A photofacial is a noninvasive, no-downtime procedure to correct virtually any superficial blemish. Rosacea, sun damage, freckles, age spots and acne are no match for this rejuvenating treatment. By using nonerosive light, a photofacial addresses damaged skin tissue or hyperpigmentation without harming healthy cells, allowing patients to resume their daily activities immediately. At the Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center, we are proud to offer photofacials right in our Los Angeles office. If you are looking for a refreshed appearance and healthy skin with no downtime, a photofacial may be the perfect option.
A photofacial is also called intense pulsed light (IPL). This is different from a laser, which only uses one wavelength of light. Instead, a photofacial uses what’s called broad-spectrum light, which reaches multiple layers of skin. It is applied with brief flashes, sometimes up to 2 or 3 on a single treatment area.
When the light flashes, it warms the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, as well as collagen growth underneath the skin. These two factors allow photofacials to address both the outermost surface of the skin as well as the tissues beneath it. This multi-faceted approach makes your skin look younger, smoother and more voluminous.
At the Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center, we use photofacials to effectively treat:
As with any procedure performed at the Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center, a photofacial begins with a thorough consultation. During this time, your patient care coordinator reviews every aspect of your goals and performs an examination to sort out which treatment options will best suit your needs. It is an important part of our practice philosophy that we only deliver procedures that we truly feel will help a patient. Your initial consultation and examination help us get a total understanding of your unique case, allowing us to guide you through the proper cosmetic treatment.
Before treatment begins, your practitioner will apply a cooling gel to the surface of your face. This is to both protect your healthy skin cells and provide you with total comfort throughout the procedure.
Photofacials are usually done without anesthetic, but patients with sensitive skin may prefer a mild sedative to help with any pain. This aspect of your treatment will be discussed beforehand.
Now the IPL laser treatment begins. Using a specialized handpiece, your practitioner gently delivers the IPL to the appropriate treatment area. The light serves to treat superficial blemishes while also heating the underlying collagen layer, causing it to expand. With each pulse of light, your skin gets a jolt of beautifying energy, helping it to look and feel its best.
IPL can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
Treatment for hyperpigmentation and freckles on the face. Photographs courtesy of Dr. Reath. M.D.
The purpose of a photofacial is to activate your body’s natural healing power. For this reason, the period after your IPL photofacial is as important as the procedure itself. Your practitioner will give you a series of guidelines to follow, and it is critical that you do this precisely. If you have questions or concerns following your photofacial, we are at your disposal. By continuing to provide you with care long after the procedure is over, we are determined to deliver the best IPL photofacial results.
Yes! I had an IPL and am thrilled with the results. Casey was helpful in knowing what to expect and the whole staff was extremely nice.
At Lasky Aesthetics, we have built our practice around our patients. We have created an environment at our skin center that feels like an authentic spa experience. We seek to help our patients find peace of mind when they enter our office and experience our world-class service. Our highly acclaimed team of renowned dermatologists and skin specialists prioritize providing education about all of our treatments so that you can feel confident when making a decision.
We want to ensure your comfort and safety throughout every part of your journey with us, which starts with creating confidence through knowledge and understanding. With the IPL photofacial, our approach includes leading-edge technology and highly skilled practitioners, a combination to precisely target your skin problems. We want to customize your treatment so you achieve results you can see and feel.