Lumenis M22 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial
Over time, and with exposure to the sun and UV light, our faces and necks accumulate damage in the form of “photoaging”. Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The dermis contains proteins, including collagen, elastin, and other important fibers, which affect skin’s strength and elasticity. UV radiation injures these important proteins, leading to the accumulation of damage in the form of wrinkles, drooping skin, broken blood vessels, mottled pigment, and sun spots.
IPL (intense pulsed light) uses a specific wavelength of light energy to target the dermis of the skin where pigment accumulates and elasticity has been lost; by delivering light energy specifically to this layer, skin tone can be evened, pigmentation/sun spots can be erased, and new collagen is stimulated to form.
IPL takes approximately 60 minutes to perform. The client is brought to the room for numbing of approximately 15 minutes for comfort. Numbing medication is removed, protection is applied to the eyes, and ultrasound gel is applied to the area to be treated. While typical treatment areas include the face and neck, the arms and hands are also frequently treated as well! Light energy is delivered with a handpiece, and each pulse covers an area of approximately 3” x 1”. The typical client receives approximately 20 pulses to the face, and slightly more to the neck. Each pulse is generally described as a “snapping”/warm sensation, and the client will see a flash of light despite having their eyes protected—this is normal!
May not have had recent sun exposure, and area to be treated should be without base tan! If treating face and/or neck, the area of treatment should match the color of your “bathing suit/shirt” tan lines. Recommend against IPL for those with darker skin types, such as types IV and V (Asiatic/Mediterranean/Persian/Hispanic/African American descent), as IPL can react with melanin in the skin and cause hyperpigmentation! Must not have used Retin-A nor minocycline in over a week; must not have used Accutane for over six months. May not be pregnant nor breastfeeding.