Another of the aesthetic services available at our office in Mississauga, an IPL Photofacial is a laser-like treatment that utilizes light in a discrete range of wavelengths to reverse signs of aging from sun damage.
Over time, all of us suffer some degree of skin damage due to repeated exposure to UV radiation. This results in change of skin texture, unevenness of pigment, discoloration, freckles, broken blood vessels and brown spots. IPL targets discolored brown or red areas, thereby improving skin texture and color. Patients report a tighter, more even toned complexion, with reduced pore size.
IPL is also useful as a treatment for acne, especially when performed with the use of Levulan, a topical cream that increases sensitivity to light. There is some literature to suggest IPL may also have benefit for rosacea sufferers. Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by acne-like breakouts, broken blood vessels, redness, and flushing. In some cases, IPL may improve redness and broken blood vessels, as well as reduce the frequency of breakouts.
To learn more about IPL Photofacial at our Mississauga practice, call our office at 905-273-3045 (Mississauga) or 416-207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointment onlinerequest an appointment online. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.
A Better IPL Photofacial
At our practice, we offer our IPL patients the following benefits:
- Technology – We use a powerful laser that treats the target area and avoids damage to the surrounding skin.
- Safety – IPL treatments are performed by a registered nurse or medical aesthetician for a safe and effective treatment.
- Comfort – At Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Clinic, you'll enjoy our soothing spa setting together with our medical-grade technology.
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IPL Photofacial Procedure
Before treatment you may be advised to take an antiviral medication if you are prone to cold sores as a precaution to prevent an outbreak. Your skin will be cleansed and you will be provided a pair of goggles to protect your eyes. Sometimes a special topical agent called Levulan is applied to the skin prior to treatment. The treatment lasts 20 to 30 minutes depending on the area treated (for example face versus décolletage). During this time, pulses of light energy are delivered to the treated area. A minor stinging sensation may be experienced during treatment. Best results are seen with a series of treatments, from 3 to 6. IPL can also be combines with other treatments, including medical facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels in a personalized beauty program to best address your needs.
IPL Photofacial Cost
The size and number of areas to be treated will be decided on during your consultation. For example face and chest are common areas. Cost depends on number of treated areas and number of treatments. You'll appreciate our competitive package prices for multiple areas and treatments, which are always available to reduce cost and make treatment more affordable.
After Your Procedure
Some redness may occur after treatment. Brown spots may crust and flake off in the first day or two. Aftercare includes wearing sun screen and avoiding sun exposure. There is no downtime and patients can resume normal activities immediately.
IPL is best for people with light skin color, and should not be used on sun tanned skin, or in dark-skinned individuals. Often, a series of 4 to 6 treatments, carried out every 2 to 4 weeks, are recommended, followed by yearly maintenance treatments. Dramatic improvements can be seen in markedly sun damaged skin. A photo facial in Toronto and Mississauga has the added benefit of stimulating collagen production to further counteract skin aging.