IPL Photofacial Rejuvenation in Chicago’s downtown loop
If you have sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or other skin discolorations, you may be a candidate for IPL photofacial rejuvenation. IPL (intense pulsed light) photofacial rejuvenation is a great treatment for people who are generally light-skinned and have blotchy, sun damaged, or discolored skin. It can also reduce pore size in some patients.
How does IPL photofacial work?
Treatments last about 30 minutes while pulses of light are aimed at the skin. The light works on the layers deep beneath the skin and constricts the blood vessels, which decreases redness. Effects will occur gradually over the days and weeks following your treatment.
Is IPL photofacial painful?
While some patients experience slight discomfort during and after the procedure, it is a relatively quick, easy, and painless non-invasive treatment that can help give you a more even skin tone.
How is IPL Photofacial different than laser skin resurfacing?
IPL photofacial works best on large pores, light wrinkles, and moderate sun damage. Laser resurfacing works better on deeper wrinkles and more extensive sun damage, as well as other skin issue. IPL photofacial is better for less serious skin issues because it is nonablative – meaning that no skin is removed during the process. Laser skin resurfacing involves removing very thin layers of skin; it is an ablative procedure. Because IPL photofacial is nonablative it has a much shorter recovery time than laser skin resurfacing does.
I’ve heard that IPL photofacial only works on fair skin tones. Is this true?
Unfortunately, IPL photofacial rejuvenation is not right for darkly tanned people and people with naturally darker skin, such as people of African descent and some people of Mediterranean and South Asian heritage. If you have darker skin and are in search of treatments to even out your skin tone, the doctors at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery are happy to discuss other options with you.