IPL devices use intense pulsed light to target the root cause of the most common skin imperfections, including the signs of aging, skin discoloration, and skin textural irregularities. At The Refinery Medspa & Wellness locations in West Melbourne and Indian Harbour Beach, FL, we offer photofacials with a versatile laser device that can address minor and more advanced skin imperfections and concerns to uncover beautiful, healthier, and younger-looking skin.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light): The Rejuvenating Effects of This Versatile Laser Treatment
Facials can improve your skin in a way that your standard skincare routine cannot, but even more effective than a standard facial is a photofacial. Photofacials use light energy to treat common skin conditions and imperfections. They rejuvenate the skin by targeting and eliminating discoloration and replacing damaged or discolored skin cells with healthier, younger ones.
They can also stimulate natural collagen and elastin production in the treatment area to reverse some of the most common signs of aging. These treatments can meet the needs of patients with the most advanced and stubborn skin conditions, but they can also deliver skin-rejuvenating benefits to patients who simply want to achieve healthier and brighter skin.
Eliminating Skin Discoloration
Patients in different life stages can experience skin discoloration. While aging is the most common reason why patients experience age spots, sun spots, and the different forms of hyperpigmentation, excessive sun exposure, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, and the side effects of some medications can all cause changes in the color of the skin, causing the body to produce excess melanin, which creates discolored spots or patches in one or several areas.
Hyperpigmentation of any form is very difficult to treat with at-home methods. While many skincare companies create topical products claiming that their ingredients can lighten these spots, few are strong enough to do so. One of the benefits of intense pulsed light treatments is that they can target and lighten discolored skin cells by penetrating beyond the skin’s surface to replace the discolored cells with newer and healthier skin cells.
How It Works
Intense pulsed light perfects the skin by targeting the root cause of discoloration. It can also enhance the skin’s appearance and create a more even skin tone. IPL treatments are a true game changer for those struggling with more severe types of hyperpigmentation.
Achieving Younger-Looking Skin
With the aging process comes an inevitable decrease in natural collagen and elastin production. When your body makes less of these essential proteins, the signs of aging appear and only worsen with time. The most common signs of aging resulting from collagen loss include skin laxity, lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, skin tone and textural changes, and a decrease in skin firmness.
How It Works
Patients with mild, moderate, or more severe signs of aging can benefit from an IPL treatment to promote younger-looking skin. Intense pulsed light can go beyond the epidermis to target the dermal layers and uniformly heat precise skin depths to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production.
This treatment can target the cause of those visible signs of aging at the source by stimulating natural collagen production. Photofacials are an excellent option for patients with aging skin who need something more than anti-aging topical products can deliver.
Achieving Healthier Skin
Patients with dull skin or who have fallen into a skincare rut can also benefit from an IPL treatment plan. Intense pulsed light can bring new life to the skin by erasing even the most minor imperfections.
The rejuvenating treatment leads to brighter, younger, and healthier-looking skin, and even those without glaring skin imperfections can benefit from this treatment. It can help them maintain skin health, prevent accelerated aging and discoloration, and achieve and maintain a natural and long-lasting glow.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Treatments Will I Need To See Results?
We work with our patients to develop suitable treatment plans that include the necessary number of treatments based on their skin type and the conditions that will be treated during the photofacial. Patients with more advanced concerns may require more sessions to achieve their goals than patients who simply want to undergo general facial rejuvenation.
What Happens During a Treatment?
Once your skin is cleansed and prepared for the IPL device, we will provide protective eyewear to wear throughout the treatment. We will apply a topical solution and place the intense pulsed light handpiece on your skin. Once activated, the device will deliver quick light pulses into your skin to address your problem areas. Treatments can take approximately 30 minutes but may take longer if you treat larger areas or multiple areas during a single treatment.
Most patients are comfortable throughout the treatment, but we can discuss whether you would benefit from the application of a topical numbing cream before beginning your session. Patients who undergo this treatment primarily to address discoloration and age spots may experience a coffee-ground-like skin texture in the days following treatment. These spots will darken and will eventually shed off the skin, revealing clearer and healthier skin.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?
You will need to take steps to prepare for your photofacial to ensure you get the most out of your treatment and achieve the best results. You will be asked to avoid certain topical products before your appointment.
If you cannot arrive with clean skin, we will cleanse the area before beginning the treatment process. You should also avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and topical tanning lotions before your treatment, as well as any professional or at-home products or treatments that could irritate the skin. You must also temporarily avoid blood-thinning supplements and medications before your treatment.
Will I Need To Plan Around Downtime?
There is minimal social downtime after a photofacial. We will provide specific instructions regarding how to care for your skin after your treatment. This light-based device is designed to uncover a younger layer of skin, but that younger layer is also more susceptible to sun damage.
For that reason, you must avoid sun exposure and use quality sunscreen daily while also taking extra steps to protect your skin, like wearing a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing. We will give you a list of products to temporarily avoid, and as long as you follow the post-care instructions, you can feel confident about your treatment outcome.
Who Is It Right For?
Photofacials are an excellent option for patients with specific skin conditions like discoloration and visible aging, but they are also effective for patients who want to experience overall skin rejuvenation. A pre-treatment consultation is the simplest and most effective way to determine your treatment eligibility.
Once we determine that a photofacial is right for you, we can design a customized treatment plan, answer any questions you may have about the treatment process, and determine how many treatments it will take to help you achieve your skincare goals. Pregnant women do not qualify for treatment, nor do those who suffer from certain skin conditions or take certain medications.
Experience the Skin-Rejuvenating Benefits of a Photofacial
Beautiful skin is within your reach. Our IPL photofacials can transform your skin, eliminate imperfections, and help you achieve a brighter and more even skin tone. Contact The Refinery Medspa & Wellness and Skin & Body by The Refinery by using our simple online form. Alternatively, you can also call us at 321-341-3321 to reach us in West Melbourne, FL, or call us at 321-428-3004 to reach us in Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for our latest deals and specials & events!