Photofacial rejuvenation is a non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Photofacial treatments improve the signs of sun damage, redness, and brown spots on the face, hands, and body. There is absolutely no recuperation time – with an IPL Photofacial, you can return to work or resume your normal activities right after your treatment. You will notice a gradual, natural looking improvement in your skin tone. IPL Photofacial is safe for most skin types, but care must be taken with UV exposure following treatment sessions.
What does IPL Photofacial treat?
- Sunspots (UV damage)
- Rosacea (excessive skin redness and increased blood vessels)
- Melasma (pigmentation around the eyes and cheeks)
- MaxG can also treat telangiectasias (broken capillaries) and smaller facial vessels
How It Works
The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology utilizes a large spectrum of light wavelengths to treat the skin. Different systems may be used, each of which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Portions of the light spectrum have wavelengths that are ideal for different treatments, such as sun spot removal and blood vessel clearance. The Cynosure MaxG handpiece emits pulses of light simultaneously at the upper and lower ends of the spectrum in order to maintain efficacy while limiting side effects. The pulses are absorbed by the pigment in brown spots and the blood in visible blood vessels. This light energy is then converted to heat. The heat shrinks the blood vessels and works to break down cells that create the pigment.
What Can I Expect?
It is extremely important that you are NOT sunburned or tanned (including artificial tans) when the treatment is performed, as this may interfere with the IPL procedure and increase risk of side effects. A mild warmth or pinching sensation on the skin will tell you when the laser is being pulsed. No anesthesia is necessary, but a topical gel is often applied during the treatment.
Immediately after treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn, with minor redness and possibly some swelling. This usually lasts less than 24 hours, and can be soothed with cold compresses. Your brown spots will also darken temporarily after each treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within 2 weeks. Moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied immediately afterwards and should be continued throughout the duration of your IPL Photofacial treatment. For most patients, it takes 4-6 treatments spaced approximately 3 or 4 weeks apart.