Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial
What is Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation also known as an Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial involves a range of lightwaves designed to target hemoglobin and melanin to treat hyperpigmentation, redness, rosacea, as well as dilated and broken blood vessels on the face, neck and chest. This treatment is also effective at helping to control involuntary flushing of the face. The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either the hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmentation of the melanin pigment. The vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
This treatment is available exclusively at our Burlington and Stoney Creek locations.
How does the procedure work?
This procedure is done in a specialized laser room. You will be provided with special glasses to protect your eyes while a cool gel is placed over the area of your skin being treated. A smooth glass handpiece is used to transmit the pulses of light as they are applied to your skin. During the procedure you may feel a very light sting—almost like the snapping of a small rubber band. Treatments usually take 30-90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. At the end of the procedure the gel is removed and your Monaco skin care specialist will apply a moisturizer with sunscreen. Mild swelling is possible and will be treated with a cold compress before leaving the clinic. Advanced Mineral Makeup applications are also available to hide any moderate redness caused by the treatment.
Who is a good candidate?
Candidates for IPL treatment include those with lighter skin in the Fitzpatrick Scale of skin types of 1 and 2. The best candidates must also have an obvious brown or red pigmentation in the skin that is contrasted with their natural skin colour. Prior to being treated with IPL, the candidates must not have tanned, burned, or inflamed skin. Candidates must not have had any prolonged sun exposure for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
When will I see results and when can I return to everyday activities?
To see noticeable results most patience require a series of 3-5 treatments every 3-6 weeks. Redness is common for 2-5 days following your treatment but can be covered with foundation immediately after the treatment. Bruising is rare, but can take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Freckles and age spots can cause crusting in the treated area and may last up to 10 days however a full resolution on all symptoms is expected after one month.