IPL, also known as Photo-Facial, is a laser or filtered light treatment which targets redness and discoloration of the skin. It can be done on the face, chest, neck, hands, and even small varicose leg veins. At Foxhall we use one of the most advanced IPL devices – The Lumenis M22.
After evaluation by our staff and the decision for IPL has been made, the face is cleaned and often numbed with a topically applied cream. The procedure itself lasts between twenty minutes and an hour, depending on the area treated. While not painful, most patients report a snapping feeling with each laser pulse. Discomfort fades immediately and most people leave with skin tone refreshed and signs of redness relieved. Often just one treatment is required to enhance appearance, although many find several treatments over the year to be helpful.
IPL is appropriate for most lighter skin types — so we urge you to avoid tanning for several weeks before your treatment, and always, to wear your sunscreen.