Sun damage, discoloration, and acne are frustrating, but you may be hesitant to undergo chemical peels or laser resurfacing.
An IPL photofacial is a fast, noninvasive procedure that eliminates mild cosmetic blemishes from your skin.
What makes IPL photofacials such a good option?
Treatment Rejuvenates Your Skin With Less Risk Than Alternatives
Treatment is delivered via concentrated pulses of light, so no tissue is removed. As a result, you can return to your normal routine immediately after your appointment.
While the exact time varies, you can expect to spend no more than an hour at the office. Patients with busy schedules can even come in during their lunch break.
An Incredibly Popular Treatment Option
IPL Photofacials Usually Cost Several Hundred Dollars
For most patients, the biggest hurdle to an IPL photofacial is the price: a single session typically costs between $500 and $600. While insurance doesn't typically cover cosmetic procedures, most doctors offer payment plans or accept financing. These options can break the total treatment cost into manageable portions spread out over several months. A photofacial is usually less expensive than chemical peels, priced at $400 to $900, and is cheaper than laser skin resurfacing, which can cost between $1,000 to $2,000.
What to Expect At Your Appointment
IPL photofacials clear up and refine your appearance by encouraging the growth of new blood vessels and collagen below the skin's surface. During a typical appointment, the IPL specialist will:
Provide protective eyewear: Sunglasses or goggles will be used to protect your eyes from bright flashes emitted by the IPL handpiece.
Apply cool gel: This substance not only lubricates the handpiece for smooth, comfortable application, but also cools the skin during treatment to ensure your comfort.
Administer treatment: The specialist will move the handpiece over the treatment area to deliver pulses of light over the skin. Patients often compare the sensation to a light snap from a rubber band.
Ice the treatment area: While it is not usually necessary, ice may be used to soothe sensitive skin and minimize irritation.
Each session takes between a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
A Number of Alternatives
If you are worried about cost, or if your condition is more serious, there are several other cosmetic treatments to consider. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing can eliminate even severe acne or sun damage for the right patients, and sometimes at a lower cost than IPL photofacials. However, these options exfoliate the skin, so patients may need to set aside time to heal.
IPL photofacials are a popular noninvasive option for achieving smooth, youthful-looking skin. Reach out to your doctor to discuss whether the treatment is right for you.