A photofacial is another name for an IPL (intense-pulsed light) treatment. It is an FDA-approved treatment that uses rapid flashes of intense light to target problematic areas on the face, neck, chest and hands. It’s a great way to even out your skin tone by eliminating and reducing the appearance of sun-spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation from years of sun-damage.
An IPL photofacial treatment series typically consists of several sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart for maximal improvement, although significant improvement is apparent after each treatment. A full-face treatment typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform. The rapid flashes of light are absorbed by the pigment within the skin, and over the course of 1-2 weeks this pigment “lifts” and comes to the skin surface. Once on the surface it will “slough” off with the old skin and disappear, leaving a more even skin tone. The treatments are easily tolerated, and require minimal downtime. Sun exposure should be limited after treatment for best results.