Skincare Beginner’s Guide: IPL Treatments


woman receiving an IPL treatmentWhy IPL Treatments are the Hottest Skincare Trend & How They Can Help Acne Scars, Sun Spots, and More

We know it’s hard to keep track of all the different skin rejuvenation procedures out there, so we’re hosting a monthly “Skincare Beginner’s Guide” series to take a deep dive into the top trending skincare procedures. This month we focus on 3 little letters: I-P-L.

WHAT DOES IPL STAND FOR & WHAT DOES IT DO?

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IPL = Intense Pulsed Light, also referred to as “Photofacial” 

What is it = IPL is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes.

An IPL treatment uses the power of broadband light to improve the appearance of sun spots, rosacea, age spots, and skin texture. The treatment can also be used for hair removal, photo rejuvenation, as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases like acne. It is a popular treatment because its effective, affordable, and non-invasive.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A handheld device is passed across the skin delivering pulses of broad spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. Since the handheld device employs a light to influence the skin on a molecular level,  there is no need for any incisions or injections. You can think of it like a blinking flashlight, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making an IPL very targeted for specific problem areas or skin concerns.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT LOOK & FEEL LIKE?

As shown in this video, ALASTIN Skincare partner, Dr. Amir Moradi from MoradiMD, shares a behind-the-scenes look at an IPL treatment on the face and arms.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL? 

  • Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently.
  • Rarely, there is bruising, which can take 1-2 weeks to heal.
  • For freckles and age spots, it is normal for the spots to look darker for 3-7 days.
  • Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost depends on the condition and size of the area being treated. On average the cost can range from $600 to $1,200, being that there may be different costs associated with anesthesia, testing, follow-up visits, or post-procedure skincare. It is important to note that because IPL is considered a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance plans will not cover the cost.

HOW DO YOU GET THE BEST RESULTS?

ALASTIN Skincare products for IPL procedures

Skin Preparation: Start 7-14 Days Pre-Procedure

Preparing and stimulating the skin before your procedure can help you to achieve the most optimal skin condition prior to a cosmetic procedure. Using the proper skincare 7–14 days prior to a cosmetic procedure creates healthier skin that supports the renewal of skin post-procedure.

Recommended Daily Skincare Regimen before a Cosmetic Procedure:

Morning

Evening

  • Cleanse with Gentle Cleanser
  • Apply Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology
  • Apply Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology

Have questions about an IPL or pairing ALASTIN Skincare products pre and post treatment? Email intheglow@alastin.com and we will answer all your questions!

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