IPL or Intense Pulsed Light Treatment or photofacials are becoming more and more popular, because they are quick, easy and relatively painless. If you are someone who has blotches on your face, redness, unsightly capillary veins, or even acne scaring then you can benefit from IPL treatments.

The Procedure

IPL is Intense Pulsed Light treatment or photofacials. This procedure applies a broad spectrum of light that penetrates deep within the skin, targeting pigment and vascular imperfections. The results of this process are a more even skin color and texture.

Conditions that can be treated with IPL include:

• Rosacea

• Sun damage

• Age spots

• Freckles - anywhere on the body

• Broken capillaries

• Fine lines and wrinkles

• Brown spots

• Melasma

• Flushing

• Redness

An IPL treatment takes about 30 minutes and sometimes a topical numbing cream may be applied before treatment. The number of sessions required will depend upon your skin tone and the extent of pigmented and vascular lesions as well as the amount of sun damage that you have. For most people they have 3 to 5 sessions.

After treatment your face may be a little red for a few hours but will dissipate rapidly. The pigmented areas of your skin will be darker immediately following the procedure, but they will flake over the week following your procedure. You will be able to resume all of your normal activities and work immediately following your procedure.

For more information about IPL you should contact a cosmetic surgeon in your area. Whether its IPL or another cosmetic procedure, a doctor in your area can help you decide what treatment options are best for you.

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