Genetics, chronic sun exposure, and the natural aging process can cause your skin to have brown spots, uneven skin tone, and signs of damage. If you want to look your best by getting an IPL Photofacial at Pristine Med Spa in Ridgecrest, CA, we know that you want to achieve long-lasting results. The good news is that the results from this non-invasive rejuvenating treatment can last for up to 12 months.
How Long Do IPL Photofacial Results Last?
An IPL Photofacial is an intense pulsed light treatment that can improve the appearance of various skin conditions such as rosacea, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. It can also smooth away stretch marks, wrinkles, and fine lines. The typical results of an IPL Photofacial are long-lasting, and you can enjoy beautiful, healthy-looking skin for about a year or more before requiring maintenance treatment.
How the Treatment Works
The treatment uses light-based energy to penetrate the skin. An IPL Photofacial is non-ablative and doesn’t cause direct damage to the surface of the skin. The high-intensity pulses of light from the treatment penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and leave the uppermost layer of the skin unharmed.
During your treatment, intense pulses of light are absorbed by your hemoglobin and melanin. The energy from the treatment breaks down the damaged melanin and excessive pigments in your skin, minimizing the appearance of dark spots and age spots. The nature of this treatment makes it ideal for treating rosacea, hyperpigmentation due to sun damage, and dark spots due to aging.
When Will You See the Results?
The results of an IPL treatment don’t show overnight, and you can expect gradual improvements in your skin within six to eight weeks. Visible changes in your facial skin, such as an improvement in your skin tone, can be seen about a week after the treatment. You may need multiple treatments, spaced about a month apart, to achieve your ideal results.
After getting an IPL treatment, your skin will gradually replace damaged, dead skin cells with newer, healthier ones. This entire process happens about every four weeks. By scheduling your treatments about a month apart, you’ll be able to give your skin enough time to respond to the treatment and return to its healthiest state.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Getting an IPL Photofacial is a convenient, pain-free, and pleasant experience. To start your treatment, we will apply numbing cream to your target areas and provide you with special eyewear to protect your eyes from the intense light.
Once you’re ready, a handpiece that emits pulses of light is placed against your skin. Each treatment session lasts about 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Number of Sessions Required
Within a week or two of your first session, you may notice visible improvements in the appearance of your skin. But if you have more severe issues, you can expect to require multiple sessions to achieve the best results. We will personalize your treatment plan based on the condition of your skin and what your cosmetic goals are.
Areas That Can Be Treated
It’s possible to get IPL treatment on almost any part of your body with sun damage, age spots, wrinkles, and other imperfections. We highly recommend this treatment on areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and chest. Our experts can reduce or reverse the signs of skin damage in these areas. However, we do not recommend this treatment around the eye area.
Is There a Recovery Period?
There’s no downtime or recovery period associated with an IPL treatment. After your session, you can resume your daily activities right away, and you’ll be able to wear makeup and use skin care products as usual.
However, we recommend the following aftercare tips to ensure that your skin looks its best after your treatment:
- Do not use retinoid products
- Avoid exfoliating products
- Use a cold compress for comfort
- Use sunscreen daily
- Minimize sun exposure
- Do not pick your skin
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Because the treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t involve the use of any synthetic substances, you may benefit from an IPL Photofacial as long as you’re in good health. During your initial consultation, our team will determine whether this treatment is suitable for you. If you have mild to moderate blemishes such as dark spots, rosacea, wrinkles, and age spots, you can expect excellent results from this treatment.
Before your IPL treatment, your skin should be in its healthiest state. You should arrive for your treatment session tan-free and without using any scented products. We also recommend that you avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Revitalize Your Appearance
Would you like to minimize your blemishes and achieve long-term results from your treatment? Our team can help! With non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, we can help you achieve glowing, youthful, smooth skin for many months and years to come. To find out more about our treatments, contact Pristine Med Spa in Ridgecrest, CA, and speak with our experts. Our medical spa offers a range of aesthetic treatments in a calm, relaxing, and serene environment.