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IPL photorejuvenation is a safe FDA approved light-based therapy that improves the overall condition of your skin. IPL increases collagen production naturally, decreases redness and broken capillaries, lightens pigmentation and melasma, and treats, acne, acne scars and rosacea.
IPL is recommended for men or women of any age who suffer from aging skin, sun spots, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma, enlarged pores, acne, acne scares, or broken capillaries.
IPL photorejuvenation is used to rejuvenate skin almost anywhere on the body. The areas most commonly treated are the face, neck, chest, upper back, forearms, and hands.
The Intense Pulsed Light is attracted to the browns, reds, and deeper collagen tissues. The heat generated from the light targets and vaporizes the browns, coagulates the reds, and heats the deeper collagen tissues. The body’s healing mechanisms then takes over and sloughs off the browns, absorbs the reds, and thickens the collagen fibres.
The average number of treatments needed is five or six, but it can vary. LCI recommends treatments once every 3 to 4 weeks.
Your LCI technician will advise you of the following steps to ensure the success and safety of your treatment:

  • Avoid sun exposure for two weeks prior to and after any IPL treatment.
  • Avoid any laser treatments to area being treated for two weeks prior to and after IPL treatment.
  • Avoid waxing, threading, bleaching, dying area to be treated three days prior to and after IPL treatment.
  • Stop using prescription topical antibiotics, Retin-A, AHA/BHA, and glycolic acid products for at least three days prior to and after treatment.
  • If area is normally shaved, shave the area one or two days before treatment.
  • You may apply a topical anaesthetic, such as Emla cream, to the area one hour before treatment if you wish, but this but not necessary.
Yes. Your LCI technologist will advise you of these after-care steps:

  • Medical grade skin care is recommended to increase the beneficial results of an IPL treatment.
  • Avoid hot water, steam (to area treated), and heavy exercise for 24 hours.
  • Moisten the area with natural Aloe, Polysporin, or Bactroban if inflammation occurs as a result of an IPL treatment.
  • Avoid exposing the area to sun without sunscreen for two weeks.
  • Wear a sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher if exposure is unavoidable.
  • Don’t use hairspray on or near the treated area for 48 hours after treatment.
  • Notify the clinic if you notice prolonged redness or swelling.
IPL treatments are designed to provide no down time. Your face may appear flushed for a few hours but usually your skin will look more radiant. Clients with pigment may notice their brown spots may appear darker after the treatment. This darkness may take on a “dirty look” until it flakes off in 7- 10 days. Jane Iredale mineral makeup may be used right after IPL treatments. A client may develop “purpura” or a bruise on the face. This will fade in about 10 days and may be covered by mineral makeup. It may be impossible to remove skin conditions forever, however, if the skin condition diminishes or disappears for a long period of time, it will most likely respond to treatments in the future with positive results.
After a series of IPL photorejuvenation treatments, you’ll see dramatic results in the texture and appearance of your skin. Pores will appear smaller, redness reduced, pigmentation and melasma diminished, and the surface of the skin will appear smoother and more evenly toned. IPL stimulates the growth of collagen fibroblasts to give your skin firmness and elasticity. Ask your LCI skin care consultant for the best treatment and maintenance plan for your skin type and condition.

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