What is IPL?

One of the best and most effective ways to reverse the aging effects of the sun is with IPL. Years of sun exposure can take a toll on your skin. Photoaging is often the first sign your skin has been damaged. An IPL treatment can help restore your skin’s youthful appearance by leaving behind a softer, smoother skin surface with less pronounced wrinkles while also removing years of sun damage effectively.

Intense Pulsed Light, also known as a photofacial, is a non-laser, light-based treatment used to minimize and erase skin discolorations associated with accumulated sun damage -including freckles and brown spots on the face, chest and on the backs of hands and forearms.

IPL can also help reduce the look of vascular problems, such as rosacea and broken capillaries, while leaving the surface of the skin unharmed.

IPL works by targeting melanin in the skin. The light energy penetrates just below the skin’s surface, damaging either the melanin or blood vessels. Clients may experience slight discomfort during treatment with minor redness and swelling after. These side effects disappear shortly after receiving treatment. A few days after treatment, the body’s natural skin repair mechanism removes the damaged tissue. The treated areas become darker, looking similar to a coffee grind, before they naturally fall off and fade.

Most clients notice a difference after their first treatment. Within three to five IPL treatments, skin discolorations can lighten dramatically. There’s minimal downtime with this treatment.

Benefits to an IPL treatment include evening out skin color and tone, improving skin texture and leaving behind a radiant complexion. IPL also stimulates collagen, which can rejuvenate the skin from a textural standpoint as well. Clients typically report that their skin looks younger and tighter after treatment.

Want to see if you’re a good candidate for IPL? We recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation with one of our experts. Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation at one of our locations: IPL/Photofacial Palo Alto, IPL/Photofacial Walnut Creek, IPL/Photofacial Mill Valley, IPL/Photofacial Los Gatos, IPL/Photofacial University Village, Seattle, IPL/Photofacial Bellevue Square or IPL/Photofacial Redmond.

At SkinSpirit, consultations for any service are always complimentary.


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