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IPL Photofacial

IPL Photofacial

WHY

AN 

IPL Photofacial

?

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, therapy is one of the most popular esthetic treatments in the world. It is an excellent way to treat a host of appearance-related concerns, including hyperpigmentation, sun damage, spider veins, broken capillaries, and rosacea.

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WHAT CAN YOU
TREAT WITH

AN 

IPL Photofacial

?

Pigmentation
Brown Spots
Rosacea
Sun Damage
Skin Tone
Broken Capillaries
Spider Veins

The Skinny on

IPL Photofacial

APPOINTMENT
LENGTH

45-60 Minutes

5-7 days, initial series of 3 treatments spaced four weeks apart

Permanent, but yearly maintenance and healthy skin habits are a must

Mild redness and swelling similar to sunburn

TIME IT TAKES
TO SEE RESULTS

RESULTS
LAST

POST
TREATMENT

Confidence-Boosting BENEFITS:


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No Downtime

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Non-invasive And Quick Treatment Time

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Visible Improvement In The Appearance Of Many Skin Concerns

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Less Expensive Than Laser

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WHAT IS IPL?

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is used to visibly improve many common skin concerns resulting from aging and other lifestyle factors. IPL therapy, sometimes also referred to as IPL Photofacial, uses light energy in different wavelengths to target specific skin irregularities that show up as sunspots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and redness. The handpiece features a filtered piece of glass that causes the light from the IPL device to be absorbed by the irregularities in the skin (such as sunspots and rosacea). After the treatment, the body will naturally absorb the targeted cells, and you'll notice a difference in 5-7 days. A series of three initial treatments are recommended, and we also recommend annual maintenance treatments. Results can also be prolonged by avoiding the sun and taking care to protect your skin from further damage.

Patients who want to improve a "blotchy" or uneven complexion will appreciate this treatment's results.


WHAT AREAS CAN YOU TREAT WITH IPL?

IPL can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands and small irregularities on the rest of the body such as freckles, moles, or birthmarks. IPL can also be used to get rid of unwanted hair in patients with lighter skin types. 

THE IPL DEVICE & TREATMENT

At Esthetics Center, we are proud to offer IPL treatments with the Nordlys by Candela, one of the industry's premier makers of esthetic laser devices. The Nordlys is the industry's gold standard for IPL treatment, as it can treat the skin using a narrower wavelength of light while generating less heat. For the patient, this translates to a more effective and more comfortable experience that takes less time. The Nordlys also includes a Frax device that can for skin resurfacing, a complementary treatment.

IPL POST TREATMENT

Following IPL treatment, your skin may be mildly red or swollen or perhaps feels sensitive, but you should be able to resume your normal daily activities with no issues. Most patients say it feels like a mild sunburn. You can ease any discomfort you might feel with a cool washcloth, aloe, or a cooled facial roller. Because there is no damage to the surface of your skin, you can also use makeup, moisturizer, and other topical products. You should also wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and always protect your skin from further sun damage -- not only during your treatments!

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IPL?

IPL treatment is suitable for most skin types, but unfortunately, it is not ideal for darker skin tones because it does target areas of pigmentation. We have other options for these patients. IPL is excellent for patients with lighter-toned skin with areas of sun damage such as pigmentation, diffuse redness, or flushing from rosacea, and those with broken blood vessels. We ask that you avoid tanning (even self-tanning lotion) for a minimum of two weeks before your treatment so that your skin is closest to its baseline tone as possible. We also ask that you avoid retinol and other acid products such as glycolic for a week before treatment. As a general practice, we do not perform medical esthetic treatments on pregnant women due to inflammatory concerns, but this treatment can be done soon after childbirth.

IPL RESULTS BEFORE & AFTER

We generally recommend all patients start with a series of three IPL treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart. You will begin to see results after the first treatment -- however, this procedure gets better and better as you go. As areas are addressed and resolved in the beginning, we can continue to treat the harder, more stubborn issues. IPL treatments are some of the most highly rated on RealSelf.com, and we can see why. Our patients’ Before and After results speak for themselves. Please contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss whether IPL can help you feel and live more confidently.

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HOW LONG DO IPL RESULTS LAST?

IPL results are permanent in as much as you can prevent and mitigate further damage to your skin from sun exposure and other diet and lifestyle triggers. IPL cannot stop aging or the normal hormonal process, but in conjunction with proper skincare and a healthy lifestyle, it will most certainly help. We recommend yearly maintenance treatments and a consultation with one of our estheticians for suggestions on personalized skincare. 

PROS & CONS OF IPL

PROS

  • IPL is very effective in treating areas of pigmentation and redness.
  • No downtime and minimal risk.
  • IPL treatments are very cost-effective.

CONS

  • IPL is best suited for lighter skin tones because it targets pigment. 
  • IPL treatment can be mildly uncomfortable, but settings can be adjusted according to the patient’s needs.
  • IPL doesn’t address skin texture or laxity.



IPL VS. LASERS

One would choose IPL treatments over lasers because there is no downtime, it is cost-effective and requires no aftercare. Laser treatments can be used to target a more specific concern, but can also be ablative, which will require some measure of wound care and/or downtime. Lasers are more aggressive but also incredibly effective. Whether we would choose one approach over the other depends on several factors that can be discussed at a consultation with one of our skilled nurses.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ESTHETICS CENTER

My whole life I have always hated my profile. When I put on weight my neck was one of the first places that my fat would land. It was so depressing and impacted my whole life.... my hairstyle, the clothes I wore, how I talked to people. I hated pictures of myself - which was brutal belonging to a family who loves their cameras! I recently retired and thought I would do something about it. You can see from the before and after pics that Dr Rice literally worked a miracle. I honestly had no idea it could look this good! I feel like a new person! The procedure was pain free. I mean it... pain free. The recovery was super easy for me and shockingly fast! My only regret is that I didn't do this ten years sooner. I'm not an overly vain person. I struggled with spending this much money on myself. But looking back, I so strongly believe that this was worth every penny. Every. Single. Penny. If you're like me and feel there's something that holds you back from being the real you, make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rice. He is the nicest, most patient doctor - along with every single person there... From Daniel at reception, Tammy who assists the doctor, and the lovely ladies who work in the skin clinic. They are kind and encouraging. You'll feel like part of the family.
Michelle F.

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