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How Often Can You Get an IPL Photofacial?

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Close-up of a woman receiving an IPL Photofacial Treatment from an optometrist using a specialized equipment.

Regarding anti-aging results, several options have become increasingly popular over the years, with one of these options being IPL photofacial treatments

This non-invasive cosmetic procedure has a trained professional use specialized pulses of light to treat common cosmetic imperfections, allowing you to retain a rejuvenated, youthful look. But how often can you get an IPL photofacial?

You can receive this treatment every 4 weeks—roughly once a month or so. The appointments are designed to be set some time apart so that your skin has time to recuperate and regenerate properly, allowing you to notice the best benefits to your skin.

What Is IPL Photofacial Treatment?

IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a non-invasive procedure that uses a spectrum of light to target and treat certain skin conditions. When used to treat skin problems, IPL treatment can help reduce the effects of:

  • Natural aging
  • Sun damage
  • Freckles
  • Acne scars
  • Rosacea and other rashes

This treatment works by delivering short pulses of light to the skin, where it’s selectively absorbed by unwanted pigmentation and disrupts them. The body’s natural healing process eliminates these damaged cells, helping result in a more even complexion and smoother skin. 

The Benefits of IPL Treatment

IPL photofacial treatment offers numerous benefits for people looking to improve their appearance, with the biggest advantage being that it’s a quick and efficient way to address many skin concerns and help give you a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Another advantage of IPL is that it has virtually no downtime. It can be completed over lunch and you can return to work for the afternoon. There’s no need for incisions, anesthetic, or other actions requiring significant downtime. This makes it a convenient option for people with busier schedules. The procedure is fairly quick, meaning you can return to regular activities immediately after the appointment.

Typically, best results can be noticed within 7-10 days after a session. 

How Long Should You Wait Between IPL Treatment Sessions?

The timing between sessions plays an important role when considering optimal results. Typically, it’s recommended that you only have this treatment done roughly once a month or every 4 weeks. This gives your skin time to rejuvenate fully and allows new cells to grow. 

Treating too frequently can lead to skin irritation and other potential complications, like:

  • Skin irritation
  • Discomfort
  • Hyperpigmentation, or changes in skin tone
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight. This can lead to an increased risk of sunburn.

These potential concerns make it essential to properly space out your sessions to avoid over-treating your skin. Consultation with your aesthetician is recommended to set up a treatment plan tailored to you. 

A woman in an optometrist's office shaking hands with her optometrist.

When to Avoid IPL Photofacial Treatment

While this treatment is generally considered safe and effective, some factors may make you an unsuitable candidate for IPL. For example, this treatment becomes less effective with darker or recently-tanned skin or if you’ve recently undergone an artificial tanning process.

Since everybody’s skin is different, you may need more or fewer sessions depending on your skin tone. Other factors can change the results of this session, including:

  • Active infections
  • Open cold sores
  • Medical conditions like diabetes or lupus
  • Family history of skin cancers
  • If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

Due to how many factors can affect the success of this treatment, it’s essential to consult with a qualified and trained professional. This can allow them to evaluate your needs, skin type, and medical history, which they can use to determine if IPL treatment is a suitable option for you.

Should I Try IPL for My Skin?

The decision on whether or not to try IPL photofacial treatment for your skin is personal, but we’re here to help. It’s always beneficial to seek the advice of a trained professional to determine whether or not they recommend the treatment for your skin. While it can be an efficient and effective way to treat many skin concerns, it isn’t guaranteed for every skin type.

By speaking with a professional, you can evaluate your unique skin needs and goals, allowing you to develop realistic expectations for the potential results of the IPL photofacial treatment. To get a consultation, schedule an appointment with us at InFocus Eyecare today, and take steps toward improving your skin.

Written by Dr. Gerry Day, OD, P.Eng

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