IPL Photofacial in Granite Bay

Sunshine. We couldn’t live without it, but unfortunately too much of it can wreak havoc on our complexion in the form of dark spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation and fine lines. While excellent daily skin care can help prevent or postpone these blemishes, for many of us the damage is done.

Lucky for us, IPL photorejuvenation can help. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a special laser-like treatment that can reduce pigmentation irregularities and boost collagen production, helping your complexion appear smoother, clearer and more balanced.

How IPL works to improve skin tone and texture

Often called a “photofacial” because it uses light to resurface the skin, IPL treatments deliver intensely focused light energy wavelengths beneath the skin’s surface, enacting two desired changes:

  • Targeted light energy absorbs brown and red pigments in the skin (think age spots, melasma, etc.)
  • The heat generated triggers collagen production for firmer skin and fewer fine lines

IPL is non-ablative (it doesn’t burn away layers of skin during treatment), requires little to no downtime, and can be used on the face, hands or body.

What can an IPL photofacial treat?

IPL excels at treating discoloration. It’s also a great minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate skin. We’ll often recommend IPL to treat:

  • Sun damage & freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Vascular lesions
  • Large pores
  • Fine lines

Contact us to schedule a skincare consultation & evaluation

What to expect with IPL in Granite Bay

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IPL is performed during a regular office visit to our medical spa. Arrive without makeup. We’ll provide protective goggles to shield your eyes from the brief but bright pulses of light during treatment, and apply a topical cooling gel to protect your skin and enhance your comfort.

Treatment takes about 45 minutes, depending on the patient and treatment area. You’ll feel a “snapping” sensation with each pulse; most patients find this annoying but tolerable.

After treatment, your skin will appear slightly red and may feel a bit tender, much like a mild sunburn. Treated areas are also very sensitive to the sun, so you will need to keep the area covered and apply broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen before going outdoors.

Improvements are noticeable within a week or two of treatment. Depending on the nature and severity of your skin issue, you may need a series of up to 6 treatments to achieve your desired results. We may also recommend combining IPL treatments with another procedure or at-home skin care regime to maximize your results.

Although nothing can stop the natural aging process, IPL can achieve improvements in skin tone and appearance that last for years.

Is IPL safe for dark skin?

Because IPL treats pigment in the skin, it may not be suitable for darker skin to treat all issues. That said, whether IPL (or any other skin resurfacing procedure) is safe or appropriate for any patient depends largely on his or her goals and concerns. That’s why it’s essential to consult with an experienced, highly-trained skin care professional before undergoing any skin treatment. Dr. Clark and our staff work together to ensure every patient receives safe, effective treatment for her concerns.

A good place to start? Contact our office for a personal consultation.