Friday, January 10, 2020

Should You Be Considering an IPL Facial?

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Touted as the miracle treatment for youthful, dewy looking skin by celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston, IPL photo facials are fast gaining traction and growing in popularity. 

In fact, in one interview Khloe Kardashian commented ‘I love lasers and I do a ton of them on my face; I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I do them more for discoloration, but they do tighten, too.’ 

What Are IPL Photo Facials and What Can They Do for You? 

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light which is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform skin treatments in order to improve the youthful appearance of your skin in the following ways: 
  • Improve facial contour
  • Tighten skin
  • Boost collagen and elastin production
  • Tighten pores
  • Reduce acne
  • Reduce or eliminate sunspots and freckles
  • Lessen hyperpigmentation
  • Treat skin flushing and skin redness
  • Reduce the appearance of scars
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reverse sun damage
  • Treat vascular lesions (broken capillaries, blood vessels, telangiectasia, rosacea) 
This is all achieved using a powerful light source that has the ability to penetrate the skin, and effectively stimulating skin regeneration in the epidermis as well as the dermis via increased collagen and elastin fiber production. 

How Does It Work? 

A cooling gel is usually applied to your skin, after which pulses of broad-spectrum light are delivered to the deep layers of the skin using a handheld device which is then passed across the skin. During the treatment you will be required to wear dark goggles to protect your eyes, but as the procedure does not require any invasive action this should be a relatively painless process. However, a quick glance at the internet will uncover hundreds of horror stories from people having undergone treatment, so it is important that you source a reputable company like Your Laser Skin Care before embarking on any treatments. 

How Many Treatments Are Required? 

This all depends on how severe your concerns are, but generally speaking anywhere from 2 to 6 treatments are recommended for the best results. Treatments are usually spaced around three weeks apart and take approximately 20 to 30 minutes each. You will usually see an improvement in your skin after every treatment. 

What Are the Risks? 

IPL has only been in use since 1995, which makes it difficult to gauge what the long-term repercussions, if any, are. In the short-term, side effects can include minor swelling, redness and increased visibility of small capillaries, although all of these symptoms will usually vanish within a few hours of the treatment taking place. Some bruising may also occur as well as scabbing, but both of these will also dissipate within a short time of the treatment ending. 

How Should You Prepare? 

A reputable specialist should examine your skin prior to any treatment commencing, in order to check that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment and also to let you know what to expect. For a couple of weeks prior to treatment you should avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels, collagen injections and drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

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