1. Cleanse the skin: Prior to the treatment, a medical professional will cleanse the skin to ensure that it is free from dirt and oils.
2. Apply protective gel: The doctor or assistant will then apply a cooling gel on the area being treated to protect your skin from damage during the procedure.
3. Target treatment area: The doctor will use a handheld device to target the specific areas of the skin that needs to be treated with intense pulsed light (IPL).
4. Begin treatment: Once the areas are targeted, the machine will deliver an intense pulse of light onto your skin, which is absorbed by dark spots, broken blood vessels, and other skin imperfections.
5. Remove protective gel: Once the treatment is complete, the cooling gel will be removed, leaving your skin fresh and clean.
6. Apply a moisturizer or sunscreen: The doctor may recommend applying a moisturizer or sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage after the treatment.
7. Follow-up visits: Depending on the severity of your skin issues, you may need to come back for more treatment sessions. Your doctor will be able to advise you on how often and when you should return.
8. Enjoy results: With each successive IPL photofacial treatment, the results will become more noticeable and will last longer after each session. You should start to see an improvement in the tone and texture of your skin.