Say Hello to Bright, Even-Toned Skin
If you’re looking for a facial to fight sun damage, acne, and red spots, then an IPL photofacial at SkynBar of Atlanta in Buckhead is for you. The IPL photofacial is great for overall photo rejuvenation and is the secret for bright, even-toned skin. At SkynBar of Atlanta, we use the IPL photofacial to treat the face, neck, and chest. We can also provide spot treatments and reverse sun damage and brown spots.
What is an IPL Photofacial?
IPL is short for “intense pulsed light.” During an IPL photofacial at SkynBar of Atlanta, your aesthetician will precisely calibrate a light-emitting device to target specific skin concerns or to deliver comprehensive full-face rejuvenation. The light pulses are then absorbed by the pigment – or melanin – and red blood cells in the skin, which, in turn, generate heat. This heat acts like a superficial injury to your skin but doesn’t cause any lasting damage. The IPL photofacial activates your skin’s natural healing processes without harming delicate dermal tissue.
As your skin heals and repairs itself, it produces an abundance of skin-firming proteins – such as collagen and elastin. This allows your skin to shed its dull, damaged outer layer and replace it with supple, vibrant new skin. The result? The effects of age-related collagen loss are mitigated and the dark pigment inside age spots and freckles is broken down, creating a more even skin coloration.
IPL photofacials use broad-spectrum light, which is made up of many different wavelengths. Your SkynBar of Atlanta aesthetician can adjust these wavelengths by calibrating your IPL photofacial to react with specific skin conditions. The extreme versatility of the IPL photofacial makes it easy for your SkynBar of Atlanta aesthetician to treat a single issue or address multiple problems simultaneously.
Typically, clients receive between three and six treatments spaced roughly one month apart.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between IPL and LED Photofacials?
Both IPL and LED photofacials involve light being absorbed into the skin. The light pulses emitted by the IPL photofacial are more intense than those emitted by LED devices, and this enhanced intensity allows the light pulses of the IPL photofacial to be absorbed more deeply.
The IPL photofacial light is soaked up by the hemoglobin (red blood cells) and melanin (pigmentation) in the skin, intentionally damaging these areas. The damaged melanin breaks up and is absorbed by the skin, decreasing its appearance on the skin’s surface. The damaged hemoglobin stimulates blood flow, causing the melanin to be absorbed more efficiently.
What are the benefits of the IPL Photofacial?
Treats sun-damaged skin. The IPL photofacial combats UV damage in two ways. First, it draws out freckles and age spots that have formed deep within the dermis, creating an even, dewy complexion. Second, it generates a significant amount of new collagen, which replaces collagen that have been destroyed by the sun, making the skin stronger and more supple while also lessening wrinkles and fine lines.
Takes on stubborn acne. An IPL photofacial kills harmful bacteria and reduces redness and inflammation. With repeated treatments, your skin is encouraged to shed and renew its outer layer, which gradually eliminates scar tissue created by acne.
Eliminates visible veins and capillaries. Because intense pulsed light is absorbed very efficiently by red blood cells, the IPL photofacial is one of the best treatments available for visible blood vessel abnormalities. Our clients at SkynBar of Atlanta use the IPL photofacial to dissolve broken capillaries and spider veins for a more even, youthful complexion. This procedure is also ideal for treating conditions that cause diffuse redness, such as rosacea.
Prevents premature skin aging. A 10-year study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology showed that having two to three IPL photofacials per year for a decade changes the structure of skin cells, making them behave more like young cells.
Pairs well with other non-surgical treatments. The gentle lifting and revitalizing action of the IPL photofacial can be complemented with other non-surgical procedures at SkynBar of Atlanta, especially injectable neurotoxins, and dermal fillers.
Offers deep rejuvenation with very little downtime. The IPL photofacial is powerful enough to access the deeper layers of the dermis but gentle enough that it won’t cause excessive swelling, redness, or lasting irritation. The pulses of light emitted during an IPL photofacial are less concentrated than a laser beam, so IPL treatment is much-less risky than laser skin resurfacing. At SkynBar of Atlanta, most clients who have an IPL photofacial can apply makeup immediately after their appointment and return to work within 24 to 48 hours.
What can the IPL Photofacial treat?
At SkynBar of Atlanta, we use IPL photofacials to treat skin blemishes and pigmentation issues, including:
- Sun damage (sunspots)
- Broken capillaries (blood vessels)
- Spider veins
- Fine lines
What parts of my body can I have treated?
At SkynBar of Atlanta, we find that most clients get IPL photofacials to treat their face, neck, shoulders, back, and hands – which are frequently exposed body parts. However, IPL photofacials can be performed on any area of the body except the eyelids and the area just above them.
What should I expect?
The IPL photofacial takes between 30 minutes and 90 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
Prior to beginning your IPL photofacial, your SkynBar of Atlanta aesthetician will apply a cool gel to your face and supply you with dark glasses to protect your eyes from the light. Once you’ve been prepped, your aesthetician will run a handpiece with a cold smooth surface along your skin as it pulses light.
While some redness and swelling may occur – which should subside within 24 hours – our experience at SkynBar of Atlanta shows that most IPL photofacial clients require little to no downtime. Results are gradual, with improvements to the skin beginning to appear in the days and weeks following treatment.
How much does an IPL Photofacial cost?
Generally, an IPL photofacial at SkynBar of Atlanta is more expensive than procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion yet tends to be less expensive than most cosmetic surgeries and laser skin treatments. The overall cost of your treatment will vary widely depending on the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed, as well as the number of treatments needed to correct them. These factors can be discussed with your SkynBar of Atlanta aesthetician during your initial IPL photofacial consultation.
What are the risks or side effects?
The IPL photofacial is not ideal for tanned patients and those with naturally dark skin. When the IPL photofacial is applied to darker skin, it can cause skin lightening or hyperpigmentation. If you have tanned skin, dark skin, or melasma, then ask your SkynBar of Atlanta aesthetician about a chemical peel instead of an IPL photofacial. If you’re concerned about the downtime associated with chemical peels, then your aesthetician can use a mild peel formula to ensure rapid, painless healing.
In addition, people with certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, may not be good candidates for the IPL photofacial. Clients with these conditions should choose skin treatments that won’t cause any inflammation, such as our custom facial. If you are pregnant or have a chronic health condition, then the IPL photofacial is not recommended.
Specific side effects include:
- Redness: This is common. It’s a sign of irritation and generally goes away after a few hours.
- Brown spots: If you underwent the procedure to treat dark spots and are suddenly faced with darker ones, don’t worry. This is normal. The dark spots may last for up to a week but will then fade.
- Crusting: Some of the dark spots you’ve treated will grow hard and begin to flake. This is normal and temporary.
- Bruising: This is uncommon and mild when it does occur.
Remember, it will take several weeks (and several treatments) before you start seeing truly significant results.
How do I prepare for my IPL Photofacial?
To have an IPL photofacial at SkynBar of Atlanta, you need to be tan-free. Tans can prevent the machine from accurately detecting the specific blemishes that you want addressed. You will also need to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, anticoagulants, alcohol, and anything else that thins the blood. Additionally, let us know if you are taking antibiotics or any supplements.