IPL Facial Overview
Dr. Vallecillos utilizes the Lumenis One IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, as an alternative to intense laser therapy for the treatment of pigment discolorations and imperfections such as broken capillaries, rosacea, sun damage, brown spots, enlarged pores, and age-associated loss of skin tone and elasticity. Unlike lasers, which emit one specific wavelength of light, the Lumenis IPL applies a broad spectrum of visible and near-infrared light to the skin. The light, which wavelength selection is geared towards the patient’s specific needs, then acts on the tissue, being targeted to either the blood vessels, in the case of vascular lesions, or the melanin, in the case of pigmented lesions. The body’s natural healing process removes the affected tissue, allowing the skin to rejuvenate itself for a healthier, more youthful appearance.
It is important to note that IPL is not effective on wrinkles, sagging skin, and melasma.
- Preparation: To prepare for the Lumenis IPL treatment, you should avoid exposure to the sun for several weeks before the procedure, as the pigmentation of a tan can interfere with the treatment. Additionally, Doctor Vallecillos may recommend the patient go on a skincare regimen with a short-course bleaching treatment followed by a maintenance program.
- Anesthesia: Although anesthesia is not required, a topical numbing cream will be applied, sometimes followed by a cooling gel.
- The IPL is applied to the area(s) to be treated. Each session lasts around 30 minutes, though this will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated.
IPL can be used to treat the following skin conditions:
- Chronic facial redness
- Dilated blood vessels
- Liver spots
- Brown skin discoloration
- Sun damage
IPL Facial FAQs
What is the Recovery Time of IPL Facial?
You should consider Lumenis IPL therapy if you suffer from skin discolorations and imperfections such as chronic facial redness, visible blood vessels, sun damage, and brown spots on the face, neck, chest, and/or hands.
What is the recovery time for the Lumenis IPL?
There is minimal to no downtime with IPL treatments, and patients are able to apply makeup directly following the procedure and immediately return to normal activities. It is important to use a high SPF sunscreen on all treated areas following the procedure.
Are there risks or side effects with Lumenis IPL?
You should expect some temporary redness and in some cases slight bruising, though these will quickly disappear. IPL treatments carry very little risk and minimal side effects.
How long do the results last?
Dr. Vallecillos typically recommends an initial package of 3-5 photorejuvenation treatments. The procedures are performed at 3-4 week intervals. This generally produces marked improvements in the appearance of the skin, with low risk. Once a baseline is established, maintenance treatments may be recommended for optimal results. Most patients should undergo treatments every 4-6 months thereafter to maintain optimal results.
Doctor Vallecillos may suggest an ancillary skincare regimen to optimize results. For example, an alpha hydroxy acid skin peel may be recommended at two weeks following the ‘photofacial’ procedure. This acts to clear the skin by increasing cell turnover of remaining skin debris not removed by simple exfoliation. The result is improved skin tone and greater confluence. Other ancillary skincare procedures may include a bleaching regimen, initiation of Retinol and pharmaceautical-grade Vitamin C cream.
Remember, IPL will not improve wrinkles or tighten skin.