Photorejuvenation (IPL, or intense pulsed light) therapy is a non-invasive treatment that reduces hyperpigmentation such as sun damage or dark spots as well as melasma, texture, broken capillaries, and pore size. We use the Alma Harmony XL laser to send intense wavelengths of light that heat the skin just enough to ignite the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. Over time, you should see a healthier complexion with a more even tone and less dark spots.
This is suitable for all ages, but for only certain skin types. IPL works deep within the layers of your skin to improve many complexion concerns, especially sun spots and brown lesions with little to no downtime. The ideal candidate has a combination of concerns with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, melasma, age and sun spots, or broken capillaries. A trained and experienced professional will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for IPL at your consultation.
IPL treatment typically lasts for about 20 – 30 minutes. To start the IPL facial, we will clean and dry your skin. Your eyes will be covered with special laser shields. The IPL is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While the patient may feel some discomfort, it is generally tolerable for the short duration of the IPL treatment.
What to Expect
There is little to no downtime associated with an IPL photorejuvenation treatment, but you may leave your appointment with your skin a little swollen and red. This will decrease on its own as the day continues — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. The Healthcare Gallery & Wellness Spa advises patients to keep an ointment on the skin's surface to decrease inflammation and speed healing. It also helps to take an anti-inflammatory medication to help decrease swelling. Over the course of several days, the sun damage and other irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's important to keep your skin protected from the sun, by avoiding a sun, or using a sun block at all times after an IPL photorejuvenation treatment. While you should see some visible results after the first session, your skin will reach its optimal results after several IPL sessions. We recommend approximately 3 – 6 treatments performed about four weeks apart.