Who is a good candidate for IPL photofacial?

IPL photofacial is an excellent option for individuals with sun damage or photo-aged skin caused by prolonged exposure to UV rays. This treatment can minimize discoloration, including brown spots and freckles, on the face, hands, forearms, and chest. You may be a good candidate for IPL is you have:

  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Large pores
  • Shallow acne scars
  • Brown spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Spider veins or broken capillaries
  • Skin laxity

Why choose us for the IPL photofacial in NYC?

At Alinea Medical Spa in New York, we listen to our patients. We are focused on catering to your needs – your total satisfaction is our priority. We offer the highest quality cosmetic services performed by the most experienced and passionate professionals.

What can I expect with IPL photofacial treatment?

We use the Nordlys Ellipse IPL. The photofacial takes approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete and is generally well tolerated. Most patients experience only mild discomfort. With IPL therapy, intense pulses of light energy penetrate the skin to create changes in the deeper layer and stimulate new collagen growth. The light energy targets darker skin cells to break down melanin and reduce hyperpigmentation. This treatment uses multiple wavelengths to treat a range of skin issues.

Is there any recovery after IPL photofacial?

Most patients are able to apply makeup and return to work or resume normal activities immediately after IPL photofacial. Your skin will appear as though you have a sunburn, and you may experience mild swelling. Redness will typically dissipate within 24 hours and resolve within two to five days after treatment. Sunspots and discoloration may appear darker and continue to darken for three to seven days, then develop a crust and flake away.

For your aftercare, it is important to:

  • Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities for the first two days.
  • Keep your skin moisturized.
  • Avoid exfoliating for one week.
  • Use only mild, calming skincare products. Avoid alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin A, glycolic acid, Retin-A, Accutane, and retinoic acid. 
  • Avoid picking at crusty or scaly skin. (It can cause scarring.)
  • Avoid hot baths, hot showers, and hot tubs for at least 48 hours after treatment.
  • Use sun protection for a minimum of 30 days.

FAQ

How does IPL photofacial work?

This technique works by shining highly concentrated, intense beams of light on the surface of the skin intermittently. These pulses of light target vascular and pigment irregularities to create smoother skin tone and texture. IPL therapy can help reduce the signs of aging skin for a more youthful appearance.

What does IPL treatment feel like?

IPL photofacial requires no anesthesia, and treatment is well tolerated by most people. You may experience a sensation similar to a gentle snap of a rubber band against the skin or a very short pinprick.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of IPL sessions you need for optimal results will depend upon your skin and your treatment goals. We can individually tailor a treatment plan for you.

What are the benefits of IPL photofacial?

This nonsurgical treatment requires no anesthesia and little or no downtime. It can reduce dark spots and uneven pigmentation, repair broken facial capillaries and spider veins, and improve skin tone and texture. It can also stimulate the body to produce more collagen, for improved skin quality.

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