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If you are unhappy with the appearance of your skin because of problems like photoaging, scars, and blemishes, you should consider undergoing an IPL photofacial in Fort Worth. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which involves the use of a handheld device to emit high-intensity light bursts over damaged skin.

What It Treats

IPL photofacials are able to treat a wide range of skin conditions all at once. Some of the most commonly used areas of treatment are for:

  • Spider veins
  • Birthmarks
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rosacea
woman with clear skin after her ipl photofacial fort worth
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Best candidates

IPL photofacials are a noninvasive procedure that can treat a wide range of conditions. The procedure itself is quite gentle, fast, and requires little to no downtime, which is perfect for those who have busy schedules.

The IPL photofacial is a great treatment option for anyone dealing with skin blotches, sun damage, abnormal skin pigmentation, and more. The best candidates have light-toned skin with some elasticity.

Unfortunately, the IPL photofacial is not for everyone. Specifically, those with tanned or naturally dark skin could experience permanent changes to their skin pigment. The light targets darker melanin, so this rules out these individuals, although other treatment options are available.

What to expect

When you arrive for your IPL photofacial in Fort Worth, you will be escorted to a treatment room and provided with eye protection to protect your eyes from the pulsed light when the device is in use.

Your provider will clean the treatment area using a mild soap. If you are concerned about your comfort during the treatment, your provider can apply a topical numbing cream, although this is not normally needed.

Next, your provider will apply a cool gel to the area being treated and gently press the pulsed light device against your skin. The part coming into contact with your skin is made from glass and contains the light source.

It is normal to experience a minor stinging sensation as the pulsed light reaches your skin, not unlike the feeling of a small rubber band snapping against your skin. You may notice some minor swelling and redness shortly after the light pulses come into contact with your skin.

Each light pulse lasts only a tiny fraction of a second, but this will be enough to eventually cover the entire treatment area. Your treatment should last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. After your IPL photofacial in Fort Worth is complete, your provider will wipe off the gel and gently wash the treatment area using a warm cloth. They may also apply a moisturizer and sunscreen, as your skin will be somewhat tender at first.

IPL Photofacial Recovery Timeline

For most people, recovering from an IPL photofacial is fast and uncomplicated.

First 24 Hours

It is normal to experience some minor skin redness and tenderness in the first 24 hours or so after an IPL photofacial. This is an indication that your body is responding as expected to the treatment by initiating a healing cascade that will eventually result in improved skin.

First Week

You will be noticing some initial results during the first week after your IPL photofacial, as your skin begins the remodeling process, resulting in the stimulation of new collagen and fresh skin tissue with fewer imperfections.

Be sure to use a good moisturizer and sunscreen to protect your skin during this time, as it will be somewhat more susceptible to injury while it is healing.

Avoid picking at your skin or pulling at flaking skin. Let your body go through its healing process without interference.

Next Few Months

Most of your results should be noticed within the first few weeks after your IPL photofacial in Fort Worth. However, your skin will continue to heal and remodel over the course of the next few months.

If you have any questions or concerns during any phase of your recovery, feel free to reach out to your Genesis Lifestyle Medicine provider in Fort Worth at any time.

If you will be going outside while you are recovering from your IPL photofacial, make sure that you wear a good sunscreen over the treatment area to protect your skin. It is also a good idea to use a non-irritating moisturizer, as treated skin has a tendency to dry out, leaving it more vulnerable to damage.

If skin in the treated area has become swollen, you can help minimize it by applying a cold compress.

Another important point is that now is not the time to begin experimenting with exotic skin care products. Use only what your provider recommended for your skin and what you know works well with your individual skin type.

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