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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatments involve the use of a handheld device that emits intense bursts of light over a wide spectrum of both visible and infrared waves. If you are dealing with skin problems like sun damage, aging skin, scars, and more, you may benefit from the safe and effective IPL photofacial in Grapevine. If you're in the Southlake or Grapevine area, visit us today.

What It Treats

An IPL photofacial can treat a wide range of skin conditions, including:

  • Freckles
  • Blemishes
  • Sun damage
  • Skin redness
  • Spider veins
  • Rosaceae
  • Abnormal pigmentation
woman with clear skin after her ipl photofacial grapevine
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How it works

The pulsed light penetrates the skin, rapidly transforming into thermal energy that targets cells producing melanin, which create skin pigment. It also targets the tiny blood vessels called capillaries, which can produce skin redness.

Your body responds to the heating effect produced by the IPL photofacial by replacing old, damaged skin cells with new ones. The treatment stimulates the formation of new collagen to renew the appearance of your skin, leaving you with a more even skin tone and more youthful, radiant skin.

Best candidates

An IPL photofacial is ideal for those with white complexions. It also helps those who have skin with blotches, abnormal discoloration and sun damage.

Those with naturally dark or highly tanned skin are not normally suitable candidates for the IPL photofacial because the treatment could cause unpredictable changes to their skin pigment. Those taking the drug Accutane also do not make strong candidates for the treatment.

If you are pregnant, your provider may advise you to wait until you've given birth before getting an IPL photofacial treatment.

What to expect

Your IPL photofacial in Grapevine begins with your provider cleansing your skin. They would then apply a cool gel to intensify the effects of the IPL device.

Next, they would move the pulsed light across your skin in a grid pattern, covering all of the treatment area. They can perform several passes over the same area, depending upon your treatment plan.

IPL Photofacial Recovery Timeline

The following is what can be generally expected when your skin is remodeling and healing from an IPL photofacial:

First Three Days

You are going to notice some skin redness and inflammation in the area of treatment for the first three days or so. As soon as this inflammation has faded, your skin will begin remodeling and rejuvenating itself.

You may want to sleep in a position where you will not rub or rest your face against your pillow, which could put pressure on the area of treatment.

The Next Month

Your skin redness and swelling should have long since faded by now. You will also notice most of your results by this time.

First Three Months

IPL photofacials stimulate the production of collagen, which should peak in about three months after your treatment. You may also notice some additional improvement for up to 12 months after your initial treatment session.

Bonus Recovery Tips

Continue using a good sunscreen for a couple of months after your IPL photofacial in Grapevine. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can damage the newly formed collagen in your skin, hindering your progress.

Avoid applying makeup or anything other than the most basic topical skincare products while your skin is still tender. Certain kinds of cosmetics and harsh chemicals make your skin more vulnerable to irritation, infection and scarring.

If you should experience any problems, or if your skin is not healing as expected, don't hesitate to contact your Genesis Lifestyle Medicine provider at any time for their recommendations.

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