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How does IPL work?

IPL is a broad-spectrum light therapy that works by delivering multiple wavelengths of light energy to target brown and red skin blemishes. The IPL energy is attracted to the pigment-producing cells, targeting and destroying them because they can't handle the energetic attention. The treatment improves skin tone by reducing the brown and red skin imperfections within the treatment area. The result? Fresh, healthy, evenly-toned skin.

What Does an IPL Photofacial Feel Like?

An IPL photofacial is very tolerable and feels like a warm sensation with a mild rubber band pinch. The treatment is extremely well tolerated, and our patients who have had services elsewhere report our IPL treatment produced much better results and was a better overall experience. Imagine your skin looking fresh, evenly-toned, and free from unsightly flaws – that’s what an IPL Photofacial can do when performed by our experts at Skintegrity.

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Am I a Good Candidate for an IPL Photofacial?

Although the IPL Photofacial laser sees pigments, it can't distinguish between pigments, so it is essential for a more conservative approach for dark skin types. With an experienced provider, the treatment has virtually no side effects. However, the treatment requires that patients avoid the sun, self-tanner, retinol, and photosensitizing antibiotics for one-week pre & post treatment. All in all, if you suffer from any of the following skin conditions, you may be a good candidate for an IPL Photofacial:

  • Age spots
  • Sun spot
  • Liver spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Pigmented acne scarring
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
  • Spider veins
  • Redness or skin flushing
  • Freckles
  • Vascular birthmarks (telangiectasias)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne-prone skin

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How many treatments will I need?

As with all non-invasive cosmetic laser services, you will need a series of treatments to achieve optimal results. IPL Photofacials have a scientifically supported and proven protocol of 3-5 treatments. Our patient care consultant will meet with you to assess your skin care, condition, and ultimately, recommend the number of treatments needed to achieve your aesthetic goals.

What Is the Recovery Time from an IPL Photofacial?

The recovery time from an IPL treatment is minimal, and barely noticeable. IPL photofacials are considered to be a no-downtime treatment and are often referred to as a lunchtime procedure. Following treatment, your skin may be red and slightly swollen, depending upon the severity of the skin condition being treated and the treatment settings used.

In the days and weeks to follow, the treated spots may get darker momentarily, but can be covered with mineral make-up from Oxygenetix directly after the procedure. The dark pigmented cells that come to the surface will start to flake off like dry skin. To speed up this exfoliation process, we suggest a micro peel two weeks after the photofacial. Each visit, you will see more and more pigmentation disappear, revealing more radiant and evenly-toned, glowing skin!

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Why choose Skintegrity for an IPL photofacial?

At Skintegrity MedSpa, located in Kirkland, just minutes from Bellevue and Seattle, we have expert providers of the IPL Photofacial treatment and we've performed thousands of successful services. Our experience has taught us that alternating IPL treatments with micro-peels at two-week intervals delivers the best results. Our results set us apart from our competition, and our ethical standards set us apart from everyone.

What is the best way to get rid of age spots?

Our Lumecca and Max G IPL treatments are two of the industry's most effective technologies. If you have age spots, it is likely the result of an excess of sun exposure. Many of us spent our summer hours working on a golden tan, going for that healthy-looking glow. Unfortunately, an excess of sun exposure leads to sun damage, with visible sunspots, age spots, freckles, and other types of hyperpigmentation. An IPL photofacial restores even skin tone, leaving skin discolorations a thing of the past. Sun exposure is a significant factor in skin discolorations, but genetics and other factors such as previous acne or scars make some people more prone to hyperpigmentation.

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During your consultation, our goal is to accurately assess your skin and ensure you are a good candidate for the IPL Photofacial. At that time, we will answer any questions you have and customize a treatment plan that fits your schedule, budget, and expectations. Please send us an email or give us a call—you won't be sorry!

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