IPL Photofacial: A Gentle Way to Rejuvenate Your Skin
Without the right precautions, environmental factors and ultraviolet rays can take a significant toll on your skin. Sun damage, the natural aging process, and genetics can lead to imperfections like lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and redness. Traditional over-the-counter treatments and topical products can improve minor blemishes, but often fail to achieve comprehensive results for more serious skin concerns. Other anti-aging treatments, like laser therapy, can allow your doctor to improve your skin's appearance, but can potentially result in negative side effects. Fortunately, Dr. Kenneth Smart offers a gentle and effective solution with the intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial. This non-invasive procedure uses light — rather than laser therapy — to effectively address common skin imperfections, like discoloration and broken capillaries, for a more attractive and even complexion. To learn more about the benefits of an IPL photofacial at our Frisco, TX, practice, reach out to us today and schedule a consultation.
IPL Photofacial Candidates
An IPL photofacial is a safe and comfortable procedure used to restore a complexion that is compromised by rosacea, wrinkling, or other imperfections. This type of treatment is especially beneficial to patients who have spent extensive time outdoors and have likely developed sunspots and other types of skin damage. An IPL photofacial can minimize or entirely eliminate several common skin concerns including:
- Sun spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Unwanted freckles
- Broken capillaries
- Enlarged pores
- Redness, often a result of rosacea
If you are unhappy with the appearance or texture of skin on your face, neck, chest, or hands, you may be a candidate for an IPL photofacial.
What to Expect During Treatment
Although photofacial treatment is generally considered to be very comfortable, your doctor or technician may provide a topical anesthetic to minimize any potential discomfort. During the procedure, we will gently guide a handheld device over the treatment area. This specialized device precisely delivers pulses of light, increasing the skin's production of collagen for a smoother, suppler appearance. The entire procedure can be completed in as little as 15-30 minutes. For many patients, Dr. Smart will recommend return visits to complete a series of four to six treatments, each spaced roughly three weeks apart.
Recovery and Aftercare
An IPL photofacial requires very little recovery time, if any at all. And since the procedure uses light, it does not have many of the potential side effects that are associated with other cosmetic skin treatments. With an IPL photofacial, you are not likely to experience significant skin peeling that can often occur after a laser procedure. For the first few hours after leaving the office, the treated skin may appear slightly pink, but you should typically be able to return to work and resume normal activities. In very few cases, patients will experience mild stinging or itching, but this should subside after a few hours. Dr. Smart recommends that patients apply sunscreen to the treatment area throughout the healing process in order to prevent irritation.
Schedule Your Appointment
After only a few brief sessions, IPL photofacials can help patients dramatically improve their complexions and confidence. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.