IPL Photofacial

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

in Boca Raton, Florida

Everybody wants to have smoother skin. However, not everyone is set to manage the dangers or recovery time that can come with some skin correction procedures like laser skin removal or microdermabrasion.

As photofacials provide a more secure option to more established alternatives (with the added bonus of practically zero downtime) it should come as no surprise that such a large number of people are flocking to NuWays MD in Boca Raton for these new options.

Photofacials are sometimes known as photo-rejuvenation. These processes utilize light to impact skin on an atomic level. This means there is no need for any injections, infusions, or skin entry points. This might sound like a dream-come-true procedure. That’s because it is.

The professionals at NuWays MD took the time to explore the facets of different photofacial options to glean some conclusive answers on the realities of these procedures. We looked at how the procedures function to enhance the pigmentation and surface of the skin.

Benefits of  Photofacials Include:

  • Tightening of pores
  • Reduction in acne severity
  • Reduction in the appearance of freckles and sun spots
  • Lesser hyperpigmentation issues
  • Treatment of skin redness and flushing
  • Reduction in the appearance of scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Reversal of sun damage
  • Treatment of vascular lesions (like blood vessels, broken capillaries, and rosacea)
  • Improvements in facial contouring
  • Tightening of skin
  • Boosting of collagen and elastin production

Different Types Of Photofacial?

 There is quite the assortment of photofacial treatments available for potential patients. However, the two most commonly used are intense pulsed light (IPL) and light emitting diode (LED). The names allude to the type of light used as part of the treatment. Boca Raton’s NuWays MD utilizes IPL photofacial technique in our procedures.

IPL photofacials, otherwise called Pulsed Light Therapy, comprises a handheld gadget that discharges beats of wide range light through direct contact with the skin. It follows up on the deeper layers of skin, making it perfect for treating broken capillaries, sun damage, and different impurities on the skin’s surface.

While pretty standard, the procedure should always be performed by a medical expert. This is why the professionals at NuWays MD all have extensive experience in the world of plastics and resurfacing. We provide the best possible outcome for our patients while limiting any potential dangers.

 

Differences between IPL and Lasers

  • Intense pulsed light photofacials are not lasers per se. They are intense light sources instead. What truly makes IPL a different procedures than lasers are that they direct broad-spectrum high-intensity pulses of lights instead of more invasive, calibrated lasers on narrower and more specific wavelengths.

    This being the case, IPL operates on wider ranges of wavelengths, meaning NuWays MD’s IPL processes can treat multiple conditions. These devices use special filers to remove any unwanted wavelengths, keeping only those needed for specific skin concerns that need to be addressed.

    The only downside of IPL compared to laser procedures is that, while individual treatments are less expensive, gentler, and safer, they are also far less intensive. This means that the results are not quite as immediately dramatic, and there is the potential that patients will need to come back in for a follow-up visit to produce the results desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Treatments To See Optimal Results?

We suggest patients do anywhere between 3-4 treatments as recommended to obtain optimal results. This is dependent as well on the skin conditions being treated and the severity of the issues.

What Needs To Be Done To Prepare For An IPL Treatment?

To minimize any potential side effects of an IPL photofacial treatment through NuWays MD, it is suggested that patients perform the following:

  • Avoid intense sun exposure without sunscreen with UVA/UVB filters and a minimum SPF of 30 for at least one month prior to treatment.
  • Ensure that the treatment area is free from suntan, burn, cold sores or herpes outbreaks, eczema, inflammatory acne, or hyper or hypopigmentation.
  • Avoidance of over the counter blood thinners for at least one week prior to treatment. This includes Aleve, ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Stopping the use of any type of Vitamin A supplementation for a minimum of two months prior to treatment. This includes alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, tretinoin or Retin-A, and retinoic acid.
  • Stopping use of Accutane treatments for a minimum of six months prior.
  • Bring in contact lens solution and cases, as patients are required to remove contact lenses before treatment can begin.
  • Bring in sunscreen that is a minimum of SPF 30 to apply post-treatment.
What Are The Possible Side Effects of IPL
  • Skin redness, tenderness and swelling 48 hours to one-week post-treatment
  • Scabbing (common with brown spots, which are supposed to rise to the surface, crust over and eventually flake off)
  • Blisters and burns (rare)
  • Unwanted changes in pigmentation (white or dark patches), more likely to occur in dark-skinned or tanned individuals

Note: The ideal candidate for IPL photorejuvenation is between 1-3 on the Fitzpatrick scale, untanned, still has some elasticity in the skin, is not pregnant, and has not taken Accutane in at least 6 months.

 

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