PhotoFacial/ iPulse

Photofacial is a skin treatment that uses a light-based technology to boost collagen and lighten the appearance of blemishes. This leads to tighter and brighter skin.

Q. What is a PhotoFacial?

A PhotoFacial is a noninvasive treatment using intense pulsed light (IPL), bright flashes of light that don’t damage your skin in any way. At TWACHA, we use the iPulse, an extremely versatile and effective machine for PhotoFacials.

Q. What is iPulse (Intense Pulse Light)?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) or flash lamp therapy is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the skin. The procedure of rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photo rejuvenation and requires a series of iPulse treatments.

Q. How Does iPulse Laser Work?

IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with color (chromospheres) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area.

Q. So how is it different from lasers?

IPL systems are different from lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colors) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. So, with much lesser energy than a Laser, the iPulse can target many chromophores together. iPulse is  a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing, where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. But, the advantage of PhotoFacial with  iPulse  is its minimal downtime — a patient can often have the procedure done during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward.

Q. What kind of skin issues does PhotoFacial treat?

PhotoFacials can heal many skin problems, including: 

  • Broken capillaries
  • Spider veins
  • Age spots 
  • Freckles
  • Fine lines
  • Moderate Acne
  • Flushed or red skin
  • Rosacea

PhotoFacial treatments are effective for any area where you have sun damage or aging skin, including the face, chest, arms, neck, and hands.

Q. What can I expect during my PhotoFacial?

A cooling gel is applied  to your skin, and you’ll wear protective glasses because the IPL is so bright. The TWACHA therapist then gently uses the small iPulse handpiece to your skin. The smooth glass surface is glided across  your skin. You may feel a mild sting during light flashes. 

Your PhotoFacial generally takes only 15-30 minutes, and you can return to your usual routine right away following treatment.

Q. How does my skin respond to PhotoFacial?

When your dilated capillaries and spider veins absorb the IPL, the vein walls grow hot. This triggers shrinkage, and eventually, vein reabsorption in the weeks ahead. With brown spots, the pigment absorbs the light and grows hot. This triggers your body to treat the pigment as damaged skin and begins your natural exfoliation routine. The brown spots generally become darker temporarily, and then gradually fade in the coming weeks. 

In addition to specific trouble spot improvement, most PhotoFacial patients enjoy improved skin tone, texture, and overall more beautiful skin. 

Q. How many PhotoFacial sessions do I need to get good results?

  1. It depends on your concerns, but most patients get excellent long-term results with a series of 3-5 sessions, around one month apart. By spacing the treatment into multiple sessions, you can enjoy steady improvement without any skin disruption or downtime. 
  2. For Rosacea, the first 3 sessions are to be done at two week gaps, after that the gap between sessions must be increased. Most Rosacea patients do well with ipulse sessions every 3 months.

To find out if PhotoFacial/iPulse  is  a good treatment for you, click on the following link

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