If you are concerned about how your complexion appears because of fine lines, sun damage, or dark spots, Sheer Beauty Medical Spa can perform a skin examination at one of our Inland Empire offices (located in Riverside, Redlands, and Upland, CA) to determine if you would benefit from IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy. A photofacial with IPL is a rejuvenating skin treatment for adult women and men with hyperpigmentation/wrinkle issues on their neck and face. A photofacial may be a noninvasive process, but it can be highly effective and create impressive outcomes. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ben Childers, uses intense pulses of light energy that raise the temperature of the skin cells to start the natural healing process and increase the production of collagen. In time, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved skin tone and fewer spots.
A photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to correct several complexion problems (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no recovery time. The best candidates for IPL treatments at Sheer Beauty Medical Spa will have many issues with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, wrinkles, visible pores, redness, melasma, sun and age spots, or dilated capillaries. Dr. Childers will examine your skin to determine if you will benefit from a photofacial during your initial consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
An IPL photofacial is completed in our office in around 20 – 30 minutes, if no other procedures are performed, in one of our treatment rooms. To prepare for the procedure, your technician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is performed with a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting laser energy pulses. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the IPL photofacial, it's usually bearable given the fast treatment length. When the treatment is over, your complexion may be slightly red and swollen temporarily.
What to Expect
There usually is no recovery time needed with an IPL, but you may leave our office with your complexion a little pink and swollen. This will subside naturally in several hours — it may be camouflaged with cosmetics if you prefer. Sheer Beauty Medical Spa suggests you apply a cream on the treated skin to minimize any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to help reduce swelling. Over the next 2 – 5 days, the blemishes under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then start to flake away. It is very important to protect your skin with sunscreen at all times after an IPL and to not pick at the flaking skin. While you will have some improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will attain ideal results with multiple IPL photofacial treatments. Dr. Childers suggests most patients get 3 – 6 sessions done every four weeks at Sheer Beauty Medical Spa.
Get Back your Glow
You probably didn't think much about your skin health when you were young, but once skin damage like wrinkles, sun spots, and other issues are becoming visible, you now may be interested in procedures that fix your skin. We encourage you to find out more about IPL photofacial treatments by contacting our medical spa offices and making an appointment for a skin assessment with Dr. Childers. With IPL photofacial treatments at Sheer Beauty Medical Spa, we can reach the deeper layers of skin to help restore a radiant glow and a healthy complexion.