Photofacial/IPL Q & A


A photofacial/IPL is a safe, non-invasive procedure to rid your skin of sun damage (brown spots), broken capillaries (red spots) and fine lines to achieve smoother, softer skin with a uniform appearance. Optimal results may require multiple treatments.

Cold Sores: If you have a history of cold sores, ask us about pre-care instructions as the IPL can provoke an outbreak.

Avoid Sun for 4-6 weeks before treatment: Tan skin cannot be treated with a photofacial/IPL device as you risk burning the skin. Therefore, please take special care to avoid the sun and tanning beds on the area to be treated for 4-6 weeks before treatment. Wear broad-spectrum sun protection with at least SPF 30 on any exposed area every day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do photofacial/IPL treatments work?

A: THe IPL Photofacial uses a broad spectrum of visible light to target the lower layers of the epidermis causing the skin to produce new collagen, which makes the skin surface smoother, reverses brown spots caused by sun damage and red spots caused by unwanted spider veins.

Q: How many photofacial/IPL treatments are recommended for optimal results?

A: Your skin, genetic make-up, lifestyle and personal history are unique. They all contribute to how your skin looks and feels. For most people, maximum results are realized in 3-5 sessions that are usually spaced 2-6 weeks apart. We can develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Q: How much social downtime is required?

A: None, you can go back to work and apply makeup immediately following the treatment.

Q: Can photofacial/IPL be used in delicate areas on the body?

A: Yes, IPL is commonly used and is safe and effective on delicate skin areas such as the neck, chest, and hands, in addition to the face.

Q: What are the benefits of photofacial/IPL treatment?

A: Benefits include smoother, softer skin with a more uniform appearance, as well as a reduction of sun damage (brown spots), broken capillaries and fine lines.

Q: Does photofacial/IPL treatment hurt?

A: Topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort. The treatment itself can be compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin along with a feeling of heat. After the treatment, most patients report tingling sensation similar to having received too much sun. This sensation usually disappears after 1-3 hours.