During an initial IPL photofacial consultation, one of our aesthetic specialists will ensure that you’re an appropriate candidate. You’ll also be advised to avoid certain products and services for up to two weeks before treatment, including waxing, tanning, and chemical peels.
On the day of the treatment, your face will be cleansed of any makeup or grime, and a cool ultrasound gel will be applied to enhance the effects of the light. Your aesthetic specialist will move the IPL device across your skin’s surface in a grid-like pattern while it emits light pulses. The device may be held in certain areas for an extended time to deliver maximum treatment where it’s needed most. When the procedure is complete, the ultrasound gel will be removed, and sunscreen may be applied. Both you and your specialist will wear protective eyewear for safety purposes throughout the procedure.
A photofacial feels like a series of small pricking sensations accompanied by warmth in the targeted area. Most patients do not require a pain reliever during their treatment, but you may request one. Aesthetic Envy patients have the option of using our Cryo machine, which provides a soothing experience and minimizes discomfort at no additional cost. Depending on how many areas are treated, an IPL photofacial typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes.