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Understanding IPL Photofacial Treatments: The Pros, the Cons, and What to Expect – December 2023

Updated: October 9, 2022

Everything You need to Know about IPL Photofacial Treatments

IPL photofacial treatments are growing in popularity as a way to improve the skin’s appearance. But what is an IPL photofacial, exactly? How does it work? And what can you expect from the treatment? In this blog post, we’ll answer all those questions and more. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about IPL photofacial treatments!

What is an IPL Photofacial Treatment?

An IPL photofacial treatment, also sometimes called a fotofacial or photo facial, is a cosmetic procedure that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to improve the look of the skin. IPL photofacial treatments can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and broken capillaries.

How Does It Work?

During an IPL photofacial treatment, a technician will apply a gel to your skin and then use a hand-held device to deliver pulses of light into the skin. The light energy is absorbed by pigment in the skin tissue, which helps to break up the unwanted pigment. The treated area will then darken and peel over the next week or so, revealing smoother, more evenly-toned skin underneath.

What Can I Expect from Treatment?

Most people require 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. After each treatment, you can expect your skin to appear red and swollen for 24-48 hours. You may also experience some crusting or blistering, but this usually goes away within a few days. It’s important to avoid direct sunlight both before and after treatment, as your skin will be especially sensitive.


If you’re considering an IPL photofacial treatment but are still on the fence about whether or not it’s right for you, hopefully this blog post has helped clear some things up! Remember that IPL photofacials can be an effective way to improve the look of sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and broken capillaries. Just keep in mind that most people require 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results—so make sure you’re prepared for that time commitment!

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Staff Spotlight

Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa