Intense Pulsed Light, also known as photofacial, is a precision light generator that minimizes skin discolorations associated with accumulated skin damage and age spots on the face and/or chest. Photofacials also help reduce the look of vascular problems such as rosacea while leaving the surface of the skin unharmed.

Photofacials use intense pulsed light which is filtered and programmed to seek certain colors, either reds (i.e. rosacea, broken capillaries or red spots,) or browns (i.e. uneven pigmentation and brown spots), or both, and selectively destroy them. This helps reduce unwanted discoloration and flushing.

IPL Treatments are performed in a series of three to five treatments, usually spaced three weeks apart. Nancy Honsa, NP will assess your skin and determine the best treatment plan to achieve your goals during a consultation. Nancy may also recommend medical grade skin care products to help you achieve optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions

The procedure typically takes half an hour for the face and is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Your eyes will be protected with safety glasses. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic. You will feel a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas.

You can resume most normal activities immediately following treatment as long as you wear a broad spectrum SPF and take care to stay away from the sun. You will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure until completely healed. Fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.

Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red and mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Makeup can be applied to cover the redness. Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade.

IPL Treatments are performed in a series of 3-5 treatments usually spaced three weeks apart. However, some patients notice improvement in decreased diffuse redness within one to three weeks after the first treatment. By the end of the series of photofacial treatments the appearance of hyperpigmentation and redness are dramatically reduced and most people report a more uniform and even skin tone.

New brown spots, telangiectasia and diffuse redness may appear with new sun damage; however they too can be treated. Remember to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffuse redness. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be “cured” with an laser or light source, however its appearance can be improved.

The best IPL candidates are men and women with light skin (Fitzpatrick Scale I-IV) whose skin shows signs of photodamage and hyperpigmentation. IPL is not appropriate for patients whose skin is tan.

If you’re interested in finding out whether IPL is right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation with Nancy Honsa, NP. During your consultation, Nancy will assess your skin and determine the best treatment plan to achieve your goals. Nancy may also recommend medical grade skin care products to give you the best results possible.

$500/treatment. The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient, and Nancy will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire.


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