If you’re looking for one treatment that improves many different skin conditions, an IPL photofacial is a great fit. As one of many advanced therapies available at A to Z Dermatology, IPL photofacials offer astounding improvements without the need for surgery or other invasive procedures. When you’re ready to explore the possibilities available through an IPL photofacial, call the offices in Sun City, Chandler, Mesa, Gold Canyon, or Casa Grande, Arizona, or request an appointment online today.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is an aesthetic treatment that targets carefully controlled pulses of broad-spectrum light into the deeper layers of your skin. Because the process leverages the power of light, these treatments are often called IPL photofacials.
An IPL photofacial is a specialized procedure and one that should always be performed by an experienced medical professional like those at A to Z Dermatology.
IPL photofacials improve the appearance of many different skin conditions, including:
The ability to treat more than one condition with the same treatment is part of what makes IPL photofacials so popular. They can be used on various areas of your body, including your back, neck, face, chest, hands, arms, and legs.
Once you’re comfortable, your practitioner thoroughly cleanses your skin. They can also apply a topical numbing cream to your skin at an additional cost, which is left on your skin for 20-40 minutes. Afterward, your provider removes the cream and applies a cooling gel to your skin. You also wear dark glasses to protect your eyes during your procedure.
Your practitioner at A to Z Dermatology then moves a treatment handpiece over the surface of your skin. The handpiece emits pulses of light that penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin.
After your treatment, your provider removes the gel and applies sunscreen and moisturizer to your skin. An IPL photofacial treatment usually takes about 30 – 60 minutes to complete, depending on the size and the area being treated.
Some patients report a sensation similar to the snap of a rubber band, while others liken the experience to a tolerable stinging sensation. The process may be a bit uncomfortable but does not cause significant pain.
As the light penetrates into your skin, it creates heat, which damages the targeted cells. Your body responds with its natural healing power, prompting new cellular growth and pushing the damaged skin cells to the surface of your skin, where they eventually slough off. You can expect the team at A to Z Dermatology to ensure you're comfortable during your treatment and thoroughly walk you through the process, so you know what to expect.
It can take as long as three months for full results to develop. Depending on the skin issues you’re treating, a series of sessions may be needed to reach optimal results. At A to Z Dermatology, you receive a personalized treatment plan during your first visit to determine how many sessions you need.
You can extend those results by using high-quality sunscreen every day. Embracing a healthy skin care routine with professional-level products also goes a long way toward maintaining results. Excess sun exposure or failure to adequately exfoliate causes sun spots, freckles, and overall skin dullness to return.
To learn more about IPL photofacials and if they’re right for you, call A to Z Dermatology to schedule an appointment or request one online today.