Over time, the skin will begin to show age. Harsh effects from years of sun damage, wind, chemicals, and smoking, coupled with genetics and the normal aging process, can erase the skin’s youthful laxity. Large pores, rough areas, and dark spots add years onto the appearance; but Plastic Surgery Associates and Allegro Medical Spa have a solution: the IPL photo facial.
Santa Rosa’s IPL photo facial treatments are designed for individuals who are looking for a non-surgical way to improve skin tone and texture. The treatment reduces dark areas and age spots, while encouraging the natural production of collagen, dramatically improving the skin’s appearance. Women are coming to Sonoma County to halt the signs of early aging with the noninvasive, IPL photo facial treatment.
The IPL Facial:
The intense pulsed light facial, also referred to as IPL, is a nonsurgical treatment created to improve the appearance of freckles, age spots, and large pores. IPL is perfect for those patients who are ready to reverse years of sun damage, but are not yet in need of a more invasive procedure. The most commonly treated areas include the face and hands, but IPL can be used to improve the appearance of any area affected by sun damage, including the arms, legs, and back. In addition, the IPL laser can also be used for hair reduction and the elimination of dark veins.
IPL can improve the look of:
- Sun damaged skin
- Age spots and sun-induced freckles
- Brown pigmentation
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Broken capillaries
The Ideal Candidate for IPL in Napa Valley:
Anyone who has started to see the early signs of aging, including age spots and broken capillaries, can benefit from IPL treatments. The ideal candidate will be in good health, understand the treatment process, and hold realistic expectations for the results. Both men and women, of any skin type or ethnicity, can experience safe and effective results with IPL therapy.
The IPL Procedure:
An IPL treatment takes about 30 minutes to perform, in one of Plastic Surgery Associates’ comfortable, private treatment rooms. During the procedure, an esthetician will use a small hand piece to gently glide across the skin, delivering the light therapy. The short pulses of broadband light, delivered at different wavelengths, are absorbed by the melanin in the skin. The surrounding, healthy tissues are unaffected during an IPL treatment. As the dark tissue or veins absorb the light, they will break down, and are then safely reabsorbed by the body.
The benefits from an IPL treatment will take between one and two weeks to be fully noticeable, as the body rids itself of the excess melanin. Dark spots will slowly flake off, as the IPL therapy encourages the healthy, lower layers of skin to move to the surface. For optimal results, between four and six IPL treatments are normally required, depending on the extent of correction needed. After which time, to prolong the results of IPL, maintenance sessions are recommended.
While the IPL procedure can produce significant results on its own, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas may recommend other, complimentary procedures to achieve maximum, skin rejuvenation. Tighter, smoother skin, and the elimination of fine lines or wrinkles, can be reached by the addition of a Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing procedure, Ultherapy, or Botox Cosmetic.
Recovery from IPL Therapy:
The IPL photo facial treatment does not require any downtime. Patients can expect to return to work or school immediately after their procedure. There are also no restrictions after an IPL treatment; make can be reapplied and exercise can be resumed that same day. Patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen at all times, however, to protect their IPL results. Minor swelling or mild redness may occur over the first 24 hours, although these will quickly fade.
Get the IPL Facial you deserve in Santa Rosa:
When you are thinking of facial rejuvenation, not just any physician or medical spa will do. Plastic Surgery Associates can boast years of experience with the IPL facial procedure, and hundreds of satisfied patients. Call our Napa Valley office to schedule a free, online consultation at 707.537.2111. To get more information on the IPL facial, watch real patient’s testimonies, and even to learn about Santa Rosa’s renowned surgeons, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas.
What is IPL at Plastic Surgery Associates?
Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is a noninvasive treatment designed to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, and sun damage.
What areas can be treated with IPL?
An IPL treatment can be used on almost any sun damaged area of the skin. The most commonly treated areas include the face and hands, although the arms, legs, neck, and back can benefit from IPL, as well.
Am I a good candidate for IPL at Plastic Surgery Associates?
Both men and women, frustrated by freckles, age spots, sun damage, or rosacea can benefit from an IPL treatment. The ideal patient will be in good, overall health and hold realistic expectations for their IPL results.
How long does an IPL treatment take to perform?
An IPL treatment will last less than 30 minutes in one of Plastic Surgery Associates’ comfortable treatment rooms.
What are the possible risks of an IPL photo facial?
Plastic Surgery Associates’ IPL treatments are considered safe and effective for most patients. There is the slight risk for redness or hypopigmentation to occur, but areas will normally fade over the following week.
IPL at a Glance:
|Purpose:||IPL will dissolve areas of increased melanin that occur from sun damage, including age spots and freckles. As the light therapy encourages the production of collagen, the skin’s texture will improve, as well; reducing large pores and acne scars.|
|Procedure:||The esthetician will glide the small IPL hand piece across the skin, delivering concentrated beams of light and gently warming deep layers of tissue. Dark areas of melanin will absorb the light, while areas of healthy skin remain unharmed. Discoloration and broken capillaries will dissolve after treatment. For patient comfort, a topical anesthetic may be applied before treatment.|
|Recovery:||IPL requires little to no downtime. Patients are back to their routine immediately after treatment. There are no restrictions after IPL therapy, meaning makeup can be worn and exercise resumed.|
|Results:||Patients can expect their IPL treatment to provide improved skin tone and texture. Areas of melanin will dissolve, and the skin’s natural collagen levels are increased. A series of four to six IPL treatments will be required for optimal skin rejuvenation results.|
|Related Procedures:||Ultherapy™ Skin Tightening, Fraxel® Laser Skin Resurfacing|