How Long After IPL Treatments Will I Notice Results?

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Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are becoming a popular way to reverse unwanted signs of aging and sun damage that can make you feel self-conscious. While you should see visible outcomes after one IPL treatment at Limitless Me Wellness, it may take several sessions before the full extent of your results becomes apparent.

Below, board-certified physician Dr. Kia Mitchell describes what to expect after undergoing IPL therapy in Jacksonville, FL. We also provide tips on enhancing and prolonging your photofacial results for as long as possible. Our experts know what it takes to provide the glowing skin you deserve.

How do you prepare for IPL treatment?

Intense pulsed light therapy is noninvasive and uses a beam of advanced light to target and destroy damaged skin cells. Candidates for treatment have problems with fine lines, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. Sessions are personalized to the patient’s specific needs and may require some preparation to minimize discomfort and recovery time. Instructions from Dr. Mitchell may involve:

  • Avoiding sun exposure and self-tanners for 2 – 4 weeks prior to your appointment
  • Stopping medications and topical creams like Retin-A several days before treatment
  • Arriving with a clean face free from makeup or other products

What happens after a photofacial?

IPL therapy in Jacksonville, FL can be used on the face or neck, or both areas at the same time. There is no downtime after a photofacial, but your skin may appear a little swollen and pink for the rest of the day. Limitless Me Wellness can recommend special ointments or anti-inflammatory medication to promote natural healing.

Over the next several days, skin irregularities should rise to the surface and flake off, revealing a more even skin tone. New collagen growth will gradually diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten pores, and give your face a youthful glow.

When to expect results from IPL treatment

You may notice a difference in your complexion after one treatment, but optimal results take place over the following 3 – 6 photofacial sessions as damaged cells are replaced. Patients need to schedule appointments at least four weeks apart to give their skin time to heal and recover. It is essential to follow all post-IPL instructions as provided by Dr. Mitchell to maximize your results.

How do I take care of my skin after a photofacial?

To maintain your new, youthful appearance and prolong your results:

  • Wear sunscreen daily: This is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, especially after IPL treatment. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapply every two hours when spending time outdoors.
  • Avoid tanning beds: Tanning salon treatments will undo all the hard work and money you’ve invested in IPL therapy. UV exposure is known to cause premature aging, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
  • Moisturize regularly: Keeping your skin hydrated will help it heal faster and keep your results looking great. Try fragrance-free lotions and creams designed for sensitive skin. Do not exfoliate or use harsh cleansers.

Enhance your skin with IPL

Signs of aging and hyperpigmentation are frustrating problems that are difficult to treat on your own. Photofacials are an effective way to achieve youthful skin that feels great. Learn about this exciting treatment option or schedule a consultation with Dr. Kia Mitchell by calling Limitless Me Wellness today. Our IPL therapy in Jacksonville, FL has helped countless patients achieve a flawless complexion.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.