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What to Expect From Your IPL Photofacial Treatment

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | October 5th, 2016 | Blog

intense pulsed light technologyIntense pulsed light technology, also known as IPL, allows for targeted activity that can improve the look and tone of your skin without requiring invasive procedures. The use of an IPL treatment lets you treat brown spots, spider veins, facial redness, and other conditions easily and with minimal side effects. Here’s what you can expect from your typical treatment.

 

The Procedure

 
IPL photofacial treatments typically begin with a cool gel being applied to your skin before the photo emitter (which looks kind of like a barcode scanner) is applied. As the light pulses, you will feel a sensation that has been likened to the snapping of a small rubber band. Once completed, the gel will be wiped away and a moisturizer or cooling formula will be applied.

 

How It Works

 
IPL photofacials are used to treat redness, dilated or broken blood vessels, sunspots, age spots, or otherwise brown blotches on the body. What all of these conditions have in common is that they either involve hemoglobin (the red part of a red blood cell) or the pigment melanin. As the pulsed light travels through the skin, it will be absorbed by one of these or the other (depends on setting). This results in the hemoglobin or pigment becoming damaged and fragmented, which is a good thing in this particular case. The damaged vessels or pigment get reabsorbed by the body and the visual impact of their presence (spots, blotches, etc.) is subsequently reduced.
 
Incidentally, IPL treatments are interpreted by the body as a type of minor dermal injury, so it triggers some extra collagen production in response. In this manner, IPL photofacials can help improve skin texture as a side benefit.

 

When Can You Expect Results?

 
It takes a full set of photofacial treatments to see maximum results. This ends up working out to two to four treatments with one being performed every three to six weeks, depending on skin type and the severity of the issue being addressed. As the procedures are performed, you should start to see gradual progress after each treatment. How much your skin improves each time will depend on personal biology as well as the underlying severity of the issue.

 

Expected Side Effects

 
No procedure is without side effects, and IPL photofacials are no different in this regard. Fortunately, the side effects are minor and often short-lived, lasting only a few hours or days at most. The typical consequences of a procedure are some swelling, redness, or increased flushing in the affected areas. If used to treat freckles or spots, it is also possible for some crusting to happen that can last for up to 10 days on average.

 

Get IPL Photofacial Treatments at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic

 
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about how to pursue IPL therapy, and we strive to provide the best photofacial treatments in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.

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