatments is usually recommended, though some patients may benefit from an additional one to two treatments as needed.
Many patients see some level of results after the first treatment, as hyperpigmentation of the skin begins to fade and redness is reduced. Others may require a full round of 3-5 treatments as prescribed before noticing an evening of skin tone. Complete results can be expected approximately three months following the final treatment. However, sun protection is critical both during and after the treatment sequence, as sun spots and redness can return with further sun exposure and damage to the skin.
Of course! Since IPL Photofacial is designed to improve your skin and give you a more youthful appearance, you may want to utilize other rejuvenation treatments such as BOTOX or Facial Fillers to enhance your look. If you would like to hear our expert recommendations, please discuss your goals and desires when you come in for your consultation.
As with all laser treatments, risks include skin discoloration, blistering, scarring, and not receiving the desired effects of IPL treatment. To minimize these risks, Dr. Bhrany will work with you to establish a treatment plan that is best suited to your skin type, needs, and desires.