Northern Virginia IPL Photo Rejuvenation and Photo Facials in Fairfax VA, Manassas VA
WHAT IS AN IPL TREATMENT?
IPL is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of light to improve the appearance of sunspots and freckles, vascular lesions including dilated and broken facial capillaries, persistent facial redness, rosacea and fine lines.
The IPL hand piece delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is different from the narrow band light of other lasers. The surface of the skin is not damaged during this treatment. The light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin untouched. Because of this, the recovery time is very limited following a treatment, leaving you able to resume normal activity that day.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
On average, three to six IPL treatments are recommended, scheduled at three-week intervals. Each person is unique and you, your physician and licensed esthetician will decide on a plan that is best for you.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
Each session generally lasts about 45 minutes, and you can return to your normal activity immediately afterwards.
WHAT WILL MY FACE FEEL LIKE AFTER A SERIES OF IPL’S?
IPL brings about gradual changes over the course of the treatments. After the full course, you can expect to notice improved skin texture, decreased redness, more even skin color, a decrease in visual dilated capillaries and a youthful skin tone.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
With good sun protection and home care, results from a full series of treatments can last up to 1 year. It is important to note that IPL is not intended to substitute for a surgical facelift, ablative skin resurfacing (as in CO2 Resurfacing) or procedures that treat deep wrinkles and sagging skin.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH A TREATMENT?
-Mild discomfort or pain associated with treatment. This may include a stinging sensation or slight burning, especially around the eyes and nose.
-Transient erythema/edema may appear following the treatment.
-Pigmented lesions may appear darker for up to fourteen days following treatment
-A small crust or blister may form, which may take one week to heal
WHO IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR IPL TREATMENTS?
-IPL works best for fair complexions. Darker skin tones may experience increased pigmentation with light therapy
-Current history of cancer
-History of recurrent herpes simplex, systemic lupus or porphyria
-Immunosuppressive disease, including AIDS and HIV, or us of immunosuppressive disease medications
-Recent sun exposure or use of self tanning products