Facial Rejuvenation, commonly referred to as IPL or Photofacial
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based device used to treat sun damage small veins and fine lines/texture. “Photofacial” is the term used for the treatment itself. A photofacial is the process of removing sun damage, fine lines and/or facial redness with the IPL.
Our IPL system can perform many functions. The first treatment we will be discussing is age spots, sun damage and skin discoloration.
Sun damage is can cause irregular brown and red discoloration of the skin. These sun spots and broken capillaries of the skin can make the skin look weathered, and old. IPL can reduce and in some cases even eliminate these discolorations and makes the skin tone more even and bright. It works by heating up the structures that hold the color, also known as pigment, and damaging or destroying the blood vessel or “sun spot”. This process is called Selective Photo Thermal Lysis.
By using a range of wavelengths of light the IPL can target brown and red discoloration. Filters are used to cut off wavelengths of light that could be harmful to the skin. IPL works the best on fair to light colored people who have age spots, sun damage, freckles, or discoloration on the hands, face, chest and neck.
Many people ask what it feels like. The treatment takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes, depending on the area(s) you would like treated. We apply a topical gel, generally odorless, colorless ultra sound gel that acts as a conduit for the light. You will be given protective eyewear, and we will have you lie down, and relax. We will be in constant communication with you, and be sure to keep you at a level you are comfortable with. It is not painful, many people describe the procedure as a light vibrating sensation, and for those who have a higher pain tolerance, we are able to go up to a higher level, it can be described as a tiny bee sting. Remember, we will not go higher than what you can handle.
The light output from the IPL contains no harmful ultraviolet light and therefore is non-mutagenic. It utilizes absorption physics to thermally destroy the unwanted target and your body will replace the damaged target with new cells.
After a procedure, you may see the area treated become darker, and “rise” above the skin. The procedure is working at a cellular level and working from the inside out. The color is essentially rising from inside out and will flake off your skin leaving you with rejuvenated and more even skin tone. It is important to not pick or rub the area, it is delicate skin and irritating it can cause scarring or discoloration.
The procedure can take 3-4 treatments to be fully effective. There is no down time, you could do this on your lunch break and be back to work without anyone knowing what you had done.
Many people will see results with the first treatment, though we recommend at least 3 to get the most significant results.
Post care. It is essential that you stay out of the sun after an IPL treatment, and to avoid being in the sun for extended periods of time whenever possible. Sunscreen or sunblock are vital in protecting your skin. Remember, sunscreen provides a screen from the sun where UV rays can still penetrate the skin. Sun block acts as a barrier and UV rays are unable to penetrate. We will get you started with the IPL, but it is up to you to maintain the results by using sunscreen and protecting your skin.
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WHAT IS A PHOTOFACIAL?
A photofacial is a light-based treatment that rejuvenates the skin, other times called IPL (Intense Pulse Light) or Skin Rejuvenation.
WHAT DOES A PHOTOFACIAL DO?
The light waves used in a photofacial treat acne, brown spots and fine lines. The pulsed light is made up of different wavelengths to penetrate different depths of skin.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Like magic! Now you see it, now you don’t! It seems miraculous, but there is science behind it on a cellular level. The light waves selected have been scientifically proven to treat freckles and pimples, making them fade or disappear within days after the treatment.
DOES IT HURT?
Most people compare it to a rubber band snap. However, at Moxie Sugar and Laser Studio we use the Palomar Starlux 300, which has been reported by many of our clients as a slight pressure, but no pain. It requires no numbing.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Before the procedure, our staff will discuss what treatment is best for you, depending on skin type and tone. You’ll be given a set of goggles to protect your eyes from the flashes of light. A cool gel is applied to the treatment area, both to lubricate the hand piece and help cool the skin during treatment. Your skin care specialist will then apply brief pulses of bright light to the skin through the hand piece. Although it may take a series of treatments for best results, you’ll notice a difference after your very first visit.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
The treatment is very quick – for example, it takes less than 20 minutes to treat a face. The treatment itself is virtually pain free and is frequently compared to a warm massage.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Moxie Studio charges $250 to $350 for face, $150 for neck, $300 for upper chest, $600 for face, neck and chest, $100 for hands and $200 for half arms. Prices can be determined for other areas like back or legs. We charge $25 per spot if you only have a couple pimples or brown spots you want treated.
PRE & POST CARE
IPL Pre-treatment Instructions
Following these pre-treatment instructions closely will optimize your treatment results with the IPL services.
- Use sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, daily. Sunburned skin will not be treated.
- Avoid any irritants to your face such as products containing hydroquinone, bleaching cream, Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents or chemical peels for at least two (2) weeks.
- If you have a history of hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) with laser treatments or other trauma, please let us know, we may be able to prescribe a lightening agent prior to the procedure to reduce this reaction, or we may determine this service is not suitable for your skin.
- Do not use self-tanning agents for at least two (2) weeks prior to treatment. If you have used these products thoroughly cleanse the area with abrasive/exfoliating scrub products to remove all products two (2) weeks prior to any treatment.
- Do not use bleach products, bleach or “Nair” (aka hair removal lotions/creams) for two (2) weeks prior to the treatment as this can irritate your skin.
- Please do not wear any makeup, perfume, lotion or deodorants in or on the treatment area prior to the treatment. We may remove any excess product prior to service.
- Before each treatment, please inform us if you are taking any new antibiotics or medications, as they make make your skin sensitive to light treatments and therefore, we may not be able to treat you for one (1) or two (2) weeks after completion of medication/antibiotic.
- Optional: Shave the area to be treated one day (1 day) prior to your appointment
- Notify your technician of any recent procedures, injections or services in the area to be treated.
- We may reserve the right to refuse to treat any person or area as we see fit due to unforeseen circumstances or for the best interest of the skin
IPL Aftercare Instructions
- Immediately after the IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatment, there may be redness and/or bumps at the treatment site. These can last up to 4 (four) hours to a few days. It is normal for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours. You may use a cold compress, aloe vera gel, or a 1% hydrocortisone if needed. If treating the face, please continue using sun protectant with a SPF of at least 30+ daily for the entire treatment period.
- Do not pick any flaking, scabbing, dry, or loose skin as this can lead to scarring and irritation of the treated area.
- Make-up may be used after 24 (twenty-four) hours after treatment. Any prior use is against our recommendation and is at your discretion.
- Avoid sun exposure for 4 (four) to six (six) weeks after the treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence, dark and/or light spots. Use sun protectant with SPF of 30 or greater, and a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide at all times throughout the course of treatment. Even waterproof sunblock is only good for 60-80 minutes, and hourly reapplication is necessary for full protection.
- Until initial skin irritation subsides, avoid hot water and anything irritating to the skin. Advil or Motrin can be helpful.
- Avoid any irritants to your face such as any products containing Retin-A (tretinoin), retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents facials or chemical peels for at least two (2) days or 48 hours.
- Do not wear tight or constricting clothing in the area treated as irritation can occur and skin cannot cool properly.
- Do not exercise, receive any body or facial treatments, take hot shower, or use saunas or hot tubs for at least 72 hours.
- Hypopigmentation (lightening) or hyperpigmentation (darkening) may occur with any laser/IPL treatment and usually resolves within 4-6 weeks.
- If you have a tan or sunburn that was not disclosed or visibly noticeable to the technician, pigmentary changes can take up to two (2) years to resolve.
- Contact Moxie immediately if you have any signs of infection (pus, tenderness or fever)