IPL or Photo Facials are one of my favorite skin treatments for a few reasons. Here’s the story, I’m turning 40 in less than a month people. (Cue tears, anxiety and Zoloft!) I have had several IPL’s over the last few years and they have really helped keep my fine lines and especially brown spots in check. I live in Southern California and spend a ridiculous amount of time in the sun. I’ve been told some of my brown spots are sun damage (the freckles) and some is Melasma (the larger brown patches) which is caused by hormones. Luckily the IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a laser that reduces and can eradicate them all together when done in a series.
Getting an IPL isn’t painful, just a little uncomfortable. You can arrive to the appointment 30 minutes early if you would like to have a numbing cream applied before your treatment. I skip this step because I’m usually running late and I can tolerate the treatment pretty well. Each pulse of the laser feels like a rubber band snapping on your skin, the most sensitive areas are around the nose and lips.
First the nurse applies a clear gel to your entire face and then begins the treatment. It only takes 10-15 minutes for her to complete the service. I always complain about the very dark brown patch on my left cheek so Francine went over that a couple of times. Immediately after the treatment, my face felt really hot. This lasted for about an hour.
When I looked in the mirror in my car it looked like I had been punched in the face!!! The brown spot on my left cheek was darker and purplish. I knew that was a good thing because it would darken and eventually slough off!
After about 24 hours, all of the brown spots on my face had darkened up and felt a bit rough and scabby. I kept my skin super moisturized and waited for the end result…
It took a good 7-10 days before I saw the final result of my IPL treatment and I am thrilled. My brown patch is almost undetectable and my skin is super fresh and glowy looking. Francine told me I would see about an 80% improvement and I think she was spot on!
Now that my skin is looking so much better I will be maintaining it with great skin care products and lots of sunscreen. I find myself driving with one hand over the left side of my face now for extra protection!!!
Here are before, during and after pics:
Watch this video to see me getting my latest treatment and a little Q & A with Francine:
If you’re in the Orange County area, I highly recommend Francine at Live Gorgeous OC for all of your laser needs! Right now Francine is offering new patients their first IPL for $150 and a series of 5 for $700.
Live Gorgeous OC
Francine Oca, RN
1303 Avocado Ave. Suite 245
Newport Beach, CA 92660