IPL Photofacial Specialist


Aesthetics Medicine & Family Practice located in El Cajon, CA

Imagine your brightest, most even skin tone. If you’ve spent time in the sun or live with rosacea, you might think it’s out of reach — but IPL photofacials can help you unlock more even and balanced skin. To learn more, contact the team at SKIN X LASER AESTHETIC STUDIO 109 in El Cajon, California.

IPL Photofacial Q & A

What is an IPL photofacial?

An IPL photofacial is a quick, effective procedure designed to treat skin tone irregularities. It uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. The light’s wavelength targets unwanted pigments of a certain color. Those pigments absorb the light, which causes them to break apart. Eventually, the pigments are pushed to the surface of skin and flake off, revealing brighter, more even skin underneath.

What types of skin discoloration can an IPL photofacial treat?

IPL can be used to break up unwanted pigment in the skin resulting from a number of different skin conditions. Those include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Broken capillaries
  • Freckles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Vascular redness
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Skin lesions

What parts of the body can IPL treat?

IPL is most commonly used in a photofacial to target discoloration of the skin on the face. Its uses extend well beyond the face, though. Intense pulsed light can break up pigment virtually anywhere on the body, including the neck, hands, shoulders, and back. This safe, light-based treatment is versatile and can be used anywhere you want more even skin.

Are the results of an IPL photofacial immediate?

The actual IPL photofacial treatment is very quick, usually around 30 minutes. It takes time, however, for the pigment that’s been pulsed with light to break apart and for your skin to push it out. Generally, you will notice a coffee-ground like material flaking off the face in between three to seven days. That’s the pigment your body is pushing from your skin so you can get your most even, brightest skin tone.

Some patients will see the results they want after one treatment, but others may choose to repeat the IPL photofacial to continue removing unwanted pigment from the skin. Optimal results can usually be achieved in three to five sessions, spaced about a month apart.

For more information about IPL photofacials, or to set up an appointment, contact SKIN & LASER AESTHETICS in El Cajon, California.