An IPL treatment (or photofacial) is a laser treatment that uses pulsed light therapy to improve the skin’s appearance. A photofacial in Frederick, MD, using our Palomar StarLux laser, is a comfortable and effective option to improve your skin tone. PhotoFacials can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions:
- Sun Damage: Wide areas of pigmentation on the face and neck.
- Sunspots: Pigmented lesions, also known as age spots.
- Rosacea: General inflammation of the cheeks and face.
- Spider Veins: Individual vessels which can be red, blue, or purple in color.
IPL treatments with Maryland cosmetic surgeon Dr. Will are quick and effective, with little-to-no downtime. After your treatment, you can return to work or other regular activities immediately.
The Process for IPL PhotoFacial in Frederick
A handpiece will be moved over the treated areas, filtering light to target blood vessels and pigmented lesions. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments for a variety of skin conditions. You will notice a flashing light, audible tone and a mild sensation on your skin when the handpiece is active. You may experience a feeling similar to that of a rubber band being snapped on the skin, but most patients find that this sensation is not painful. It is typical to have a few visits to treat conditions such as sunspots, rosacea and vessels.
Following Your IPL Laser Treatment
After your photofacial, you will most likely experience a mild sunburn sensation. Occasionally, this may be accompanied by minor swelling. When present, swelling and sensation usually last 2-24 hours, and a cold gel or ice pack can be used to soothe the area.
Depending on the skin condition treated, you will often see results within 1-2 weeks:
- Sunspots/Sun Damage: The sunspots will darken after treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within 1-2 weeks.
- Rosacea: Skin tone will typically benefit from less pronounced redness within a week after treatments.
- Spider Veins: Vessels may disappear after treatment or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10-14 days.