Photofacial

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WHAT IS IPL PHOTOFACIAL?

A photofacial is a skin rejuvenation procedure in which intense pulses of light are utilized to penetrate deep into the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots, redness and hyperpigmentation. IPL photorejuvenation is great for patients struggling with the following skin issues:

  • Sun spots, age spots and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest and other areas of the body.
  • Rosacea, redness and associated flushing of the face.
  • Broken blood vessels of the face, neck and chest.
  • Minor skin texture problems.

HOW DOES PHOTOFACIAL TREATMENT WORK?

During a photofacial procedure, brief pulses of high energy light waves are emitted over the treatment area through a handpiece. This Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is non-ablative, meaning that it does not damage the surface of the skin. These high intensity pulses are instead delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis), where it is absorbed by the darker pigmentation (freckles, sun spots, redness, broken capillaries). The structures that hold the color are heated up, effectively damaging the “sun spot” or blood vessel. The heat shrinks the vessels and dissolves the cells that create the pigment. The pigmented lesions will eventually slough off through the skin’s natural cellular renewal process and broken capillaries will coagulate and eventually be reabsorbed by the body.

IPL photofacial treatment also stimulates new collagen production in the skin, which improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. However, this procedure is primarily used for the removal of brown spots and broken blood vessels. Skin tightening and wrinkle reduction experienced from photofacial treatment is typically very subtle. At the Beau Visage Center in Austin, we offer a range of nonsurgical procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing, and surgical procedures, such as face lifts, for tightening lax skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

HOW MANY PHOTOFACIAL TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

For optimal results, we typically recommend 4 – 6 photofacial treatments performed once every three weeks. IPL treatments are commonly used to treat sun damage and other pigmentation problems. Once the pigmented cells have been heated up and destroyed, they rise to the surface and flake off. This regenerative process can take several weeks, so it is important to wait the appropriate amount of time before having another treatment.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER PHOTOFACIAL TREATMENT?

Since IPL is non-ablative, there is no downtime after photofacial treatment. There can be some minor redness afterwards and a sunburn-like sensation, but this usually resolves within a few hours. Patients are able to return to their normal activities following IPL treatments and can apply makeup immediately after the procedure to cover up any redness.

Over the course of your treatment series, you will see gradual and cumulative improvement with each procedure. After treatment, pigmented spots may initially become darker as they rise to the surface of the skin and begin to flake off. Over the next several days, these darker spots will fall off on their own, leaving you with a more even-toned complexion.

 

SCHEDULE A PHOTOFACIAL CONSULTATION IN AUSTIN

Are you interested in IPL photofacial treatments in Austin? The Beau Visage Center offers skin care analysis and a consultation to assess your skincare needs and recommend the best treatment to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Call (512) 448-4422 now or simply fill out our form to request a photofacial appointment.