Photofacials are treatments that use intense pulsed light to correct discolorations in the skin. Photofacials are great for evening out and brightening the skin tone! They target the vascular reds and brown pigmentation in the skin. Photofacials can be performed anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face, neck, décolleté, and hands.
Photofacials Are Best For:
While this depends on each individual, many will need at least 3 treatments, some requiring 3-5 treatments. Multiple treatments are recommended to be scheduled one month apart. IPL Photofacials also pair very well chemical peels and our Skinpen microneedling!
There is some discomfort, feeling like a rubber-band snap with a flash of bright light. Topical numbing cream is applied before treatment to help ease the discomfort.
Your skin will be a little red and flushed which usually lasts a couple hours after your treatment. You may also experience a sunburn-like sensation. Any brown spots will look immediately darker and become even darker over the next day or two, almost like coffee grounds on the skin. Most of the redness will dissipates by the next day. In 3 to 4 days after the treatment the dark brown will start to flake off. By 7 to 10 days after the treatment, the skin will be done flaking and a more even toned, brighter complexion can be noticed!
Ensure that you’ve had very little sun exposure 2 weeks before.
Let the clinic know if you have a history of herpes simplex (cold sores), if so, you will need to be pre-treated with a Rx antiviral valcyclovir starting 2 days prior to your appointment and continuing 5 days after your appointment.
No tanning (sun or self-tanner) 2 weeks before.
Cannot be done on compromised skin (sunburned/wind burned skin, active rashes, etc.).
Discontinue all exfoliating products 5-7 days before. This includes scrubs, cleansing brushes, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol derivatives, topical acne treatments, etc.
Keep your skin cool! Use a fan, cold wet washcloth, ice pack if needed.
Don’t worry about doing a skin care routine that same night, you can go right to sleep! Start your simple and gentle routine the next morning.
Keep your skin care routine very simple and gentle for 5 days- Gentle Cleanser, Basic Moisturizer, and SPF.
Also discontinue any corrective or active serums/moisturizers- vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid ect) retinol derivatives, acne treatments, etc for 5-7 days. Avoid vigorous physical activity, pools, saunas, hot tubs for 48hrs.
Absolutely no picking, pulling of peeling skin, or scratching!
SPF 30 or greater EVERY morning- wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, etc.
You may wear makeup the next day, but if you can, be foundation-free for 2 days.
*Please note that you need to wait 1 week after facial waxing before getting an IPL Photofacial. You must also wait 2 weeks after an IPL Photofacial to get waxed.
*Give 1 week before and after Botox/Filler injections for this treatment.