If you’ve been researching Hyperpigmentation Treatments in Austin, or procedures to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, age spots, redness, and sun damage, then you have likely come across the term IPL. What does IPL stand for exactly? The acronym is short for “intense pulsed light”, and it is a technology commonly used in cosmetic procedures to treat a variety of skin conditions.
You may have also heard IPL treatment referred to as “photo rejuvenation” or “photofacial”. Although the technology is often referred to as “IPL laser”, it is not the same as a laser treatment. IPL technology utilizes a broad spectrum of light, whereas a laser emits one specific wavelength of light. The broad spectrum light source emitted by IPL makes treatments like photofacial a more versatile procedure that can treat a variety of skin imperfections at the same time.
At Personique On The Spot, we strive to deliver the best IPL Photofacial results in Austin while always practicing patient safety. Below, we’ve included more information about the treatment, but if you’d like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!
First, IPL can be used to treat a very wide range of cosmetic issues and complaints, providing benefits that range from hair removal to the rejuvenation of skin cells. However, one of its most common uses is for the treatment of hyperpigmentation, as the broad range of light produced targets darker pigmentation, helping you to achieve a fairer, more even complexion.
Our Austin patients who have received an IPL Photofacial have experienced several of the benefits listed below:
Age Spots: Age spots are usually brown, black, or tan, and commonly appear on older adults with fair skin. You may be more familiar with them as “liver spots”, although they are also called “sun spots”, as they are common in areas that see the most sun exposure.
Note that these are just some of the common skin conditions that IPL can be used to treat. There are many others. If you’re concerned about a facial skin condition, we recommend contacting our office to schedule a full consultation. IPL may be the ideal option for your needs, but you may also benefit from microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, or any of our other highly effective treatment options.
To be a good fit for IPL treatment, you must have a pigmentation-related skin issue, such as one of those addressed above, or be suffering from a condition like rosacea or broken capillaries. If you are more interested in addressing fine lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion might be the more effective treatment option, but we will be happy to provide you with a professional assessment and guide you to the ideal treatment or combination of treatments.
If you are interested in getting an IPL Photofacial in Austin, the first step will be to contact our office and schedule your free consultation with one of our technicians. During this meeting, you will be able to address your aesthetic desires, ask questions regarding the treatment, and get an examination of your skin. If you agree with the evaluation, then you be able to schedule your appointment with our Patient Coordinator who will also provide you with the cost of your treatment and give you any instructions you may need to follow before your first session.
During IPL treatment, light energy is delivered to the skin via a series of short, high-intensity bursts from a handheld device. Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, this light energy penetrates the tissue, selectively targeting chromophores (skin components that absorb light). The irregular pigmentation (melanin) and the red pigment of blood vessels (hemoglobin) absorb this light energy, heating and effectively destroying the discolored pigment without harming the skin or other tissues.
Damaged blood vessels will be absorbed by the body and the destroyed hyperpigmented cells rise to the surface and slough off via the skin’s natural renewal process. This process leaves behind the lighter tissue, giving the complexion a brighter and more even tone. In some cases, a combination of IPL treatment and chemical peel or microdermabrasion might be the most beneficial. IPL treatment can also help improve the skin’s overall texture by reducing pore size, stimulating collagen growth, and smoothing fine lines, in addition to delivering a wide range of other benefits, plus a boost to your self-confidence.
After your treatment, you will be able to return to your normal schedule as seen as you leave our building. However, patients can expect to experience a red and flushed appearance after the treatment; therefore, it’s important to wear sunscreen and avoid retinoid for a few weeks.
Over the next week or so after the treatment, brown spots and hyperpigmentation will begin to darken and rise to the surface. Eventually, these specks flake off the skin, creating a new and flawless appearance.* Should you feel self-conscious turning this stage of recovery, you can wear makeup to cover the darkened spots.
Other side effects include puffiness and temporary darkening of hyperpigmentation. The latter is more common in patients with darker skin tones; these darker spots can be treated with lightening cream.
The cost of an IPL Photofacial in Austin will vary depending on the location of the treatment and how many sessions your skin will require to achieve your desired appearance. When you come in for your consultation, your technician will be able to give you a better idea of what your treatment plan will consist of and our Patient Coordinator will give you a pricing sheet with a breakdown of the costs. Please keep in mind that the number of sessions recommended may change based on how you respond to the treatment.
Personique On the Spot is an extensive medical spa with a team of aesthetic professionals who are dedicated to providing safe and effective treatments to our clients. Our technicians have years of experience performing the IPL Photofacial and will be able to give you the beautiful, smooth skin that everyone wants. From the moment you step in our doors until the moment you leave, you will be treated with the utmost level of care and attention. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to help you shine!
If you are visiting or live in the Austin area, don’t let just anyone perform your IPL Photofacial treatment! Call Personique On the Spot at (512) 599-8672 or request a consultation through our website. Our knowledgeable and wonderful team of experts are looking forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a nice, even complexion today!
Not at all! The IPL Photofacial is one of the safest light-based treatments out there and causes patients little to no pain. If there are any side effects, they typically vanish after a few hours following your session.
Every IPL Photofacial session will improve upon the last one, so while you may see results after your first session, we highly recommend that you receive a minimum of 3 in order to achieve the best results. When you come in for your consultation, your technician will be able to give you a better idea of how many sessions you may need. In addition to that, whenever you come in for your next appointment, you will be examined to see how your skin is responding to the treatment, giving the technician an even clearer idea of how many more appointments you will need.
You should begin to notice positive changes as early as 1 week after your first session, however, it may take 4 to 6 weeks before you see the full results.
Absolutely! Since the IPL treatment will target the deeper layers of your skin, it can safely be combined with other treatments that target the outmost layer of skin, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels. If you are interested in having additional treatments performed at Personique On the Spot, please bring up your goals during your consultation. The technician will be able to offer up their best suggestions on how to achieve your aesthetic desires.
Our technicians are very skilled and have the experience to ensure a safe treatment process, however, some possible side effects of the IPL Photofacial are:
While most of these side effects should disappear over time, if you experience any long-lasting or concerning reactions, please contact our office immediately.
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