Looking through a magazine and seeing the beautiful, blemished-free faces of celebrities can be daunting. How do they look so great? Here in Miami its common place to see stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Madonna eating at a local cafe. Celebrities aren’t the only ones that want to keep their skin young and youthful. The quest to have perfect skin is something that many men and women are willing to spend a fortune on. Unfortunately, as time goes on our skin becomes more thin and scarred by the signs of aging. A smooth, glowing complexion is something that we all want, but is hard to achieve even after following a meticulous skincare regimen.
Thank goodness for technology and advances in cosmetic medicine. Now, we can turn-back the hands of time with the help of procedures like Photorejuvenation, which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology. It works to reduce the appearance of some of the most common skin conditions, including sun spots, age spots, broken capillaries and melasma. This non-invasive skin procedure can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well. The best part about the procedure is there are limited side effects and most patients experience a quick recovery time.
IPL photo facials are commonly used to lighten and remove sun spots and age spots on the face, chest, neck and hands. It’s also often used to remove acne scarring and reduce redness that comes from rosacea, and dilated and broken blood vessels on the face, neck and chest. In regards to skin rejuvenation, IPL’s can help improve the skin’s texture through collagen stimulation and reduce pore size and oil production.
A photo facial treatment usually lasts 30-90 minutes, depending on the area and may cause mild discomfort. Most people are able to tolerate the removal of age spots, fine lines, acne scars and dilated blood vessels pretty easily. After the first treatment, patients usually notice that their skin appears clearer. When treating veins the skin may appear slightly red post-treatment for up to five days. Makeup can be applied carefully over the treated areas immediately after the procedure to cover redness. On rare occasions some bruising occurs, which can take a few weeks to fade.
When using IPL to treat freckles and age spots, patients can expect the areas to appear darker for a few days prior to fading. It usually takes 3-5 treatments before the age spots begin to clear. As with any type of laser or peel, patients must wear a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher after treatments to prevent sun damage.
While IPL’s are most commonly referred to as photo facials, there is another category to be aware of: LED (light-emitting diode) equipment. It is usually called light therapy, or LED treatment, but is sometimes referred to as a photo facial. It’s important to understand that IPL and LED are completely different, and offer varying results. An LED photo facial uses a narrow spectrum light to boost collagen, which firms the skin, giving it a younger appearance. It’s a very light treatment that leaves little to no redness or burning.
The pricing for both IPL’s and LED treatments can vary depending on the city and region. On average it costs between $300 and $500 to treat just the face. It usually takes a few treatments to reach the desired results. A photo facial treatment that includes the face, neck, and chest could cost anywhere from $800 to $1000. Like with any type of cosmetic procedure, make sure to find a qualified and licensed medical spa or physician for a consultation.