Learn More About IPL Photofacials
Age spots, sun spots, fine lines, and wrinkles are all normal parts of the aging process. This is especially true for patients in the Brandon and Riverview, FL area, where sun exposure over time causes damage and aging to the skin. An IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial effectively reduces excess pigmentation, brown spots, and wrinkles without requiring any surgery. This treatment has been in use for many years and is now available to Dr. Shienbaum’s Brandon Plastic Surgery patients.
An IPL Photofacial, which may also be referred to as a “Fotofacial,” is a non-surgical procedure that reverses signs of aging and sun damage in the skin. IPL works by exposing the skin to intense, rapid flashes of light, similar to a photo flash. This generates heat within pigment cells, ultimately destroying them. However, this heat energy only affects the second layer of the skin, or dermis, meaning that the surface of the skin is not damaged whatsoever by IPL treatment. Patients choose IPL to treat pigmentation issues such as sunspots, unwanted freckles, acne scars, brown spots, melasma, and rosacea.
In addition to resolving pigmentation issues, IPL Photofacials encourage new collagen production. This means that the skin develops improved elasticity and firmness. Ultimately, IPL Photofacial patients will see more even, firm, and youthful skin with fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
The first step in an IPL Photofacial is to thoroughly cleanse the skin before applying a cooling gel to the treatment area. The IPL device is then used to direct light pulses to the skin. These pulses may feel like a slight sting or snap, which are generally well-tolerated by patients. IPL treatment takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Most patients have multiple treatment sessions to achieve their ideal results. An average IPL treatment involves between three and six sessions, each spaced a month apart. A plan for your IPL Photofacial treatment will be determined after a thorough consultation with Dr. Shienbaum.
Following your Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial, you can expect some redness and sensitivity in the treatment area, but will also be able to return to your normal routine without any downtime. Some slight swelling is also normal. You should avoid sun exposure and hot water as much as possible while you heal.
Virtually any patient in the Brandon or Riverview, FL area who is interested in reducing signs of aging or achieving a more even skin tone can benefit from IPL photofacials. However, patients who are prone to keloid scarring or have darker skin tones may not be suited to the treatment. You should also be sure to tell Dr. Shienbaum if you have inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or acne, as these can affect healing after an IPL Photofacial.