IPL (intense pulsed light) is a non-invasive skin rejuvenating light therapy treatment that can be used for both cosmetic and medical indications at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists. IPL Photofacial is non-ablative using pulses of light with varying wavelengths to target pigmented lesions in the skin, sun spots, freckles, vascular lesions and rosacea. As the light energy heats the melanin (pigment) in the skin, it breaks it down and the pigmented lesion is destroyed. IPL Photofacial
is very effective at treating uneven pigment, sun damage and age spots on the face, neck, chest, arms and legs. It is also used to help manage active acne. Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists is one of the few centers in the country where Intense Pulsed Light therapy is also used for cutting-edge rosacea-associated dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) treatment. MGD refers to a variety of disorders of the oil glands in the eyelids that cause eye irritation, dry eye, redness and stye formation. More severe forms of rosacea can result in this condition, with symptoms worsening if left untreated.
During your personal consultation, our providers will determine if you are a good candidate for IPL treatment. Since IPL works by targeting pigmentation in the skin, it could cause skin damage or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in men and women with dark skin tones. Similarly, patients who have recently tanned should wait to receive treatment.
If you are a candidate for IPL and are concerned about the following skin conditions, this might be the perfect treatment for you:
- Age spots and sun spots
- Dry eyes
- Spider veins
- Broken blood vessels
- Uneven skin tone and texture
If you are not a candidate for IPL, Dr. Ghafouri and our team will be happy to discuss alternative treatments to help you meet your aesthetic goals.
IPL treatment is completely non-invasive and is not considered painful by most patients. We will start by applying a cooling numbing gel to keep you comfortable during the treatment. A handheld device will be passed over the skin. As the device emits light pulses, you might feel mild warmth and a snapping sensation, similar to a rubber band.
There is minimal recovery after an IPL procedure, but we do recommend patients avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for about one week. The treated lesions will gradually temporarily darken and then flake off in about 1-2 weeks. It is important not to try to force exfoliation. After the pigmented lesions have peeled away, you will see smoother skin with an even, glowing complexion. IPL is typically done in a series of treatments, the number of treatments recommended will vary, but we often suggest 3-5 treatments scheduled four weeks apart for optimal results. Maintenance treatments can also be scheduled to maintain your beautiful, healthy skin.
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Dr. Ghafouri offers virtual consultations for out-of-town patients. We see patients from all across the country who trust Dr. Ghafouri’s unique skills and expertise for their facial or eyelid surgeries. If you choose to travel to Arizona for your surgery, we can also recommend hotels and other resources to make your stay comfortable.
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