IPL Photofacial FAQs (Part 1)
Fast, painless and non-invasive – with no downtime – IPL Photofacials are extremely popular with our Troy, Mi area patients for restoring smoothness and clarity to the skin. In this two-part article Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients’ most frequently asked questions about IPL Photofacials.
How Do IPL Photofacials Work?
The IPL Photofacial gets its name from its use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to perform skin rejuvenation. Unlike other skin rejuvenation treatments, the IPL Photofacial does not use a laser, and is as a result capable of penetrating the skin without subjecting it to severe damage. Instead, the IPL Photofacial carefully damages the tissue beneath the skin just enough to trigger the body’s production of collagen and elastin fiber, while simultaneously only subjecting the outer layer of skin to enough damage to induce the body’s natural wound healing mechanism.
It is through this controlled injury to the skin’s most superficial layer (called the dermis) that the IPL Photofacial is able to so effectively make patients look so much younger and refreshed.
The aging process takes a serious toll on the dermis, which over time grows thinner, produces less collagen, and loses elasticity. Drastic changes to the structural integrity of the skin are what cause sagging and wrinkles. But through the incredible, non-invasive IPL Photofacial, Troy, MI area patients are able to regain lost collagen and elasticity, essentially rewinding the aging process by a great many years.
How do IPL Photofacials treat age spots and redness?
At the Troy, MI area’s AMAE Med Spa, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and diffuse redness are among the most common conditions we treat with the IPL Photofacial. The former two conditions are caused by melanin, and the latter by hemoglobin. During an IPL Photofacial, the melanin in the pigmented areas absorbs the light used in the procedure, and is then broken down by the heat reaction. This in turn triggers a photo-toxic reaction in the melanin vesicles, which causes the melanin to turn darker before dissipating from the skin.
Meanwhile, light from the IPL Photofacial is also absorbed by the skin’s superficial blood vessels, and are coagulated by the heat. This results in the destruction of protein in the vessels’ walls, which itself results in the production of collagen.
How many IPL Photofacials will I need?
Most patients see significant results after a single IPL Photofacial. However, individuals with more severe sun damage, darker pigmentation, or extensive redness may require more than one treatment for optimal results.
On average 1-3 treatments at 4 week intervals are typically recommended for the best results. Maintenance treatments in the future can help patients maintain these optimal results.
What results can I expect from Nordlys IPL Photofacial?
After their treatment, our Troy, MI area IPL Photofacial patients can expect drastic reduction of diffuse redness and excess pigmentation, as well as improved pore size and skin texture. Immediately after an IPL Photofacial, pigmentation will first appear darker in color, and will then develop a light crust a few days following the procedure. While this may at first appear discouraging, such effects are actually signs of a successful procedure. And once this subsides, the skin of the treatment area will appear significantly rejuvenated and refreshed. In order achieve best results that line up exactly with the patient’s desired outcomes, a series of several more treatment sessions may be necessary.
Is the Nordlys IPL Photofacial safe?
Yes. The IPL Photofacial is completely safe. Using a patented system of “duel mode filtering,” any wavelengths deemed harmful or unnecessary to the procedure are filtered out. The technology used to perform an IPL Photofacial also comes pre-programed with treatment suggestions designed for different skin types, meaning we are able to adjust the energy levels of the procedure to the specific needs of our every individual Troy, MI area patient.
Additionally, IPL Photofacial patients are provided with the eye protection glasses worn by the technician preforming the procedure, ensuring the treatment is as safe for the eyes as it is for the skin.
Are there precautions or preparations for IPL Photofacial?
60 days prior to having an IPL Photofacial administered, patients visiting our Troy, MI area med spa should refrain completely from using Vitamin A acids of any kind on their face. These include glycolic acid, retinoic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A), alpha-hydroxy acids, and Accutane, to name a few.
Additionally, IPL Photofacial patients should not tan themselves for at least one month before treatment, as well as for the entire duration of their treatment scenario. In doing so, patients are at less of a risk of increased pain or burns from the epidermis absorbing excessive light.
After undergoing an IPL Photofacial, the skin of the treatment area will be highly sensitive to UV light. For this reason, patients must wear a sunscreen higher than SPF 30 for at least 30 days after their procedure.
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IPL Photofacials – Troy, MI Area
Skin conditions like age spots and redness can deal devastating blows to a person’s confidence. AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, Mi area, we believe that – thanks to technology like the incredible IPL Photofacial – there is no reason to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. IPL Photofacial treatment can finally make age spots, sun spots, redness and pigmentation thing of the past. Contact AMAE Med Spa today and get clearer, brighter, smoother skin with an IPL Facial.
Schedule a Troy, MI area IPL Photofacial: 248.335.7200