The effects of sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and more can be wiped away thanks to an innovative and gentle skin rejuvenation procedure, the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial. Although most commonly used on the face, neck, and chest, IPL can be used to treat almost any area of the body.

So, how does it work? The IPL emits a range of light waves that penetrate deep into the skin and target the melanin or red blood cells in the blood vessels. The IPL light bypasses the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) and gently heats the cells in the deeper layer (the dermis). The high energy light waves cause the blood vessels to constrict, which reduces the appearance of age lines and redness. Once absorbed, they fragment the target, which the body then absorbs, leaving them less visible. Overall facial flushing is controlled due to the reduction of redness, dilated blood vessels, broken capillaries, and rosacea.

During the IPL treatment, the light waves also encourage the production of collagen. This natural protein that helps to fill in wrinkles can improve overall skin texture and minimize pore size. The natural oiliness of your skin can also decrease due to the smaller pore size. The activity of the fibroblasts (cells that make collagen) is increased which cause the fibers to arrange themselves in a more effective manner.

IPL photofacial rejuvenation typically consists of three to five total treatments spaced three to six weeks apart. The discomfort during the treatment is very minimal, and there is almost no downtime. Often referred to as the “lunchtime facial,” you can return to work with a healthy glow and makeup can be applied immediately afterwards. SPF is important to use before and during treatments to ensure optimal results and to protect your investment (your skin!).

The full benefits of a photofacial begin to show gradually throughout the few weeks following the first treatment. Oftentimes, freckles and age spots will look darker for three to seven days before they clear and resolve. Treatments usually take 30-45 minutes depending on the size and severity of the treatment area and range between $250 and $400 a session.