Common aging signs include wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, large pores, and acne scars. Beauty treatments for preventing and reversing aging skin conditions have existed for thousands of years. This is evident in Esther’s story in the Bible, who underwent 12 months of beauty treatments to polish her skin before marrying the Persian King Ahasuerus! Thanks to current technologies, it doesn’t have to take 12 months of treatments to see the desired results. 

The IPL Photofacial procedure uses lightwaves to reduce or eliminate the common effects of aging and stimulate collagen production. The result promotes a rejuvenating effect that takes years off your appearance while leaving your skin smoother, clearer, and tighter.

IPL Photofacial is a versatile treatment that can be used virtually anywhere on the body. While aging signs are usually noticed more on the face, other parts of the body also suffer from a skin breakdown. These include the neck, chest, hands, and shoulders, all treatable with IPL Photofacial.

Please continue reading to learn more about this treatment, including its history, benefits, potential side effects, and getting started with the IPL Photofacial treatment.

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Dr. Allen Silanee, MD, FACOG
Allen Silanee, MD, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) in Florida. Dr. Silanee has more than 18 years of experience in the obstetrics and gynecology field. Dr. Silanee is an expert in women’s health, specializing in general women’s OBGYN care and sexual wellness, as well as minimally invasive gynecology surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures.
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History of IPL Photofacial

Another term for the IPL Photofacial treatment is photorejuvenation, a non-invasive treatment made to gently and effectively treat skin damage and reverse aging signs.

Dr. Patrick Bitters Jr. is regarded as the pioneer of pulsed light technology, who invented the IPL Photofacial treatment. The procedure works by using an intense beam of broad-spectrum light targeting the skin’s lower layer. The goal of the treatment is to remove damaged and photoaged skin while also stimulating collagen growth. This leads to an improvement in the color, consistency, and texture of the patient’s skin post-treatment.

The first device of its kind was FDA approved in 1995 to treat lower-extremity spider veins. Since then, treatment uses have expanded due to favorable costs and its versatility in treating multiple skin conditions. Light therapy is now used to treat everything from age spots and acne scars to visible veins and skin redness.

IPL Photofacial benefits

BENEFITS OF ipl photofacial

Whether you have uneven pigmentation and skin texture, age spots, or problems with your skin tone and laxity, you can benefit from IPL Photofacial.

Improved results include:

  • Firmer skin
  • Even skin tone
  • Less redness
  • Better skin texture
  • Reduced pore size 
  • Lightens lesions and sun damage
  • Induces collagen growth
  • Elastin regeneration
  • No recovery time

Another benefit of IPL Photofacial is that it can enhance the results of other skin treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and similar treatments. This is due to the IPL Photofacial treatment going deeper while other treatments focus on the surface.

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I not only noticed a reduction of sun damage, but also a brighter, more even-toned and tightened skin a few weeks after my IPL treatment. The procedure was definitely worth it, and easily tolerable.

Katy N.
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Getting Started with IPL Photofacial

Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing the IPL Photofacial, as well as qualified providers for this treatment, is at your fingertips. Your health and safety comes first with any treatment. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with providers that are licensed, verified experts focused on the IPL Photofacial.


Mild side effects may occur and usually go aware relatively quickly after IPL Photofacial treatment is applied.

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Brown spots
  • Crusting
  • Bruising
  • Tiny blisters

 Some less common, possible complications include:

  • Excessive Blistering
  • Burns
  • Scabbing
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation

Who you choose to perform the procedure on you matters to the benefits you can achieve. Only a certified medical provider can legally perform an IPL Photofacial treatment.

FAQS ABOUT ipl photofacial

Here you will find answers to our user’s most common questions. Our goal is to keep you easily informed as you research ways to realize your age management potential. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.

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How much does the IPL Photofacial cost?

The cost for this treatment can vary depending on a number of factors. You can purchase a single treatment or various packages. However, the cost usually goes down when you purchase multiple treatments at a time. The number of treatments needed will vary according to your starting point and desired results.

That being said, the cost ranges from $50-$1500 with an average cost of $450 all depending on the number of treatments purchased.

How many IPL Photofacial treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on your starting point and your desired results. In general, 4-6 treatments are needed over a period of 4 months to get optimal results. Some patients may choose to do less while others may choose more.

For the best results possible, consult with your practitioner to determine how many you need to realize the results you want.

How long is the recovery time with IPL Photofacial?

The recovery time for this treatment is minimal. Immediately after treatment, you can resume your regular activities. Due to the need to divide treatments into multiple sessions, the length of recovery time becomes a non-factor.

However, experiencing side effects may result in an extended recovery time depending on the severity of the effects experienced.

How quickly will I see results from IPL Photofacial?

Due to the treatment being spread out over 3-5 months it takes that long to realize full results from your treatment. That being said, most patients do notice improvement with each treatment. Keep in mind that your starting point will greatly influence how quickly your results become noticeable. The more you need to correct the more you’ll need the full five months to get the results you want.

How long will my IPL Photofacial results last?

Current testimonials show that results will last for several years at a time. However, many patients elect to do annual maintenance treatments to keep their results at full optimization. In addition, practicing a skin care regimen based on protecting your skin can only help in maintaining your results.

Consult with your practitioner to determine how many maintenance treatments will be needed to maintain your results.

Are there other similar options to IPL Photofacial?

There are many treatments designed to improve the appearance of your skin. Patients can take advantage of microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser therapy, and more. However, there is one key difference between these options and the IPL Photofacial.

The IPL Photofacial goes deeper than other treatment options to promote truly healthier skin that lasts far longer than other treatment methods. One thing to consider is combining this treatment with the other treatment options to generate the best results possible.