Dr. Nagy is proud to offer the latest in IPL technology to his patients. The Icon Aesthetic System offers high peak powers, state-of-the-art cooling, built in calibration, and the Skintel® Reader—the only FDA-cleared melanin reader—resulting in fast treatments with excellent outcomes.
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Also known as a “photofacial” treatment ,it delivers broadband light through the skin for skin rejuvenation. IPL helps restore a fresh, youthful looking skin. The treatment helps decrease facial redness, lessen the appearance of pigmented spots, helps improve acne, reduces pore size and improves texture and fine lines.
IPL delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is non-ablative, meaning that it does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched.
IPL can eradicate red facial veins & flushing, improve acne rosacea, treat irregular pigmentation, dark sun spots, and reduce fine facial lines.
Who is a good candidate for IPL?
Patients with rosacea, red flushed faces secondary to acne rosacea, facial blood vessels and capillaries, sun damaged skin, pigmented facial spots and enlarged pores are all excellent candidates.
How do I properly prepare for a session?
Please AVOID sun tanning or direct sun exposure 2 weeks before the treatment. Try to avoid abrasive skin products on the treated area for 2-5 days before the treatment, such as Retin-A, retinols, alpha hydroxys, and glycolics. Let us know if you are pregnant, or have a history of cold sores. Tell us if you are taking any photosensitive medications, such as tetracycline.
Who is NOT a good candidate for IPL?
Tanned skin, spray tans or recently tanned skin individuals are generally not good candidates for the treatment. Men who wish to have facial treatments should note the beard /mustache area can have patchy hair loss after a session, so may not want to treat this area where regular facial hair grows.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Any area of the body with skin issues mentioned above, such as the face, neck, decolette, hands, arms, legs, and back.
How is the treatment performed?
During treatment, the hand piece is pressed gently on the skin’s surface. You will feel the cool tip of the applicator, then a pulse of light similar to a rubber band snap is emitted from the hand piece. Generally no local anesthetic is required as most individuals tolerate the treatment well. After the session you may have some redness and feel a sensation similar to a sunburn for the rest of the day, but there is NO DOWNTIME .
How quickly do patients see results?
After one or two treatments, your skin will have more even tone and a smoother look and feel. Sunspots will start to fade and pores can become less apparent. Fine lines and wrinkles may soften over time. These improvements continue with each treatment. Patient with acne rosacea will see a reduction in facial redness as a result of each treatment.
What are the side effects?
Post-treatment pinkness and mild discomfort like a sunburn sensation for a few hours . Avoidance of the sun and wearing sunscreen daily are advised. Because all individuals are different, we generally will begin your sessions at a more conservative level then progressively increase the treatment levels. This will minimize any unwanted side effects and any potential skin burns, yet develop an ideal treatment protocol for each individual.