IPL Photofacial

  • 30 minutes
  • 3-4 days
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  • 1 week

What is IPL Photofacial?

An intense pulsed light (IPL) Photofacial in Scottsdale, AZ or IPL skin rejuvenation is a process by which light energy penetrates deep into the skin to encourage collagen and blood vessels to constrict, diminishing fine lines and redness. The IPL procedure is used to treat a range of skin concerns including birthmarks, freckles, sun spots, acne and rosacea. With the use of appropriate wavelengths, the heat damages the indicated target and either brings it to the surface to scab and heal, or be eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system.

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What Should I Expect after IPL Photofacial?

Immediately after your IPL photorejuvenation treatment, you may appear as if you have a slight sunburn or have been participating in strenuous cardiovascular exercise. This is normal, and any redness will subside usually in two to five days. Crusting can take place which may last up to 10 days, and some spots may appear darker for a few days before they get lighter. In many cases, more than one treatment is necessary to achieve your goals. The number of treatments necessary is best determined after the first treatment. Results can vary and are often enhanced when patients commit to follow-up Photofacial treatments every six to 12 months.

Who is IPL Photofacial for?

The IPL Photofacial Scottsdale is a safe and effective choice for most healthy adults. It is ideal for younger patients who are starting to see early pigmentation. Our skincare patients with fair skin that has not been tanned often see the best results. Darker skin tones do not respond as well to IPL Photofacials. Adam and Eve Medical Aesthetics in Scottsdale may suggest other facial treatment options if this describes you. To best determine if this is the right choice for you, please share your medical history, concerns and goals with Adam and Eve Medical Aesthetics during your initial consultation.

What Does a IPL Photofacial Treatment Consist of?

IPL Photofacials are typically safe and effective. To help minimize any potential IPL side effects, Adam and Eve Medical Aesthetics recommends that patients avoid sun exposure, with proper sunscreen for at least four weeks prior to treatment. The area treated should be free from sunburn, suntan, cold sores and inflamed acne on the day of your appointment. Stop using aspirin, Aleve or ibuprofen for at least one week prior to treatment. If you wear contacts, bring your case to the appointment as you will remove them prior to having your Photofacial in Scottsdale.

On the day of your Photofacial session, plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour in the treatment room. Your skin will be cleaned to prep it, and we will ask you to remove your contact lenses if you wear them. The procedure is relatively quick, and most patients describe it as only minimally uncomfortable, at most. The sensation includes mild zaps as the device is moved across your face. Some scabs may be visible on your skin throughout the healing process. IPL Photofacial aftercare instructions will be reviewed after your treatment. Adam and Eve Medical Aesthetics will follow up with you within two weeks post-treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our office.

Why Choose Adam & Eve Medical Aesthetics?

Adam and Eve Medical Aesthetics is a trusted IPL Photofacial treatment facility in Scottsdale. Our team includes industry professionals with specialized training to help you achieve maximum results in our comfortable facility. We take great pride in hiring and maintaining a qualified team of laser technicians who are knowledgeable in how to treat various skin conditions with innovative procedures including IPL Photofacials. Our goal is always to help you achieve a healthy complexion you are happy with. As an Allergan Diamond status facility, we maintain the highest standards in patient care and innovative practices and rank among the top 1% of facilities in the United States.

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We all want to look our best — but sometimes our skin doesn't cooperate! Get in touch with Adam & Eve Medical Aesthetics today to set up your consultation and determine whether receiving an IPL photofacial is the right procedure for you. We look forward to meeting you and helping you look your best

Life isn't always kind to our skin, and factors such as sun exposure, air pollution, and normal aging can contribute to a dull, dry, and wrinkled complexion. Consider an IPL Photofacial for a safe, non-invasive treatment that brightens and refreshes your facial skin. Read through our frequently asked questions below to learn more about this procedure, and reach out if you have questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions About IPL Photofacial

Is there downtime after IPL Photofacial treatment?

There is no downtime after an IPL Photofacial. However, your skin might feel like it is mildly sunburnt, and some peeling is also normal. You may also have micro crusting of pigment, which can be covered with make-up.

How many IPL Photofacial treatments are needed?

In the hands of a skilled professional, most IPL Photofacial treatment patients see improvements after only one session. However, three to five sessions is usually enough to see excellent results.

Does IPL hurt?

Topical numbing is used to minimize any discomfort.

How Does IPL Photofacial Work?

IPL stands for "intense pulsed light" therapy, which is simply a method of rejuvenating your facial skin's texture and appearance without having to undergo surgery. It's non-surgical, which means that there are no scalpels and needles involved. A trained technician will guide the laser over your face or other areas you wish to treat while you relax. It's important not to do anything drastic, such as visiting a tanning bed, before this procedure. You should also avoid supplements and medications that make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

How Much Is an IPL Photofacial?

The cost of an IPL photofacial will vary depending on where you live and whether you are combining this treatment with others. Because it is a cosmetic procedure, your health insurance plan will likely not cover it. You can expect to pay from $300 to $600 for this procedure.

What Does IPL Photofacial Treat?

The ideal client for an IPL photofacial is someone with sun-damaged skin or signs of aging that look like red or brown blotches. You may notice these spots or signs of sun damage on your face, your chest, your neck, and your hands. For many patients, the spots on their face and neck concern them the most. Photofacials may help with minor scarring, rosacea, age spots, and other signs of aging. Still, they are not appropriate for severe acne, keloid scarring, or medical conditions such as eczema if you are currently having a flare-up.

Can You Wear Makeup After an IPL Photofacial?

It's best to avoid makeup, scented lotion, and any harsh products with fragrances around the skin that has just received an IPL photofacial. You will also be asked to avoid extensive sun exposure and treatments that exfoliate your skin. It will likely feel very sensitive after your photofacial, but this is normal and should abate over the course of a few days.

How Often Can You Get an IPL Photofacial?

This depends on the condition you are treating. The photofacial session will last for about 30-60 minutes and can be administered three to five weeks apart. You will be given instructions on how to care for your skin at home after the photofacial after your session, and you can speak to your practitioner about scheduling your next appointment. Some people will not need additional appointments, while others will opt to return for more aggressive treatment of severe sun damage.

What To Do After IPL Photofacial?

Treat your skin as though you've had a mild to moderate sunburn. It will likely feel (and sometimes appear) inflamed after your photofacial, which is often a sign that it worked the way it should. You can use an ice pack to reduce inflammation, and you should stay away from products that irritate or scrub your skin (such as cleansers that include exfoliating beads). If you have more specific questions about your own skin, speak with your practitioner before or after your appointment about your concerns.

Are IPL Photofacials Safe?

In general, yes. You should always speak with your medical team before undergoing any type of procedure to determine your personal risk factors such as age, skin health, or medical conditions. You may not be ready for an IPL photofacial if you have any of the following factors:

  • • Your skin is extremely sensitive to light
  • • You use a retinoid cream to combat wrinkles or aging
  • • You are unsure of whether you have skin cancer or you have a history of skin cancer
  • • You have a skin disease or a skin resurfacing disorder
  • • You have keloid scars on your face

Is IPL Photofacial Safe for Dark Skin?

If you have very dark skin, most practitioners will caution you against receiving laser treatments or photofacials, and for a very good reason: IPL was created specifically to target age spots and areas of darker pigment. If you have dark skin, the lights or lasers get "confused" and are unable to distinguish an age spot from a healthy area of dark skin. This could result in a face that feels inflamed, or in the worst-case scenario, has permanent damage.

As always, you should speak to your provider to determine whether you're a good candidate for this procedure. If you're not and you still have aesthetic concerns, we can help you find a procedure that's a better match for your skin type. Individuals with very dark skin can often undergo laser-free procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and microneedling with success.

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