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Do facial blemishes like age spots, brown spots and sun damage concern you? Do you want to minimize the appearance of Rosacea? Or do you suffer from facial redness caused by broken capillaries that you want to improve? VITAHL Chicago offers a wide range of skin renewal options to treat these concerns. One treatment with special benefits is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial. This procedure can help restore your natural beauty and correct damage caused by the sun. This light-based therapy can also help improve the look and feel of your skin in short treatment sessions with minimal downtime and offer you great results.

What are Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacials?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacials are a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that can restore a patient’s natural beauty with limited downtime. Treatments consist of specifically designed light pulses customized to the patient’s specific skincare needs. The light pulses are absorbed by the pigmented spots on the skin, and the heating of the pigmented cells causes the pigment to break down. Heavily freckled skin and pigmented spots in discrete areas typically respond well to the treatment. Multiple treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve your desired results, and your results may vary depending on the specific condition being treated.

How do IPL Photofacials work?

IPL photofacials are a multi-step process. First, the designated treatment area is thoroughly cleansed to aid with absorption. Then a photosensitive medication is applied to and left to penetrate the skin. The treated area is then exposed to specific wavelengths of light, activating the photosensitive medication which helps destroy the damaged skin cells, targeting the hemoglobin and melanin in the vascular lesion. The light energy is then converted to heat, critically impairing the lesions which your body will then naturally clear from your skin.

What are the benefits of IPL Photofacials?

IPL Photofacials offer you a non-invasive treatment that can improve many common skin blemishes, and which you can have in most areas of your body. Treatments are fast, performed on an outpatient basis, offer little to no downtime, and give you long-lasting results. Also, several skin conditions can be treated at one time, offering you both convenience and value.

What side effects do IPL Photofacials have?

You may experience several temporary side effects as a result of having an IPL Photofacial treatment. These short-term side effects often include redness, mild swelling and the appearance of smaller capillaries closer to the skin. You can usually expect these symptoms to resolve within a few hours of treatment. In more rare cases, blistering of the skin, bleeding and hyper-pigmentation have been reported by some patients. In very rare cases, scarring has been reported.

What concern areas can IPL Photofacials treat?

An IPL Photofacial is an ideal treatment to improve the following skin concerns:

  • sun damage
  • age spots
  • dilated blood vessels
  • brown spots (hyperpigmentation)
  • Rosacea
  • facial redness caused by broken capillaries
  • certain types of lines and wrinkles

What areas can be treated?

Essentially anywhere on the body where you have sun damage, age spots and/or freckles can be treated. The most popular treatment areas are the face, shoulders, chest, and arms as these areas typically experience the most sun exposure.

Am I a candidate for an IPL Photofacial?

There are a few contraindications for IPL Photofacials which, if they are a part of your current pathology or medical history, may prevent you from having the treatment. These contraindications include open lesions on the skin, skin cancer, keloid formations (excessive, prominent scarring) and currently pregnant women. Talk to your VITAHL cosmetic medicine specialist about alternative treatments if you have these conditions.

What can I expect during my IPL Treatment session?

Treatment sessions typically last about 15 to 30 minutes and can easily be scheduled during lunch hours. VITAHL Chicago generally recommends three to five treatment sessions spaced four weeks apart for optimum results. During your treatment, VITAHL Chicago will provide you with protective eyewear to ensure that the intense light delivered during the treatment does not harm your eyes. Topical anesthetics are not necessary for IPL Photofacials, but you can discuss options during your consultation if you have sensitive skin, or you are concerned about pain. After your treatment, you can immediately return to your plans for the day.

What will I see the results of my treatment?

You may experience some slight redness similar to a sunburn immediately following treatment. This typically subsides within about a day. Your skin will engage in its natural healing process after the procedure is over, and the full effects of your treatment will become evident over a few days following your IPL Photofacial.

How long will the results last?

Your treated skin spots will lighten or disappear after your IPL Photofacial treatment. However, new spots can always appear on your skin from the same causes which brought on your initial concerns. To help combat this, VITAHL recommends liberally applying sunscreen when outdoors to keep sun damage and the appearance of new spots to an absolute minimum. On average, you can expect to enjoy your improved results for six months to one year. You may require follow-up treatments to maintain your results anywhere from six to 12 months after your initial procedure, based on your individual experience.

Why Choose Vitahl For Your IPL Photofacial Treatment

Interested in finding out if IPL Photofacials can help you achieve your aesthetic goals? Contact VITAHL Chicago today to schedule a consultation. The staff at VITAHL Medical Aesthetics has been nationally recognized as one of the most experienced laser and injectable practices in the country, and we pride ourselves on the deep experience of our team. Our locations have been recognized in the top 1% of Botox® providers in the country and have been named a 5-star beauty destination by New Beauty Magazine. Also, our practice-wide goal is to offer our patients the highest level of customized care and customer service and the finest, non-invasive procedures available to help you look your very best.

Call VITAHL Medical Aesthetics today at 312-634-6100 and speak to one of our cosmetic medicine specialists about whether an IPL Photofacial treatment can meet your cosmetic needs and learn about options to treat other concern areas you may have as well. You can start looking your best again today with VITAHL!