If you are looking to lighten and remove “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on your face, neck, chest, and hands, Aurora Medical Spa provides IPL photofacial treatments.1,2,3 This procedure can also be effective for those with rosacea and facial blood vessels. A photofacial, or “fotofacial,” is a 30-minute procedure in which intense pulses of light (IPL) are used to penetrate deep into the skin. IPL™ photorejuvenation then causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines.1
Who is a candidate for IPL™ Photofacial?
Patients with rosacea, red flushed faces secondary to acne rosacea, facial blood vessels and capillaries, sun damaged skin, pigmented facial spots and enlarged pores. An IPL photofacial is a good choice if you have any number of different goals, including plumper, younger-looking skin, faded brown spots, fewer broken capillaries and less overall facial redness.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Face, neck, décolletage and hands.4
About the Procedure:
The morning before your photofacial procedure, you should not apply any makeup or skincare products. Your face will need to be thoroughly cleansed before the treatment can begin, but this can be done at Aurora Medical Spa before your treatment. You will wear an eye mask to protect your eyes from the light. After applying a clear, cooling gel, your Aurora Medical Spa nurse will press an IPL device to the problematic areas of the face, neck or hands. The IPL device emits a light that heats up collagen beneath the skin, encouraging the body to produce more of this beneficial protein.
At the end of the treatment, the nurse wipes off the gel, cleans the area with a warm cloth, and applies a moisturizer with sunscreen. If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply for five or ten minutes. Avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen daily are both advised. Some patients experience “chocolate chipping” after the treatment, where the sun damage comes to the surface and flakes off.
How long does it take for IPL™ photofacial treatments to work?
Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart.4 You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments.