Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues.The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. Photofacial is effective almost anywhere on the body, it also helps with spider veins and broken veins. 


What Does IPL Photofacial Treat?

  • Brown and Red Spots
  • Freckles
  • Sun Damage
  • Spider Veins
  • Redness
  • Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
  • Pigment Imperfections


How Does IPL Photofacial Work?

IPL Photofacial is Intense Pulsed Light that emits multiple wavelengths into the skin and effectively targets pigment producing cells below the surface of the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy and destroys the hyperactive melanin producing cells in the layers of your skin, eventually dispersing pigmented areas. The spots are pulled to the surface, so they are able to flake off to reveal beautiful, younger looking skin.


Who Is and Is Not a Good Candidate for IPL Photofacial?

Clients with darker skin tone, tan or have melasa would not be good candidates for an IPL photofacial because the light is attracted to pigment which in turn could make darker skin tones discolored and melasma patches darker. 


How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Do I need?

We recommend 3-5 treatments every 4 weeks to receive the best results possible. 


Areas that are Best For IPL Photofacial?

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands
  • Shoulders
  • Legs
  • Arms



Is IPL Photofacial Painful?

Photofacial is not necessarily painful but it can be uncomfortable. Some clients say it is like being snapped with a rubber band. Also the light from the laser can be bright making it uncomfortable for any client that has light sensitivity. 


How Long Is The Appointment?

The Photofacial treatment length depends on what area or areas the client is wanting to treat. A photo facial for just the face could take as little as 45 minutes. 


How Long Do Results Last?

Photofacial results can last for about a year as long as the right at home skin care regimen is taking place. Without the right skin care regimen and the use of sunscreen when out in the sun can result in the return of new sunspots or sun damage. 


During Your Appointment

Your aesthetician will thoroughly cleanse your skin, so you can either come with or without makeup. After the skin is clean, the aesthetician will apply a cool gel to your skin, which enhances the effect of the light waves. The aesthetician moves the laser over the skin in a grid-like pattern, flashing the light about every centimeter. Depending on your need, the aesthetician may go over the area multiple times.


Post Treatment

After the treatment, the aesthetician will again clean the skin, removing the gel. You will likely be slightly red and puffy, but there is no significant down time. You are free to reapply make up right away and return to your normal skin care routine. Be sure to stay out of the sun for at least the next week and be consistent in sunscreen application.



Common Concerns 

As with any aesthetic treatment, there are risks, however, this is why you should only trust an experienced and licensed aesthetician. Clients with melasma will experience a darkening in those areas and should not be treated. Those who have been on a strong antibiotic or Accutane should not receive treatment until six months after the last treatment.


Payment Options 

At Mara’s Med Spa we recognize your needs are unique. Therefore, we offer all clients a complimentary skin analysis to assess the treatment options and combinations that will give you the best outcome. We often have package pricing and special promotions that you can take advantage of. Regarding payment, we have various options to fit your needs and budget. We accept cash, debit cards, all major credit cards and we offer two types of easy credit approval financing. To learn more about financing or scheduling please give us a call at one of our two Dallas Metroplex locations. Highland Park 214-373-9500 or Uptown 469-370-3333.