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What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Also known as a "photofacial" treatment it delivers broadband light through the skin for Skin rejuvenation. IPL helps restore a youthful looking skin intended for photo aged or sun damaged skin. It helps decrease facial redness, lessen the appearance of pigmented spots, help improve acne, reduce pore size and improve texture and fine lines.
How does IPL work?
IPL delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is non-ablative, meaning that is does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched. We use the Lumenis Quantum IPL Brand.
What are the advantages of IPL?
IPL can eradicate red facial veins & flushing, improve acne rosacea, treat irregular pigmentation, dark sun spots, and reduce fine facial lines.
Who is a good candidate for IPL?
Patients with rosacea, red flushed faces secondary to acne rosacea, facial blood vessels and capillaries, sun damaged skin, pigmented facial spots and enlarged pores. Difficult to control acne breakouts
How do I properly prepare for a session?
Please AVOID sun tanning or direct sun exposure 2 weeks before the treatment. Try to avoid abrasive skin products on the treated area for 2-5 days before the treatments , such as Retin-A, retinols, alpha hydroxys, glycolics. Let us know if you are pregnant, or have a history of cold sores. Tell us if you are taking any photosensitive medications, such as tetracycline.
Who is NOT a good candidate for IPL?
Darker complexions, tanned skin, spray tans or recently tanned skin individuals are generally not good candidates for the treatment. Men who wish to have facial treatments, should note the beard /mustache area can have patchy hair loss after a session, so may not want to treat this area where regular facial hair grows.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Face, neck and hands.
When do patients have treatments?
Patients should undergo a series 3-4 IPL treatments. Treatments are administered every 3-4 weeks. Each treatment session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, depending on treated areas.
How is the treatment performed?
During treatment, a cool gel is applied to the treated area, then a pulse of light similar to a rubber band snap is emitted from the handpiece. Generally no local anesthetic is required as most individuals tolerate the treatment well. After the session you may have some redness and feel like a sunburn for the rest of the day, but there is NO DOWNTIME as individual return to work the following day
How quickly do patients see results?
After one or two treatments, your skin will have more even tone and a smoother look and feel. Sunspots will start to fade and pores can become less apparent. Fine lines and wrinkles may soften over time. These improvements continue with each treatment. Patient with acne rosacea will see a reduction in facial redness as a result of each treatment.
What are the side effects?
Post-treatment pinkness and mild discomfort like a sunburn sensation for a few hours . Areas treated may be prone to hyperpigmentation ( darking of the skin). Avoidance of the sun and wearing sunscreen daily are advised. Because all individuals are different, we generally will begin your sessions at a more conservative level then progressively increase the treatment levels. This will minimize any unwanted side effects and any potential skin burns, yet develop an ideal treatment protocol for each individual
What is the cost per session?
Each session for the face is $300 . Discounted packages of 3 are $750. If you are looking to control acne, we offer a Acne Triple Package which involves several IPL sessions along with chemical peels and a topical prescribed medication $850 for the package.
Before/After IPL photos (Stock Photos)
Below is a before/After of someone who did our Acne Triple Package
Before Before 2 months After
What products may enhance IPL treatments?
We suggest you apply a high SPF sunscreen containing UVA and UVB protection over all treated areas daily. For your convenience you may purchase SkinCeuticalsí Sheer Physical UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 containing zinc and titanium for maximized protection. For rosacea maintenance, we suggest Redness Neutralizer corrector. The corrector is used in conjunction with your IPL treatments by preventing redness flare-ups, cooling irritation, and restoring skin clarity. For dark spots and discoloration, use of Advanced Pigment Corrector. The corrector will work in conjunction to your laser treatments to fade stubborn discoloration, enhance resistance to new pigment, and improve luminosity for renewed radiance. Ask our staff for more information on our SkinCeuticals line and to receive a FREE VISIA digital skin analysis valued at $100.
WATCH IPL-PHOTOFACIAL TREATMENT VIDEO EFFECTS AND BENEFITS
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2311 M St NW suite 402
between 23rd & 24th on M street
Pentagon City Mall: (202) 621-8675
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