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It’s no secret that most people prefer achieving youthful-looking skin through non-surgical means. No one can avoid the aging process all together, but with the innnovative science and technology of the cosmetic industry, an effective anti-aging solution exists. It’s called IPL.

What Is IPL?

IPL or intense pulsed light, also known as a Photofacial, has proven to be an excellent anti-aging option, when performed by the experts at Skin Refine Medspa this may be a great option for you. An IPL treatment takes about 30 to 90 minutes depending on the size of the area being addressed. This form of light therapy is very versatile as it can precisely target the face, neck, chest, arms, or hands. It’s a safe and suitable treatment for most individuals, and there is little downtime.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL therapy is gentle on the skin. This treatment utilizes a handheld device that emits light energy which passes through the epidermis (top layer of skin) and zeros in on a pigmented or vascular lesion. The many wavelengths emitted during IPL treatment are each designed to target specific concerns as the energy gently heats the cells in the dermis before zapping away sunspots, brown patches, and blotches. IPL’s pulsating light also affects the skin’s fibroblast cells prompting the production of more collagen, which improves texture and fine wrinkles.

IPL Is Used to Treat:

  • Acne and acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken capillaries
  • Brown spots
  • Dyschromia (skin or nail discoloration)
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Redness
  • Rosacea
  • Scarring
  • Sunspots
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Vascular, pigmented lesions

Post-IPL Therapy Care

Following an IPL session, there is minimal downtime, but your skin will feel as if it’s been sunburned. It is normal to see crusting develop on the treated areas, and this should disappear in about 10 days. The treated areas will be sensitive, so avoiding sun exposure and tanning beds is crucial. You will also be advised to avoid products with active ingredients, such as retinol and glycolic acid. Do not wear makeup until a couple of days post-treatment, and remove makeup gently. Do not shower, swim, or use a hot tub for at least 24 hours.

Is IPL a Long-Lasting Solution?

Stanford University researchers conducted a 10-year study on IPL treatments and discovered encouraging information. All it took was two to three of these treatments per year to unlock younger-looking skin for the participants. A decade later, these same individuals noted smoother skin with a more even skin tone that is better than when the participants began the study.

Schedule a Consultation

Skin Refine Medspa in Sunnyvale, CA, offers the finest cosmetic services for enhancing one’s appearance and confidence. If you’re interested in IPL treatments, contact our expert team to schedule a complimentary consultation. Fill out the online contact form, or call us at 408-245-7877.