What is a Pulsed Light Photofacial?
The Palomar IPL Photo Therapy offers comfortable and effective treatment of sun damage and visible veins.
Who is a candidate for treatment?
- Sun damage — Wide areas of pigmentation on the face, chest, and arms.
- Sunspots — Individual pigmented lesions, also known as age spots.
- Rosacea — General inflammation of the cheeks and face.
- Spider veins — Individual vessels, which can be red, blue, or purple in color.
- Angiomas — individual small red or purple spots
- Enlarged pores
What are the intended results?
- Sun damage/sunspots — The sunspots will darken after treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within one to two weeks.
- Rosacea — Skin tone will be more normal, with less pronounced redness within one week after treatment.
- Spider veins — Vessels may disappear after treatment, or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10-14 days.
- Angiomas — Spots may disappear after treatment, or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10-14 days.
Typically, several treatments will be necessary to completely clear sunspots, rosacea and vessels.
IPL Treatments for Rosacea and Acne
The Palomar intense pulsed light (IPL) Photofacial offers comfortable and effective treatment of rosacea and acne damage. Rosacea’s inflammation of cheeks and face, and acne’s pits and scars respond to IPL after only one treatment, although additional sessions may provide more benefit. Skin tone will be more normal, with less pronounced redness within one week after treatment.
How IPL Photofacial and Skin Rejuvenation Works
Palomar® offers skincare lasers and pulsed light devices that deliver energy to target and destroy vascular and pigmented lesions associated with spider veins, reticular veins, rosacea, telangiectasias, hemangiomas, sun damage, age spots, dyschromia, melasma, poikiloderma, and angiomas from the hands, legs, chest, arms, and face.
Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, these treatments target different chromophores in the skin, which selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and yield the desired response. These optimal wavelengths of light clear vascular and pigmented lesions by targeting the chromophores of hemoglobin (for vascular lesions) and melanin (for pigmented lesions). These damaged lesions are then cleared by the body, removing the appearance of the lesion from the skin. Pigmented lesions undergo a mild desquamation and slough off within two or three days, while the vascular lesions blanch and then resolve within ten to fourteen days.
What is the procedure?
The treatment provider will move the handpiece over the patient’s skin, pulsing it continuously. Each pulse will send a beam of light through the skin. A flashing light, an audible tone and a mild sensation on the skin will let the patient know when the hand- piece is being pulsed.
What is the healing process?
Immediately after treatment, patients can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts two to twenty-four hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs.
This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
Note: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.