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Does IPL Photofacial Tighten Skin?

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Dr. Chrenek adjusting a female patient on the procedure chair before her IPL treatment.

Anti-aging treatments are growing in popularity, and many Canadians, like yourself, may be interested in purchasing products and procedures that boast flawless skin and other anti-aging benefits.

However, It’s important to set realistic expectations and speak with our staff at Aurora Eye Care to determine which products or services work best for your skin. For example, IPL photofacial is a standard procedure that can help to combat issues such as hyperpigmentation, reduce wrinkles, and tighten lax skin.  

We are here to help you learn more about the options and services we offer to help you look and feel more confident in your skin.

How Does IPL Photofacial Tighten Skin?

IPL Photofacial treatments can positively impact your skin, helping to make it look more soft and smooth. Its effectiveness in treating wrinkles and loose skin comes from increased collagen production following the procedure. 

What is Collagen?

Collagen is an important protein for our bodies that plays a vital role in providing structural support for things like our skin and tissue.  

As we age, our bodies don’t produce as much collagen as we might have previously, leading to skin that is thinner, drier, and less elastic. IPL Photofacial treatments can help your body to create more collagen and return some of the tightness in and around your looser skin.  

What is IPL Photofacial?  

Anti-aging treatments like intense pulsed light therapy (IPL photofacials) target the deep layers of your skin through the heat from pulses of light that can reduce lines, wrinkles, and other normal signs of aging. At Aurora Eye Care, we use the Darwin IPL RF device.

Additionally, IPL can also be effective for treating blockages that can be found in the meibomian glands, and can be used to treat dry eye.  

Why Should You Get IPL?

If you would like to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage on your skin, IPL photofacials may be an excellent treatment option for you. Below are some common issues that it can help to tackle:

  • Acne
  • Birthmarks 
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Unwanted hair
  • Stretchmarks 
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Discolouration or redness

Our team at Aurora Eye Care can help you decide on the right treatment option based upon your skincare goals.

Please book an appointment today to speak with one of our friendly staff members to learn more about the perks of our photofacial treatments. 

Aurora Eye Care patient receiving an IPL treatment.

How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Do You Need? 

Determining the number of treatments needed will happen after an assessment with one of our doctors, where we discuss your aspirations for the treatment, determine your skin type, and the specific skincare issues being treated.

While you will begin to see results after the first treatment, 4 treatments over the course of several weeks are typically required before achieving desired results. With that in mind, photofacial treatments don’t stop aging, and it’s important to continue taking care of your skin and booking follow-up treatments as recommended by your doctor. 

Risks of IPL Photofacials 

Any procedure is not without some risks, and Your doctor at Aurora Eye Care will discuss all potential risks, and determine if you are an ideal candidate for an IPL photofacial. Here are some of the associated risks:

  • Scars
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Change in colour 
  • Blisters 

Is IPL Photofacial Right For You?

IPL photofacial treatments are not for everyone, and in some cases, it is best to wait or seek out different treatment options. Here are some reasons you might not want to get IPL photofacial treatments:

  • You are sensitive to light
  • You have recently tanned your skin
  • You might have skin cancer 
  • You have severe or keloid scarring 

Learn more if IPL photofacial might be the right fit for you by booking a consultation with our experienced staff.

Aftercare Tips for IPL Photofacials 

Aftercare is an important part of photofacial treatments, and it can have an impact on the final results. Here are a few of our recommendations to note after having the treatments:

  • Avoid hot showers or baths for a few days after treatment 
  • Don’t exfoliate your skin too soon after treatment to avoid irritation
  • Avoid picking or scratching at any crusting or blistering on the treated skin
  • Keep your skin protected from the sun and wear sunscreen when going outside 
  • Use warm water to keep your skin healthy and clean 
  • Use a gentle moisturizer that lacks any harsh chemicals 
  • Follow any instructions provided by your doctor

How Aurora Eye Care Can Help

Aurora Eye Care offers several anti-aging treatment options that can help to build confidence in your beautiful skin. 

We aim to provide comfort through our innovative medispa cosmetic skin treatments and Darwin IPL device that reduce the chance of dry eyes and can leave your skin feeling smoother and softer. 

Please book an appointment today and speak with our kind staff about taking the next step on your skincare journey. 

Written by Dr. Kyla Hunter

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