Are you concerned about how your complexion appears with fine lines, dark spots, or sun damage? SkinMD in Hurst and Weatherford, TX can offer you a skin examination to determine if you would benefit from IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy (also known as a photofacial or photorejuvenation). IPL is a nonsurgical skin treatment for adult women and men with hyperpigmentation, scars, or wrinkles on their neck and face. A photofacial with our Advanced Fluorescence Technology or AFT laser at SkinMD can be highly effective and create impressive outcomes. We offer IPL for the intense pulses of light energy that raise the temperature of the skin cells. This will start the skin's natural healing process and increase the production of collagen. In time, you will see a healthier complexion with an improved tone and fewer spots. Schedule a skin assessment to find out more about the benefits of IPL and how you can start the process for treatment and more youthful skin.
A photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to repair several complexion problems (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no recovery time. The best candidates for IPL treatments at SkinMD will have many issues with their skin, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, wrinkles, visible pores, redness, melasma, age spots, or spider veins. One of our providers will examine your skin to determine if you are a candidate during your initial consultation.
An IPL photofacial is completed at our Hurst or Weatherford, TX office in around 20 – 30 minutes in one of our treatment rooms. To prepare you, your IPL provider will wash and dry your skin beforehand and then we will protect your eyes with the placement of special shields on your eyelids. The photofacial is performed using a handheld IPL device that will pass over your skin while emitting light. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the IPL photofacial, it's usually bearable given the fast treatment time (20 minutes).
What to Expect
There usually is no recovery time needed with a photofacial, but you may leave our office with your skin looking a little swollen and pink. This will subside naturally in several hours — the redness may be concealed with cosmetics if you prefer. It may also help to use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling. Over the next 2 – 5 days, the blemishes under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then start to flake away. It is important to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after a photofacial and to not pick at the flaking skin. While you will have some improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will attain ideal results with multiple IPL photofacial treatments. Our providers suggest most patients have 3 – 6 sessions every four weeks at SkinMD.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for my first IPL session?
There really is not much to do except avoid tanning beds and overexposure to the sun. At your consultation, we will discuss what medications you are taking. There are some medications you may have to discontinue until after the IPL treatment (minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova).
How many sessions do I need?
Your skin will gradually look better throughout a full series of IPL sessions. The progression will look natural but still improve after every session.
What are the likely side effects of IPL?
You might feel like you have a mild sunburn after an IPL session. You may see some swelling, redness, bruising, or blistering of the skin. These side effects are temporary. It is important to protect your skin from sun exposure at all times after your IPL treatments.
Get Your Glow Back
Even if you didn't think much about your skin's health when you were young, it may really matter to you now. Skin damage such as wrinkles, sun spots, and other issues that are becoming visible, may need procedures that can correct your skin to look healthier and younger again. We encourage you to find out more about IPL photofacial treatments by contacting our Hurst or Weatherford, TX office to make an appointment for a skin assessment. With IPL photofacial treatments at SkinMD, we can reach the deeper layers of skin to help restore your radiant glow and healthy complexion.