IPL Facial Treatment in South Florida

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What is Intense Pulsated Light (I.P.L.) Treatment?

Intense pulsed light, also known as I.P.L., is a safe and effective procedure powered by intense pulsed light. With an IPL facial treatment, physicians are able to achieve amazing results for improving facial wrinkles, rosacea, brown spots, dilated veins, unsightly leg veins, and aging skin.

How IPL Treatments Differ from Other Laser Treatments

Intense pulsed light therapy can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. This device has the capability of interchanging the head piece of the laser depending on the skin condition in order to achieve the desired result. It is typically used on the face, neck, and/or chest to treat facial erythema (redness) and flushing, and to remedy damage caused by sun overexposure. IPL can also help eliminate the redness and flushing of rosacea.

Are IPL treatments safe?

These are very low-risk procedures, as they are completely non-ablative and non-invasive. Unlike laser resurfacing, the light energy is not removing any skin. It is simply penetrating the outer layer and targeting the darker colors of the sun damaged skin and blood vessels beneath the surface. There isn’t any recovery after our IPL photofacials at our five Hollywood Dermatology locations. Your skin may be somewhat red after your session, but that passes in a few hours.

Your skin will be unprotected against sun exposure, however, so you need to be cognizant of that. You’ll have to avoid sun exposure for several days. From there you’ll need to really protect yourself for at least two weeks. It’s always a good idea to protect your skin from the sun anyway. After all, the pigmentation spots you’re having treated developed as a result of sun exposure.

Is an IPL photofacial painful?

When you come to one of our five Hollywood Dermatology locations for your IPL photofacial we provide you with special eyewear to protect your eyes from the light. We then place a cooling gel on the treatment areas to keep your surface skin comfortable. The smooth glass surface of the handpiece is gently applied to your skin and the intense pulses of light are delivered. You will feel something akin to a small rubber band being snapped on your skin with each light pulse, but it is not painful.

When your session is complete, usually in 30-90 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area, we will remove the gel, clean your skin, and apply a moisturizer. For larger treatments, we may apply a cold pack for five to 10 minutes after your session.

How long the procedure can take

These treatments take between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area we are treating.

What do I have to do to prepare for my IPL photofacial?

The main thing you need to do prior to a photofacial is to avoid sun exposure and tanning on the areas to be treated for 4 weeks. This includes applying self-tanner for 2 weeks prior to your session. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for one week before your treatment; same with retinols and glycolic acid exfoliators. We also need to know if you’ve taken Accutane within the past year.

On the day of your IPL photofacial, please don’t apply creams or make-up on the treatment areas.

How does an IPL photofacial work?

At Hollywood Dermatology, our IPL photofacials improve your skin in two ways. First, the light energy penetrates the epidermis layer of the skin (the outer layer) and gently heats the dermis, the skin’s second layer. This triggers the classic “wound healing” response that is behind many skin treatments. When the body senses this heating in the dermis it responds as if it has been wounded by producing new amounts of collagen and sending it to the “wounded” area (even though there is no actual wound). Since collagen provides the skin’s underlying support structure, this firms your skin and reduces lines and wrinkles.

The second photofacial benefit addresses your pigmentation problems such as age spots and wrinkles. The darker cells absorb the IPL energy, and the melanin pigment fragments. The body then absorbs the pigment cells and the spots become less and less visible. With veins, the energy is absorbed by the dark blood, heating the vein. This heating causes the vein wall to collapse and close off the vein. The body then scavenges the vein, and it completely disappears.

What patients can expect following IPL treatments

You will first see a gradual decrease in redness. The treated skin will feel softer and appear more uniform in tone. Fine lines and wrinkles will also improve, along with fading of pigmentation and age spots and a reduction in pore size. Rosacea sufferers will see a marked reduction in breakouts and in some cases may be able to decrease or discontinue their medication.

There is little to no downtime following facial treatment with intense pulsed light (IPL laser), though redness may be seen for a few hours to a few days. Patients may also experience mild flaking as the skin exfoliates for one to two days. Full recovery is typically five days. Treatment only takes 15 to 30 minutes and isn't painful.

How many IPL treatments are needed?

Results improve with each facial treatment and improve gradually over time. Most people require about 5 treatments. Those with more complicated conditions may need more.

Intense Pulsed Light Before & After

How long will my results from my photofacial last?

The changes in your pigmentation problems and blood vessels are permanent. After the IPL energy breaks down the melanin in your sun spots and closes off those small surface blood vessels, your body removes them as waste products. Whether you develop more sun spots and broken surface blood vessels is dependent upon your sun exposure moving forward. More sun exposure will create more sun spots and areas of blotchy pigmentation. But if you take good care of your skin and protect it from the sun, your skin will continue to look good for the long term.

What do I need to do after my photofacial?

Your skin will be pink, as if you have a mild sunburn, for a few hours. A cool compress is a good idea. You can wear make-up to cover any redness.

The main thing after a photofacial is to avoid sun exposure on the treatment areas for 4-6 weeks. This can be a challenge in sunny South Florida, but it’s very important. Your skin will have lost some of its natural defenses by the exposure to the IPL energy, and you need to respect this.

Aspirin, ibuprofen, alcohol, and strenuous exercise will likely cause your skin to flush for a couple days after your session. Avoid harsh topicals such as retinols and glycolic acid products for one week after your session.

Schedule a Client Consultation today!

If you are interested in IPL laser treatment, please use the form on this page to schedule a consultation at Hollywood Dermatology or visit our contact page for information about our South Florida locations. You can also reach us by calling 954.961.1200.

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Hollywood

TEL: 954.961.1200 | FAX: 954.961.1200

3850 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 403
Hollywood, FL 33021

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Pembroke Pines

TEL: 954.433.0455 | FAX: 954.433.0455

9050 Pines Blvd, Suite 200
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

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Hallandale

TEL: 954.456.5050 | FAX: 954.456.5050

1250 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd, Suite 800
Hallandale, FL 33009

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West Miramar

TEL: 954.843.9443 | FAX: 954.843.9443

3000 SW 148th Ave, Suite 250
Miramar, FL 33027

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TEL: 786.272.2500 | FAX: 786.272.2500

3470 NW 82nd Ave, Suite 111
Doral, FL 33122

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