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IPL Photofacials Specialist

IPL photofacials use intense pulsed light to help resolve problems like sun spots, rosacea, melasma, and even broken capillaries in the face. Patients who live in the San Francisco, California and the surrounding area can achieve a much smoother and more youthful appearance through IPL photofacial treatments at San Francisco Cosmetic Laser Institute with Dr. Evan Ransom.

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IPL Photofacials Q&A

by Evan Ransom, M.D.

What type of issues can IPL photofacials treat?
IPL photofacials can treat UV damage like sun spots, rosacea flares, melasma, and even broken capillaries and smaller facial blood vessels. This type of treatment is usually done on the face, but the hands are another popular treatment area. Nearly any part of the body that has issues like sun spots and broken capillaries can be treated with an IPL photofacial.
Who is a good candidate for IPL photofacial treatment?
Nearly anyone can have an IPL photofacial, regardless of skin type. However, it’s important to be vigilant about sun protection after treatment, especially for patients who have skin types that make them more susceptible to sun damage. Anyone who’s recently tanned outdoors, used a tanning bed, or been sunburned isn’t a good candidate and should wait until the skin has returned to its natural state.
How does the IPL photofacial treatment work?
The IPL technology uses a broad range of light wavelengths during treatment. Each IPL system can filter light from a different portion of the spectrum. The wavelengths from some parts of the light spectrum are best for treating problems like sun spots while other wavelengths are best for broken capillaries and facial blood vessels. The pigmentation or blood targeted absorbs the light right at the origin. This light is then turned into heat, which causes withering of the blood vessels and breakdown of the pigment. Blood is absorbed back into other parts of the body, while the tiny particles of the pigmentation are absorbed and eliminated from the body naturally. Most patients need 4-6 treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
What does an IPL photofacial feel like?
The treatment isn’t uncomfortable for most patients. Anesthetic isn’t needed, but a topical cooling gel is often used. Patients report feeling a sensation of warmth and a mild snapping or pinching during the laser pulses. After IPL photofacial treatment, patients may look and feel as if they’re slightly sunburned. This typically abates within 24 hours. Cold compresses can soothe any mild discomfort. High-quality moisturizers and sunscreens should be used to protect the skin and enhance results.
How much recovery time is needed after an IPL photofacial?
There’s no recovery time needed after an IPL photofacial. In fact, many people even have this treatment during a lunch break and then go back to work and their usual daily routine immediately.


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