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5 Reasons You Need an IPL Photofacial

Figuring out the world of skincare can be a hard feat. New products, treatments, and supplements are always changing and there’s always new ones on the rise to try. It would be very expensive in money and time to test out all potential products. Luckily we’re here to help you out! We’ve sifted through the market and have brought forth the most effective skin rejuvenating technology out there. Introducing: the IPL photofacial! Also known as the Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial. At Balshi Dermatology, we have an experienced staff ready to help you find the most cutting edge tools that will help you get to your goals. Because we are here to help you feel your best!

If you have been considering an IPL photofacial or maybe just want to learn a little more, here are a few things to think about:

What conditions do an IPL photofacial treat?

  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Spider and facial veins
  • Freckles
  • Inflammation
  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Redness

Benefits of an IPL Photofacial

For a deeper dive into IPL photofacials, here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this treatment:

1. Increased collagen production

IPL photofacials use light energy to stimulate fibroblasts. This increases collagen production in the skin. Collagen is the number one protein that is responsible for supporting the skin. As we age, collagen production starts to slow down. This is the cause for fine lines and wrinkles. 

New collagen can help support and firm your skin from underneath to create a smoother, more youthful surface.

2. No more age spots

As we get older, sun damage on the more exposed parts of our bodies starts to turn to discoloration. You’ll notice these spots on visible areas like the neck, chest, hands, and face. These dark spots are a collection of melanin in the skin that become more prominent as we get older. 

IPL photofacials can help to clear these age spots from the skin. The light energy is directed to the cluster of pigment and helps to break up the hyperpigmentation.

Sun spots can be removed permanently and normally don’t return; however, new spots may appear in sun-damaged skin prior to treatment as we age. People that freckle easily may also continue to get more sun spots as they age. Other spots like birthmarks may need continual treatment to be removed more permanently. 

Sun spots can be prevented by wearing SPF 30+ sunscreen and limiting your sun exposure. Avoid sun bathing and make sure you’re reasonably protected from strong sunlight and UV rays. 

3. It helps you control acne

This treatment is ideal for people constantly dealing with acne. The IPL photofacial laser treats and alleviates inflammation that acne causes. It also helps to shrink pores. This keeps most dirt and bacteria out of your skin that causes most breakouts.

4. Bye-bye redness and facial veins

If you deal with redness, rosacea, and/or tiny spider veins, an IPL photofacial can help you! Much like acne and age spots, the IPL lasers target and destroy the veins. This makes your skin lighter, brighter and less red. The laser gently penetrates each layer of skin to erase imperfections through and through.

5. Long-lasting results

Although an IPL photofacial consists of several treatments, your results will settle in slowly and remain permanent for the near future. As skin and sun exposure catch up over the longer course, maintenance will be necessary to keep skin refreshed. 

However, an IPL photofacial uses the body’s own resources to rebuild healthy skin. Maintaining that is easy with avoiding sun exposure and staying hydrated!

When the time comes, simply call to set up a follow-up treatment.

Does an IPL photofacial hurt?

The IPL lasers emit a painless light that travels through the top layer of the skin all the way to the dermis (the second layer under the epidermis) layer. Prior to treatment, you may receive a topical gel that keeps the skin more comfortable while in treatment. The procedure itself is described to feel like a slight snapping sensation. Any level of discomfort only lasts a short while. 

It’s common that a procedure can be complete in just 30 minutes time with no recovery after treatment! Technically speaking, you could get it done over your lunch break and return to your regular schedule  immediately after. Some patients have noted that they see results right away! Keep in mind that every person and their results can vary depending on skin type, skin condition, and how many treatments they have scheduled prior, if any at all. 

Great for men and women, this quick procedure (usually a series of treatments typically 3 to 6) with no downtime is guaranteed to make you feel youthful and rejuvenated! You can make an appointment for almost anywhere on the body and go right back to your day!

When do you see results of an IPL Photofacial?

It’s common that after your first treatment, you should see and feel smoother skin. The skin will continue to go into the exfoliation process and serious issues like age spots start to darken and ride to the surface of your skin. They will become darker until they die off and fall away from the skin entirely. If you have wrinkles, fine lines, or large pores, you may feel and see a tighter look while everything slowly shrinks in size. 

Because each patient’s skin and their skin needs vary, results will too. For the best results, follow your prescribed plan from your physician. 

Most patients start around the face and gradually find other areas they’d like to spruce up! Other problem areas like the chest, shoulders, and neck can also be treated with IPL photofacial lasers.

Talk to your doctors about the best laser options for your IPL needs. Call Dr. Balshi about a consultation for your skincare needs, your treatment settings and what they can do to help you reach your ideal skin and feel your best!

Are You Ready?

An IPL Photofacial offers a variety of benefits for people who deal with all kinds of skin issues. If you’re interested in trying IPL photofacials, call Balshi Dermatology to get started!

Based in South Florida, Dr. Thomas Balshi is board certified in both internal medicine and dermatology. He has extensive training in both medical and surgical disciplines. His specialties include the aesthetic enhancement of pigmented skin conditions, non-invasive skin rejuvenation, and cosmetic dermatology procedures.

Want To Learn More About an IPL Photofacial? Call Balshi Dermatology In Delray Beach, Florida

 For any questions about age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines or to learn how to better treat your skin flaws, contact your board-certified dermatologist in Delray Beach at (561) 272-6000 or send us a message on our Contact Page to set up your appointment.