IPL Photo Rejuvenation

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial - White Plains, NY and Paramus, NJ*

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Photofacial treatments are a non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL Photofacials can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea, and brown spots on the face, hands, and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes, and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. At Aydin Plastic Surgery in White Plains, NY and Paramus, NJ, the IPL Photofacial hand piece is gently pressed to the skin and pulses of light are emitted. Usually 4-6 treatment sessions lasting about 20 minutes each will provide you with beautiful results. There is no recuperation time – with an IPL Photofacial you can return to work or resume your normal activities on the same day. You will notice a gradual, natural-looking improvement in your skin with time. IPL is a safe solution tailor-made to your skin type and condition.

Treatment Technique

IPL photofacials are a non-invasive procedure. With IPL, the practitioner utilizes pulses of light strong enough to damage skin lesions and initiates a healing process that will start production of new skin tissues. Typically, cold gel is applied on the skin to help with any discomfort. The eyes are also protected from the intense light. The treatment typically lasts less than 30 minutes as extended exposure to the laser may cause complications. Patients are able to return to their normal routine after a few hours.

During/After Treatment

Treatment can only last for 20 - 30 minutes or less depending on the skin condition. Several sessions are suggested for best results, spaced every 3 weeks. The results are gradual and optimal results may be seen after several months. There may be discomfort during treatment, but most patients find it tolerable – similar to a slight sting of a rubber band snap. After treatment, the skin may appear reddish with slight swelling and blotchiness. This normally disappears after a few hours. It is very important to adhere to post-treatment advise to achieve your best results.

IPL Photofacial FAQs

Immediate Results?

Improvements are noticeable even after the initial treatment but optimal results may be evident after several months. The positive results of this laser treatment are gradual as the skin must be given time to heal to avoid any complications of an aggressive approach. There is no standard recovery time as patient’s condition can greatly vary.

Temporary Side Effects?

Side effects are mild. Redness, swelling, bruising are normal right after treatment. After a few days, blisters and crusting and skin peeling may be present. The patient should not pick at the skin as it is undergoing a normal process to heal itself. 

Pre-Treatment Prep?

It is recommended for patients who are scheduled for an IPL photofacial to refrain from tanners and exposure to sun 1 month prior to schedule. There are also medications that must be avoided such as minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova a few weeks before schedule. These precautions minimize the risk of complications and reactions the laser light may cause. To help prevent bruising and excessive swelling, patients may want to take aspirin or ibuprofen 1 hour before their treatment.

Sun Exposure?

Patients will be as sensitive to sun exposure after their IPL photofacial, so going out under the sun must be a limited activity, especially in between treatments. Doing so may significantly affect the outcome or cause complications. Sun protection must be regularly applied. This also helps in minimizing possible recurring skin issues like sun spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.

Single Session Only?

A single session can’t last more than 30 minutes as extended exposure to IPL may be risky to the patient. An aggressive approach may bring negative effects instead of correcting skin irregularities. Several sessions are spread in between at least weeks so the resurfacing is gradual and results are also longer term as the skin heals naturally.

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