Many of us wouldn’t dream of it! Rosy cheeks are adorable when we’re five-years-old but not so much anymore. The struggle to cover up redness and rosacea feels like a reality that’s impossible to change. Fortunately, it is very possible! An IPL Photofacial is your answer to achieve clear, luminous skin. Say goodbye to the redness and hello to a beautifully even-toned complexion!
While medications have been relied on heavily in the past to keep the inflammation from rosacea at bay, the bumps (papules), acne (pustules) and rosy cheeks have been more difficult to treat. We have good news…IPL Photofacials may be your saving grace and new best friend! Intense Pulsed Light is well established as an effective means of banishing redness. It uses highly concentrated beams of light to penetrate deep into the skin, targeting oxyhemoglobin in the blood to constrict the vessels thereby reducing the appearance of redness. The treatment has the added benefit of helping clear up the breakouts associated with rosacea as well.
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What is an IPL Photofacial?
A: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is an innovative, non-invasive method for quickly, safely and comfortably improving your skin’s overall texture, tone and colour. It can treat redness caused by broken capillaries in a non-ablative, zero-downtime kind of way. IPL Photofacials help restore a more youthful appearance, leaving skin clearer and healthier looking.
What can I expect during and after my IPL Photofacial?
A: During your IPL Photofacial, you may feel a slight heat or pinching sensation when the pulse of light is delivered. Have no fear! It’s so mild that no anesthesia or pain medicine are required. After your IPL treatment, you can expect some redness on the already red areas. This is a good sign! It means the trapped blood cells have been cooked to the correct temperature and will be flushed out.
How many IPL treatments will I need?
A: Most patients require between three and six treatments. However, additional treatments or touch-ups could be necessary if your condition is hereditary. For a better estimate of the number of sessions you’ll need, we recommend booking a complimentary consultation where one of our experienced technicians can better understand your skin’s needs.
What are the possible side effects from laser treatments for rosy cheeks/rosacea?
A: When treating vascular lesions with IPL, it’s normal for the area to appear a bit more red or slightly bruised immediately post treatment. This is an indication we were successful in targeting the hemoglobin (blood). Minor localized swelling and redness (similar to how your skin looks after a workout) are experienced by some, however, it subsides within a few hours.
How does IPL work?
A: IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and works by a method called selective photothermolysis. The light travels through the skin and selectively targets the hemoglobin (protein in red blood cells) present in capillaries and acne scars. When the light targets the “problem,” it is essentially cooked, or denatured, and will then be carried away with immune cells during your body’s healing response. In other words, it will break it up into very small particles that your body will wash away with ease.
Who can be treated with IPL?
A: Good news! Skin types 1-4 with sensitive, rosy skin can be treated with IPL.
When will I see results with IPL?
A: Since IPL works by destroying clusters of blood, it’s up to your body’s healing process to determine how long it will take to see results. We’ll work with you to help speed things up with some home care suggestions.
Is the procedure painful?
A: We always strive to treat our clients as painlessly as possible! Most people experience a slight warming sensation on the targeted area. We would say it feels similar to tweezing hairs, a little annoying but not painful. For anyone with a slightly lower pain threshold, topical numbing agents are available. Just ask your NuAGE clinician!