The IPL photofacial is an effective skin treatment that results in the reduction of a number of blemishes and skin issues. It only takes five to thirty minutes to perform and requires little to no downtime for the majority of patients, making it quite convenient.
In this procedure, focused pulses of light are harnessed to harmlessly penetrate the skin. This triggers photorejuvenation, a process involving constriction of the collagen and blood vessels located below the epidermis.
Good Candidates for an IPL Photofacial at Houston Oculofacial
Anyone suffering from sun-damaged, discolored, or blotchy skin can benefit from an IPL photofacial. Enlarged pores, freckles, and wrinkles can also be treated with this procedure. People suffering from rosacea can enjoy clearer skin after undergoing an IPL photofacial.
Patients with more severe issues such as harsh age lines and deep acne scars do not make great candidates for an IPL photofacial, since more aggressive treatments are necessary to correct these issues.
Most skin types are compatible with an IPL photofacial treatment. Realistic expectations and goals should be held by the candidate.
What Happens During an IPL Photofacial Treatment from Dr. Sami?
Patients must wear protective eyewear before the IPL photofacial treatment starts. This is because bright flashes of light are used regularly during the treatment. It will also be necessary to cleanse the skin of all cosmetic products beforehand.
After this, a cool gel is spread over the targeted areas so that the handpiece is lubricated. The gel also cools the epidermis while the patient is undergoing treatment.
The handpiece is then passed over the treatment regions as pulses of light are used to target the skin tissues. Most patients report a warm feeling during the IPL photofacial procedure. Some patients report it feeling like a light snap from a rubber band. The number of pulses applied depends on how large the area being treated is.
After Your Treatment
After the IPL photofacial, Dr. Sami might ice down the treatment area in order to help numb any minor discomfort felt during the procedure. Most of the time, this isn’t necessary, because the photofacial treatment involves almost no discomfort. In most cases, any temporary minor redness and swelling that occurs after the treatment will disappear quickly.
Part of protecting your treated skin after the procedure is using sunscreen with the right SPF. Sticking with at least 45 SPF is ideal. It’s also important to be wary of prolonged sun exposure.
The benefits are seen in the weeks to come after the treatment as the skin tissues experience natural rejuvenation and healing. In most cases, only one to three IPL photofacial treatment sessions will be required. It’s best to wait three to four weeks between each treatment session.
Setting Up Your Consultation at Houston Oculofacial
If you’re curious about the IPL photofacial and want to learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mirwat Sami, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She will be able to answer any questions that you might have about the treatment.