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IPL Photofacial

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At Skin Spectrum in Tucson, Arizona, skin rejuvenation with intense pulsed light (IPL) can help you have younger looking skin. These treatments, also called photofacial or fotofacial, are so gentle, you won't need to take time out for recovery. The improvements are so gradual, you're the only one who needs to know what's helping you look more radiant than before.

If you're ready to enhance the health and appearance of your skin, visit the cosmetic dermatology leaders at Skin Spectrum. To find out more about the IPL photofacial in Tucson, AZ, request a cosmetic consultation online or call (520) 797-8885.

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With all of the breakouts on my face, my self-esteem has taken a nosedive. How quickly can I achieve a healthy complexion?
–MADISON, Tucson

Most topical and oral treatments can take six to eight weeks to improve the skin. There are tricks to make the skin look better faster. Acne cysts can be injected to quickly flatten them and shorten the red/brown discoloration that follows. The redness and ruddiness also can be lightened or alleviated with new light or laser sources. Texture changes and scarring can be dramatically improved with a non-invasive laser.


What is IPL?

IPL photofacials use light to rejuvenate the skin without harming the surface of the skin. These treatments provide a non-invasive therapy that leads to healthier looking skin by erasing unwanted pigmentation, excessive redness, small broken blood vessels, and reducing pore size. The additional color in the skin (melanin in brown areas or blood cells in red areas) absorbs the light energy, which damages the structures and causes them to eventually be absorbed by the body. The IPL therapy can be used on any area of the body to erase the signs of sun damage.

What are the potential benefits of IPL?

IPL results in healthier appearing skin with a more even skin tone and texture. These treatments are used to provide a variety of benefits, which include:

  • Reducing unwanted pigmentation such as brown spots, freckles, poikiloderma of Civatte (red and brown blotches on the neck), and melasma.
  • Softening excessive redness on the skin as seen with rosacea, small blood vessels, and acne scarring.
  • Improving skin texture, tone, and pore size.

We can give you more noticeable rejuvenation, in addition to significantly improving all the things IPL does, with UltraPulse MaxFX™ laser resurfacing treatments, which penetrate deeper into the skin. The MaxFX does involve recovery time. These various options are discussed during your personalized skin consult at Skin Spectrum.

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How is an IPL photofacial performed?

During the treatment, eye shields will be placed over the eyes to protect them from the bright light. A cold gel will be applied to the treatment area. The smooth, cold surface of the IPL lens will be placed on the gel covered skin and the pulses of light will then be applied. You will see a bright flash of light, even though the eyes are covered and protected, and feel a sting like a mild to moderate rubber band snap. The procedure is usually well tolerated, with numbing cream rarely needed. A machine called the Zimmer gently sprays cool air on the skin during treatment to also minimize any discomfort. The length of the procedure depends on the areas being treated. The time needed to treat the entire face is usually just 15 to 20 minutes.

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How many treatments will be needed?

Most people require 3 to 5 treatments for optimal improvement. Treatments can be done as soon as 3 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the skin condition being treated. Some conditions and skin types respond more quickly to treatment than others.

How much downtime should be expected?

Downtime is dependent on the aggressiveness of the treatment. We recommend aggressive treatments for better and quicker results. Downtime varies with everyone, as some skin is more sensitive than others. A typical course of healing would involve some pinkness and mild swelling for 1 to 2 days. Brown pigment will be pulled to the surface of the skin, resulting in brown speckles resembling coffee grounds (crusting). This light crusting is not raised, and gently fades away in about 7 days on the face, and 14 days on the rest of the body. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and most patients continue to work during their healing period.

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