What is an IPL Photofacial?

Photorejuvenation, or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, can help improve the appearance of some of the most common skin concerns. The light energy is drawn to pigment, therefore making it a great option for treating skin issues associated with hyper-pigmentation such as acne, sun damage, melasma, or stretch marks.

How Does an IPL Photofacial Work?

IPL Photofacials use a unique technique known as pulsed light therapy to treat a variety of skin pigmentation issues. IPL technology directs intense light onto the parts of the skin you are concerned with. You will be provided with an eye mask to protect your eyes from the light, and your doctor will use a laser machine with a special hand piece with a glass or laser surface.

This apparatus is pressed to the problematic areas of the face or body and emits a light that heats up collagen under the skin. This encourages the body to produce more collagen and speed up the healing process. Enhanced collagen production can soften fine lines or wrinkles on the face as well as acne scarring. IPL photofacials also reduce redness for a more even tone. This procedure may cause some discomfort, especially in areas of darker pigment.  A common comparison is the feeling to a rubber band being snapped against the skin.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Photofacial?

If skin issues that result in pigmentation have been a long-time concern, a series of IPL photofacial treatments may be a great choice for you. IPL treatments are particularly great in treating the following skin concerns:

  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines
  • Textural issues – large pores and acne scars
  • Age and sun spots
  • Broken capillaries
  • Stretch marks

IPL Photofacials at MetroMD

If you are looking for a long-lasting skin treatment with the ability to correct pigmentation, an IPL Laser treatment might be a great option for you. Contact MetroMD today for more information about the different laser treatment options. The professionals at MetroMD are ready to help you find a customized skin renewal plan just for you.