What does a Photofacial treat?
Dark Spots on the skin – we all have them. Skin pigmentation can take the form of freckles, age spots or larger patches of discoloration. These spots are caused by the excessive production of melanin in the skin. During your IPL treatment, the light penetrates through the skin and breaks up the pigment in the skin. The pigmented lesions heat up, turn darker, and then flake off in a few days, leaving a beautiful, more even toned complexion.
The IPL Photofacial is a gentle treatment method and is primarily used to encourage the formation of collagen and create a more youthful facial appearance. Collagen plumps up the skin’s structure, so wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed out and are made less noticeable. By promoting the production of collagen, your body is able to create more elasticity. This means that your skin will be tighter, smoother, and more youthful looking. While this treatment does in fact stimulate the production of collagen, you won’t receive the same dramatic facial results as opting for plastic surgery. These kinds of broad- spectrum facials still make it easy for a woman to look younger or enjoy a flawless complexion at a more affordable price. After all, we always joke about needing to find the fountain of youth, what are we going to do when we realize Whitlock Cosmetic Center of Tulsa has known for years and offers these services!
IPL Photofacials are recommended not only for those looking to turn back time. They’re also recommended for acne sufferers. This is because the technology works by producing flashes of light, which then triggers a biochemical response in your skin that will kill the acne causing bacteria inside the pores. The treatment will temporarily reduce facial oil production which will also aid in minimizing the size and visibility of facial prores. This treatment doubles as a treatment for pigmented acne scarring. Making this an all in one treatment! It normally takes a number of sessions to effectively kill acne bacteria, so it may take a few sessions to start seeing satisfactory results.
How many treatments do I need?
The best results are obtained by undergoing a series of IPL Photofacial treatments.
For hyperpigmentation/ anti aging or broken capillaries we recommend a series of 4-6 treatments, with 4 week intervals. With maintenance once every three months, or as desired.
For acne patients, we recommend a series of 6-10 treatments, coming into the office one to two times a week, depending on the severity.
No worries, this will all be determined during the initial consultation, after identifying the skin concern and severity of the treatment area.
Dr. Whitlock and his team working at Whitlock Cosmetic Center have a deep understanding of many different practices and procedures for cosmetic use.
If you believe an IPL Photofacial may benefit you, you’ll need to set up an appointment for a complimentary consultation.
What to expect during/after IPL Treatment
Before an IPL treatment, the facial area is cleansed and prepared with a topical anesthetic numbing cream for 10-15 minutes. Next, the cream will be removed and the skin will be cleansed again, and prepared with an ultrasonic gel solution. This way, we are able to defend against harmful bacteria, or irritation from finding its way into your healthy skin. The gel is replaced with a sunblock and moisturizer after the treatment is completed. Photofacial treatments typically take no longer than a half hour. Making this an easy lunch-break treatment. Consult with your Medical Aesthetician when deciding how many sessions you may need and how often you should be scheduling them. Our team is fully staffed, and have been highly trained for every procedure and surgery the Whitlock Cosmetic Center team offers.
After your scheduled treatment and following recovery, there may be some mild redness, irritation or swelling that could last 24 to 72 hours. Which, if desired, can easily be covered with makeup. Patients are able to return to work and resume their everyday activities immediately. Some discoloration may be seen if the treatment was indicated for hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and these areas will flake off within one to two weeks, we refer to this as “peppering” and is a desired result. In rare cases, some patients may bruise or blister. We do offer some assistance for those side effects. Cold compresses or ice packs are used, if needed. However, Photofacials usually don’t cause the recipient to experience any downtime or any needed recovery time as patients can return to work on the same day they received their treatment.
While you are on the website, you’ll notice a box in the bottom right corner that says, “Schedule your free consultation today”. That’s right the initial meeting is free! Here at Whitlock cosmetic center we are not only geared towards making you look and feel beautiful we also aim to educate you. We would like for you to have all the knowledge and feel at ease about the procedure you will be receiving. When it comes to cosmetic services, IPL Photofacial is one of the most highly sought- after procedures. During your consultation your physician will have a series of health related questions that will be asked. When needed, there may be some standard health tests required to ensure that you are healthy, and a good candidate for whatever procedure, treatment, or surgery you choose.