What is an IPL Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation Treatment?

“IPL”  in the IPL Photofacial skin rejuvenation treatment (also known as simply a Photofacial) stands for intense pulsed light and is a non invasive, non ablative skin treatment that is used to treat many skin problems on the face and neck. IPL Photofacial treatments use intense pulsed light to target the blood vessels and pigment in order to reduce the appearance of sunspots (liver spots), telangiectasias (spider veins), enlarged pores, Rosacea, broken capillaries, wrinkles, acne, unwanted hair, and sun damage. The procedure creates tightening of the skin, while softening the skin’s texture and creating a more youthful appearance.

 

Our experienced medical professionals at Revital-AZ are proud to be one of the first laser treatment centers in the U.S. to utilize the cutting-edge IPL laser technology developed by Sensus Healthcare. Our Sensus IPL laser system is one of the newest tools used to achieve healthier, younger, smoother and more voluminous looking skin for our Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, and surrounding Phoenix area clients.

For more information please contact one of our compassionate medical professionals, Dr. Biliack (M.D.), or Rosie Andaverde (R.N.)., or schedule a free consultation today.  

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IPL Photofacial  treatments are most commonly used for:

  • Removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, “liver spots” and brown blemishes on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body
  • Lightening and reducing redness, Rosacea, dilated blood vessels, “broken”, blood vessels, and  “spider veins” on the face, neck and chest
  • Reducing flushing
  • Improving skin texture through collagen stimulation, and improving pore size which may help to reduce oiliness of the skin as well.

How does an IPL Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation Treatment work?

Our Revital-AZ IPL Photofacial works by sending strong pulses of light into the skin. There are different types of IPL Photofacial treatments to target and repair different types of damage and blemishes. The specific treatment for your individual needs will be recommended when you consult with Dr. Biliack M.D., and Rosie Andaverde R.N.

 

IPL sends light through a crystal and into the skin to target the undesirable tissue, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The precisely targeted light warms the skin cells to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, as well as collagen growth within the skin. The IPL Photofacial procedure is effective on both the surface of the skin as well as the tissues beneath it.  The light is only absorbed by the colors of the undesirable blemishes on the skin, while the surrounding healthy and uncolored tissue nearby remains unaffected. This process is more gentle and gradual than many other traditional laser therapies.

How often do I need IPL Photofacial treatments

The frequency of IPL treatments that are required depend on the type and severity of the targeted skin condition.  Patients commonly achieve the desired results after 3 treatments, however severe sun damage and chronic skin conditions, such as Rosacea, may require additional treatments.  We typically perform 1 treatment each month, for a total of 3 to 6 treatments. Patients can expect to see improvements after each treatment.  

How do Photocials feel, and how long do they take?

Patients may feel mild discomfort during the treatment, often described as a “pinch” or “snapping” feeling.  These sensations last for just fractions of a second at a time, followed by a tingling or warmth sensation briefly afterward.  The treatments typically get more comfortable with each subsequent treatment, as your skin continues to improve and clear following each treatment.  Treatments usually take 30-90 minutes.

What are the side effects and the recovery time?

Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities the same day as the procedure. Side effects include short lasting discomfort and redness immediately after the treatment. Patients should avoid exposure to sunlight before and after the treatments, and apply sunscreen with a SPF rating of 30 or higher daily.