IPL Photofacial

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What Is an IPL Photofacial?

IPL (intense pulsed light) is a minimally invasive skin procedure that is similar to a laser, however, the light is more scattered and less focused than a laser. IPL penetrates down to the dermis without harming the epidermis, causing less damage to the skin. It uses the power of broadband light to minimize the appearance of freckles, age/sun spots, rosacea, and broken capillaries.

How Does an IPL Photofacial Work?

IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in the skin. Pigmented cells in your skin absorb the light energy, which is then converted into heat. The heat destroys the unwanted cells, causing the pigment to break down into smaller particles. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissues giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

What does an IPL Photofacial Treat?

IPL helps reduce the appearance of common skin disorders, including brown spots, rosacea, broken capillaries, and overall sun damage. It can also treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and/or age spots.


  • Avoid direct sun exposure and/or artificial tanning products for at 2-4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Discontinue photosensitizing topical products (retinol, glycolyic, etc.) 1 week prior to treatment
  • Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure.


  • Minimal to no downtime is expected and you may resume normal skincare routine the next day
  • Apply ice until sunburned sensation has deceased
  • The gradual darkening of pigmentation will occur and begin to slough off in 5-7 days
  • In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure

Who Is a Candidate For an IPL Photofacial?

IPL is mostly recommended for lighter skin types (I-IV). It is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have used Accutane within the past 6 months, or have psoriasis, eczema, or melasma in the treatment area.