Does IPL Photofacial hurt?
Mesotherapy is a well-tolerated treatment. A cooling ultrasound gel is used prior to treatment in order to protect the skin from heat produced by the light and ensure a comfortable, pain-free procedure. Most patients describe IPL Photofacials to like a gentle snap of an elastic band against the skin.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the initial skin condition of the patient and their skin's response to the treatment. Typically, a series of 3- 6 treatments are recommended for best results.
How should I prepare for my IPL treatment?
We recommend patients to temporarily discontinue any retinol, retinoids, vit A creams, AHA or BHA exfoliants 7 days prior to the treatment. Avoid tanning beds or unprotected exposure to the sun 7 - 10 days prior. Additionally avoid any blood thinning medications or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), Gingko Biloba, or Ginseng 48 - 72 hrs prior to treatment. This will help minimize any bruising after the procedure. Protection of the skin again UV radiation immediately after treatment is very important to avoid any post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Does IPL involve any downtime?
IPL Photofacials involve little to no downtime. Most patients experience slight flushing of the skin immediately post treatment, which should resolve within 24 hours without any intervention. Temporary darkening of freckles and brown spots after each treatment is normal, and should resolve within a few days.