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IPL Photofacial

General Dermatology & Aesthetic Dermatology located in Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond, LA and Picayune, MS

IPL photofacial

IPL photofacial services offered in Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond, LA and Picayune, MS

For residents of Slidell, Madisonville, Hammond, Louisiana, and Picayune, Mississippi, who want to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or spider veins, IPL photofacials are a great option. The team at Northshore Dermatology has extensive experience with this treatment and invites you to book a visit online or by phone to learn more about this outstanding medical aesthetics option.

IPL fotofacial Q&A

What is an IPL fotofacial?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) fotofacials are treatments that use light energy to prompt changes in the deeper layers of your skin. Unlike laser treatments, which use beams of light, IPL fotofacials emit more than one frequency of light energy at a time.

That light passes through the epidermal layer of your skin. The light creates heat, which targets and damages the cells that produce pigment in your skin. Uneven pigmentation is dispersed, creating a more even skin tone.  

What kinds of issues can IPL fotofacials treat?

At Northshore Dermatology, the FotoFacial® treatment platform is the preferred IPL photofacial treatment option. This system delivers safe, reliable results. 

IPL photofacials are wonderful treatments for skin issues caused by abnormal pigmentation. Some of the conditions best suited for this approach includes:

  • Freckles
  • Rosacea
  • Scarring
  • Spider veins
  • Melasma
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Age-related dark spots

IPL photofacials are also a good way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

What happens during an IPL fotofacial?

It’s important to avoid sun exposure in the weeks prior to your treatment. You should also avoid taking any medication that heightens your sensitivity to sun exposure, including certain antibiotics. Don’t wear makeup, deodorant, or lotions in the treatment area. 

Your practitioner applies a cooling gel to your skin. This clear gel also makes it easier for the treatment handpiece to glide across the surface of your skin. You wear special eye protection during sessions, as the treatment platform emits very bright light. 

As your practitioner moves the IPL device across the surface of your skin, you may feel a sensation like the snap of a rubber band. Most people find treatments to be easily tolerated, but you can always ask your practitioner to take a break or stop the treatment as needed. 

Most people benefit from a series of treatments with around a month in between to give the skin time to adjust. You should begin to see results within a couple of weeks after your initial treatment.   

If you’d like more information about IPL photofacials, reach out to Northshore Dermatology online or by phone today to book a visit.