Improve Pigmentation & Skin Tone
Photofacials are treatments that use intense pulsed light to correct discolorations in the skin. Photofacials are great for evening the skin tone! They target the red and brown pigmentation in the skin. Photofacials can be performed anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face, neck, decollete, and hands.
Photofacials are best for:
How many treatments will I need?
While this depends on each individual, many will need at least 2 treatments, some requiring 3-5 treatments. Multiple treatments are recommended to be scheduled one month apart. IPL Photofacials also pair very well chemical peels and our Micropen!
Is it painful?
There is some discomfort, feeling like a rubber-band snap with a flash of bright light. You can request numbing cream to help make the treatment more comfortable.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Your skin will be a little red and flushed which usually lasts a couple hours after you treatment. You may also experience a sunburn-like sensation. Any brown spots will look immediately darker and become even darker over the next day or two, almost like coffee grounds on the skin. Most of the redness will dissipates by the next day. In 3 to 4 days after the treatment the dark brown will start to flake off. By 7 to 10 days after the treatment, the skin will be done flaking and a more even toned, brighter complexion can be noticed!
What to do before my IPL Photofacial:
Ensure that you've had little sun exposure 2 weeks before.
No tanning (sun or self-tanner) 2 weeks before.
Cannot be done on compromised skin (sunburned/wind burned skin, active rashes, etc.).
Discontinue all exfoliating products 5-7 days before. This includes scrubs, cleansing brushes, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol derivatives, topical acne treatments, etc.
What to do after my IPL Photofacial:
Keep your skin cool! Use a fan, cold wet washcloth, ice pack if needed.
Don't worry about doing a skin care routine that same night, you can go right to sleep! Start your simple and gentle routine the next morning.
Keep your skin care routine very simple and gentle for 5 days- Gentle Cleanser, Basic Moisturizer, and SPF.
Also discontinue any corrective or active serums/moisturizers- vitamin C, Retinol derivatives, acne treatments, etc for 5-7 days.
Avoid vigorous physical activity, pools, saunas, hot tubs for 48hrs.
Absolutely no picking, pulling of peeling skin, or scratching!
SPF 30 or greater EVERY morning.
You may wear makeup the next day, but if you can, be foundation-free for 2 days.
*Please note that you need to wait 1 week after facial waxing before getting an IPL Photofacial. You must also wait 2 weeks after an IPL Photofacial to get waxed.
*Give 1 week before and after Botox/Filler injections for this treatment.