FAQs Intense Pulse Light Therapy

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What is an IPL?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is a laser light treatment using photothermolysis that targets pigment issues, such as dark or brown spots, age spots, rosacea, and red spots, spider veins to name a few.  

Is there required Pre-treatment?

Avoid direct, excessive sun exposure or tanning one month prior to treatment.

What Should I expect during an IPL photofacial?

During treatment there will be a bright flash of light from the Lumecca® that feels like a light elastic sensation. Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subsides within an hour. 


Over the. next 24-48 hours you may see a darkening of pigmented spots; in the week afterwards the pigmented lesions flake off, leading to an evening out of skin tone. After treating vascular lesions you may see the vein blanch and disappear or a color change in the vessel which dissipates after a few days.

How many sessions are required

An improved skin appearance can be noted after the first session. Multiple sessions provide even better results. Treatment regime depends on the severity of skin damage,
skin type, type of treatment (vascular vs sun damage) and energy settings.

How quickly will I see results?

Sun damage and skin complexion results can be seen a few days after the first session. The skin will continue to look younger and more brilliant over time with most visible results after 1-2 weeks. Having multiple photofacial sessions will improve the final result. For vascular treatments such as facial telangiectasias, results can be seen in up to 2 weeks.

Are there any side effects?

Most patients do not experience any side effects and any skin reaction usually resolves within a few hours. Patients may find they are sensitive to sunlight immediately after treatment. It is recommended to avoid direct sunlight and tanning.

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