Foto-Facial - IPL
Thanks for visiting Dermacare’s website. I’m Dr. Michelle Barnes and I hope the following information can help you in making your best decision. Specially used to treat the appearance aged and sun damaged skin, Intense pulsed light (IPL Laser Treatment) or Photofacial is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light. Treatments can be performed on the face, neck, chest and hands and required little or no downtime. There is a very high degree of patient satisfaction with this very predictable and safe type of therapy.
IPL - Foto Facial Rosacea age & Sun damage
What are the specific indications for Intense Pulsed Light treatment (Photofacial)?
  • sun and age spots
  • red acne scars
  • increased pores size
  • broken capillaries
  • facial redness
  • brown spots
  • spider veins
  • fine lines
  • flushing
  • rosacea
  • wrinkles
  • freckles

How does it work and what is the IPL treatment like?
IPL therapy is considered non-ablative, meaning that the top layer of the skin remains intact, thus the treatment is performed without the need for downtime. During the Photofacial, a hand piece is gently glided over the skin during the 20 minute procedure. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The body's natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance. During the week after the treatment one will notice flaking off of the sun spots and decreasing redness, revealing younger, more vibrant skin

How many IPL Laser treatments are required, at what interval and when can I expect to see results?
The number of treatments required depends on the severity of conditions being treated but typically 3-4 treatments are performed, spaced about one month apart. Results become apparent even after the first treatment.

What are the contraindications for treatment?
IPL treatments should not be performed on a patient that is pregnant, has active cold sores or an infection in the skin. Tanning should be avoided prior to the treatment as this may increase the risk of a complication. The risk for side effects in patients that have darker skin types is higher and in these patients we generally advise alternative treatments (see next section). A history of keloidal scarring also presents a risk for any laser or IPL treatment.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common, chronic condition of the face characterized by redness, flushing, dilated blood vessels and frequently-developing pustules and swelling. IPL treatments are very effective in reducing the signs of rosacea and are often performed in combination with SilkPeel or Vi Peel. . The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea - such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations - are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable, although it can be treated with topical and oral medications, intense pulse light or laser therapy.

Age Spots, Moles, Skin Irregularities

With the IPL and our lasers we are able to treat the offending tissue without disrupting the surrounding area. The laser 'vaporizes ' only the unwanted tissue, by heating the water in each cell. The tissue is thus removed with little scarring. This procedure is far more precise than the use of liquid nitrogen for the removal of rough patches of skin or sun spots (age spots, liver spots, brown spots). This precision allows for removal of these blemishes with greater effectiveness and less discomfort. Skin tags are treated very quickly with these lasers as well. Multiple tags can be done in a very short time with no bleeding. The recovery time from one of these procedures is relatively short. Depending on the size of the lesion healing can take place in 3-7 days. We recommend that treated areas are kept covered with antibiotic ointment during the recovery phase. After the area is healed it may appear slightly pinkish for the next few weeks while the process continues to completion. Typically these procedures are painless, but in some cases local anesthesia is required. The results from the procedure are obtained instantly. One treatment is required in the majority of cases. Other alternatives for treating sun spots include the Medlite C6 Q switched Nd:Yag laser (safe for patients with darker skin), Fraxel laser and Portrait PSR.