How Does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), sometimes called Fotofacial™ or Photofacial, is a light treatment that is similar to laser treatment, although technically it is not a laser. A series of pulses of light energy is delivered to the skin during a treatment session. By adjusting the treatment settings, IPL can be customized to address different skin problems making the treatments very versatile.
At The Face and Body Place, we use the Palomar Starlux™ 500. The Starlux™ is one of the most powerful and versatile IPL machines available. This means results may be seen in fewer sessions than with older IPL technologies. The Palomar Smooth Pulse™ Technology makes this powerful treatment much more comfortable and effective than older devices.
Consultations Are Available Now
The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Kimberly Finder or one of our trusted providers at The Face and Body Place. Simply fill out the form on this page and request a consultation and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation appointment.
Am I a Good Candidate for IPL?
IPL is typically used on the face, neck, and chest to treat facial redness, blood vessels, and flushing. Abnormal pigment from the sun can be improved significantly with IPL treatments, as well as a dull appearance from time and sun. IPL treatments can also help reduce the redness and flushing of rosacea.
How Long Does a Typical Treatment Take?
IPL treatment is remarkably quick! Treatment typically takes 30 to 60 minutes and are well tolerated. To achieve your best results, you’ll usually require 3 to 6 sessions spaced out about one month apart.
What Results Will I See?*
A round of treatment with IPL works remarkably well at treating unwanted redness, blood vessels, flushing and abnormal pigment from the sun. The amount of time it will take to achieve your desired results will vary depending on your unique situation. A consultation with Dr. Finder should help pinpoint how many treatment sessions she anticipates will be needed based on your case.
Is There Any Downtime?
Patients love that there’s no downtime with IPL. You can immediately resume your normal activities, and can even come in for treatment over your lunch break. For the first few hours after each session, you may feel like you have a slight sunburn on your treatment site. Some patients may also experience slight swelling or skin sensitivity for a few days, too. If you experience this, it’s recommended you avoid contact with hot water on your treatment site until your skin heals.
Take the Next Step
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Kimberly Finder, please fill out the form on this page or call The Face and Body Place in San Antonio, TX, at 210-492-3200.
*Individual Results May Vary