If you struggle with how your facial skin appears because of dark spots, sun damage, and texture issues, Refine Medical Spa can perform a skin analysis at our Southlake, TX office to determine if you qualify for IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy. A photofacial with IPL is a skin rejuvenation treatment for adult men and women with hyperpigmentation or sun damage on their neck and face. A photofacial may be a noninvasive process; however, it can be highly effective and create great outcomes. Refine Medical Spa uses the Lumenis IPL system with Optimal Pulse Technology, which can safely and effectively address a wide range of skin concerns, such as age spots, sun spots, freckles, birthmarks, rosacea, and broken capillaries. It is a fast and easy treatment with no downtime and stimulates collagen and elastin production. After an IPL treatment, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved tone and less dark spots.
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IPL reaches the deeper layers of your skin to improve several complexion concerns (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no downtime. Candidates for IPL at Refine Medical Spa will have a combination of concerns with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, wrinkles, visible pores, redness, freckles, melasma, sun and age spots, or broken capillaries. During your consultation, we will examine your complexion to determine if you will benefit from an IPL treatment.
IPL is performed at our Southlake, TX office in around 20 – 30 minutes in our minor procedure room if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the process, we will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with special laser shields. The IPL is performed using a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting laser energy pulses. While some patients may have mild discomfort throughout the IPL, it's usually bearable given the short treatment length.
What to Expect
There usually is no downtime needed with an IPL photofacial, but you may leave our office with your complexion a little red and inflamed. This will decrease naturally as the day continues — it may be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Refine Medical Spa advises you keep a cream on the skin's surface to minimize any irritation and promote healing. Over the course of 5 – 7 days, the sun damage and other irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then start to flake away. It is crucial to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after an IPL photofacial and to not pick at your skin. While you will have some visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will attain ideal results with multiple IPL treatments. We generally suggest that most patients get 3 – 6 sessions performed monthly at Refine Medical Spa.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does IPL cost?
IPL treatments are not as costly as other laser peel procedures. However, every patient case is unique, and the cost will be determined by the number of treatments needed to attain the results you are after. Refine Medical Spa offers ongoing specials on various treatments and accepts many forms of payment. During your consultation, your treatment plan will provide a cost estimate and will detail the number of treatments recommended.
How quick are the results from IPL?
After your first IPL treatment, once the redness and swelling have subsided, improvements can be seen quickly, but the best results are usually the most apparent after a full series of treatments. Patients will see a progressive and visible improvement of various aspects of sun damage, including pigmentation, and blotchiness, redness, sunspots, and age spots over time.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
There are mild, temporary side effects associated with IPL similar to most laser treatments. After the treatment, patients will experience mild swelling, redness, crusting, and/or superficial blisters. These minor side effects diminish within days of the treatment. It is very important that sun exposure of any kind be avoided. Patients should always wear sunscreen to protect their newly rejuvenated skin, which will help protect and continue to help decrease the appearance of redness, brown spots, and pigmentation issues.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
Patients who are scheduled for an IPL photofacial treatment do need to take some precaution prior to the procedure. Self-tanning and sun exposure should be eliminated for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. In addition, certain products and medication should be discontinued, such as Retin-A/Renova, minocycline, tetracycline, and doxycycline. You may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen before the procedure to help prevent swelling and inflammation. Between each IPL session, it is very important to protect the treated areas with sunscreen.
Plan Your Procedure
Get Your Glow Back
If your skin is affected by sun damage, such as sun spots, discoloration, and other concerns, an IPL photofacial may be able to help you attain a clearer complexion. We encourage you to find out more about IPL laser treatments by contacting our Southlake, TX office and making an appointment for a skin consultation. With IPL laser treatments at Refine Medical Spa, we can help bring back a bright glow and a clear complexion.