IPL Photofacials & Photorejuvenation in Bedford
Say goodbye to the effects of sun damage, fine wrinkles, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, acne and more! With the innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) photofacial procedure, gentle skin rejuvenation is now easier than ever. IPL™ Photorejuvenation is the latest in modern dermatology, allowing patients to transform red, blotchy skin into a radiant complexion. If you suffer from any of the above conditions Photofacial treatments may be the dermatological approach you’ve been looking for, especially if you live near Bedford. An IPL photofacial can be an effective way to eliminate many cosmetic issues, including moderate acne scars and rosacea.
After an IPL Photofacial, the skin appears more youthful with improved skin texture, decreased pore size, improved tone and color of the skin. IPL stimulates the growth of the collagen, therefore reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used for any parts of the body including décolleté, neck, arms, hands and legs. IPL technology can treat almost any area of the body where uneven skin tone is unwanted. The IPL because it is non-invasive, it allows for cosmetic improvements quickly, conveniently, and with very little risk or discomfort.
How IPL™ Photorejuvenation Works
During IPL™ Photorejuvenation treatment, high energy light waves are used to reduce or eliminate many common effects of aging, including facial wrinkles and skin discolorations. IPL™ Photorejuvenation also encourages the production of collagen, a natural protein that fills in wrinkles, making the skin smooth and supple. With each treatment, the results of IPL™ Photorejuvenation becomes more pronounced. Three to Five full-face IPL™ Photofacial sessions spaced three weeks apart are normally required for optimal results. The number of sessions depends on the severity of the aesthetic issues involved .
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?
People with tanned or naturally dark skin sometimes experience changes in skin pigmentation after IPL photofacial treatment. African-Americans and people of Greek and Italian descent, for example. Additionally, people who are taking the medication Accutane® should not have an IPL photofacial until at least six months after they stop using the drug. Pregnant women should also postpone treatment until after they give birth.
What to Expect During Treatment
Before the procedure begins, you will be given protective eye-wear to protect you from the bright flashes of light. A cool gel is often applied to the treatment area, both to lubricate the hand piece and to help cool the epidermis during the treatment. Pulses of bright light will be delivered to the skin through the hand-piece. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. During the IPL photofacial procedure, you will feel a warm sensation caused by the hand-piece. Some patients liken the sensation to a light “snap” from a rubber band. The number of pulses you receive will depend on the size of the area being treated. Following the procedure, ice may be applied to the treatment area to help soothe any discomfort from the procedure. This is often unnecessary, however, as IPL photofacial treatment causes very little pain.
The recovery time from an IPL skin procedure is often very short, as there is very little damage done to the skin during treatment. Depending on the skin malady you are seeking to remedy as well as your skin type, the redness that is present following the procedure may persist for a longer or shorter period of time. The side effects of IPL Photofacial treatment dissipate within a few hours for many patients. For some patients, however, the redness or dark spots may take a week to fade. Patients treated for severe acne sometimes experience longer recovery times, though they are often amazed by the results when the side effects wear off. The most important things to remember following IPL Photofacial treatment are to avoid the sun for several days and to wear plenty of sunblock for at least two weeks. Intense pulsed light therapy can give you excellent results for a few years or more, but you must take care to ensure your skin is protected for the first few weeks after treatment.
Follow-Up IPL Treatments
Often, multiple IPL Photofacial treatments are necessary to achieve maximum results. Especially if you are seeking to remedy multiple problems – for instance, if you are seeking to improve skin texture and reduce redness – multiple treatments affecting different layers of the skin will likely be needed. During the initial consultation we help you find out how many IPL Photofacial treatments you may need to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Risks and Benefits
IPL™ Photorejuvenation involves relatively little discomfort and no downtime. Unlike many laser techniques, the procedure is non-ablative, meaning no skin is removed during treatment. This contributes to the relatively easy recovery and low risk associated with the IPL™ Photofacial, while allowing patients to return to their everyday routine immediately. However, patients should be aware of both the risks and benefits of Photorejuvenation; potential risks include bruising, blistering, scabbing, and changes in the skin’s pigmentation, although most of these issues soon fade.
IPL™ Photofacial FAQs
The answers to these frequently asked questions will help you to better understand the Photofacial procedure. As always, there is no substitute for a one-on-one consultation to provide you with answers to your specific questions.
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy?
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy? Intense pulsed light therapy was invented by Dr. Patrick Bitters Jr. The IPL Photofacial skin procedure involves the use of an intense beam of broad-spectrum light (as opposed to lasers, which operate within a very specific wavelength) that targets the dermis, the lower layer of the skin. The procedure simultaneously removes damaged and photo-aged skin while stimulating collagen growth. IPL Photorejuvenation therapy can improve the color, consistency, and texture of the skin all at once.
What does IPL Photorejuvenation Treat?
What does IPL Photorejuvenation Treat? IPL Photorejuvenation can treat a wide variety of skin problems. It can be used to remove red spots or diffuse redness and can help with acne or rosacea. IPL treatments can also help to smooth uneven skin texture, close large pores, and eliminate wrinkles by stimulating collagen growth. With so many applications, it is no wonder that many consider IPL Photorejuvenation to be the most versatile skin treatment available.
Are Fotofacial, Photofacial, and Photorejuvenation the Same Thing?
Yes. These terms all refer to facial treatment based upon a common principle: heating and stimulating the dermis (the inner layer of the skin) while cooling and protecting the epidermis (the outer layer). There are a wide variety of technologies and procedures available for this type of treatment, however, and each works in a slightly different way.
Is IPL Photorejuvenation Safe?
IPL Photorejuvenation is one of the safest light-based facial treatments available. Most patients experience little or no pain during the procedure. Some patients have reported that the light pulses feel similar to a light “snap” from a rubber band. There have been few reported long-term side effects of IPL Photorejuvenation, and the most common side effects – redness, minor swelling, and inflammation – usually go away within a few hours to a few days after treatment.
What Results can I Expect After IPL Treatment?
Immediately after your treatment, your face will appear slightly red or flushed, but this is completely normal. It will take several hours to a day or so for the treatment’s results to become noticeable. The redness will fade, and you will see improvements more and more. Depending on the condition you are treating, your experience will differ. For example, if you are treating acne with IPL Photorejuvenation, your skin may remain red for several days before you notice an improvement. If you are seeking to stimulate collagen growth, the redness may disappear sooner, and you will begin to see a smoother skin texture within a few days. Treated pigmented lesions may initially look raised and/or darker with reddened perimeter . The lesions will gradually turn darker over the next 24-48 hours. It may turn dark brown or even black. The lesion will progress to scab/crusting and will start flaking off in 7-21 days. Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs. The lesions will continue to fade over the next 6-8 weeks. Though recovery from IPL Photorejuventation is rapid, it is important to keep in mind that sunscreen is vital to ensuring the results of the procedure last as long as possible. Be sure to protect the treated area from the sun for at least a couple of weeks, either by covering the area or wearing strong sunscreen. If the proper steps are taken to maintain the improvements, the results of your treatment may last up for few years or even longer.
Are Multiple Treatment Sessions Recommended?
Depending on the area being treated and the severity of the problem, multiple treatment sessions may be recommended. For many problems, we recommend between three and five treatments.
What is the Cost of IPL Treatment?
We offer comparative package prices; please call us to schedule a complimentary consultation for the most updated pricing.
Are There Side Effects Associated with IPL Photorejuvenation?
Most reported side effects of IPL photorejuvenation are mild and resolve themselves within a few hours or days of treatment. The most common side effect is facial redness or flushing. Small capillaries may appear larger immediately following treatment as well – but don’t worry; this is common and will fade quickly. In rarer instances, mild bruising and swelling may occur, but this too will go away within a day or so. Permanent side effects from photorejuvenation are extremely rare. If in rare cases blistering may occur, an antibiotic ointment may be applied twice a day until healed. Do not pick or scratch the blisters!
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