If you’ve tried everything to help your skin recover from damage due to the sun, acne, or if you suffer from rosacea, you may be tired of seeing no results. Though many products and treatments claim they can help banish scars, hyperpigmentation or other issues, the truth is that everyone’s skin is different. Some people may benefit from creams and changes in their routines, while others are left with the same stubborn marks.
If you’re tired of trying everything, then it’s time to learn about IPL photofacials and what they can do. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment.
What is IPL?
IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light, and is also called broadband light (BBL), photorejuvenation, or photofacial. Though it is similar to a laser, IPL is not technically a laser. Instead, IPL treatments are able to vary the wavelengths of light they use, so they can treat a myriad of issues (instead of laser treatments, which often are tailored to specific skin issues). For example, IPL can be used to treat scars, rosacea, and even help remove unwanted hair.
Who is a good candidate?
Those who suffer from the following are likely good candidates for IPL treatments.
- Brown and Red Spots
- Sun Damage
- Spider Veins
- Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
- Pigment Imperfections
Keep in mind that IPL treatments work best on certain skin tones, so if you have darker skin, IPL treatments may not be a good option for you. Best results are found on those who have lighter skin, but there are other options for patients with darker skin.
How long will results last?
The best results are found longer term, so don’t plan to get an IPL photofacial the day before a big event. In fact, results improve over time. We recommend patients get between one and three treatments, and the best results usually come a few months after your last treatment. Taking care of your skin afterwards is also key to maintaining results. Wearing sunscreen and exfoliating will help your sun spots stay away, for example.
A touch-up treatment may be recommended about a year after your first series of treatments.