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IPL PhotoFacial/Photorejuvenation

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An IPL PhotoFacial (also known as photorejuvenation) refers to a light-based treatment to improve the appearance of the skin. This does not use lasers but rather uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.

A photofacial uses pulses of light emitted onto the skin. These light pulses and target melanin (responsible for brown spots) and hemoglobin (associated with redness and broken capillaries). The energy is absorbed by these targets, breaking them down and allowing the body to naturally eliminate them.

At the Nakatsui DermaSurgery Centre in Edmonton, we have two photofacial treatment modalities: 1) the Cutera Xeo LimeLight and 2) the Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system. We can help you decide which is best for you.

The advantages of IPL photofacials are that the treatments are fast, the recovery time is short, and the risk of side effects is low. More than one treatment session is usually necessary.

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What does a PhotoFacial do?

An IPL Photofacial does two things really well. It reduces brown age spots and it improves the redness of the face. It can also improve fine lines and wrinkles a little bit, although there are much better treatments for this aspect of the aging process. Overall, it is a nice treatment to improve the global appearance of the face for many people because it is easy to do and gives a noticeable improvement to the appearance of the face.

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If you would like to schedule a consultation at our Edmonton dermatology clinic, call us at 780-482-1414, text us at 780-707-8836, or email us using the following link.

Quick Facts About Edmonton IPL Photofacials

Description: A light-based treatment that penetrates the skin without visible wounding to the skin surface; to treat sun damage, age spots, irregular pigmentation and diffuse redness such as rosacea.

Length of Procedure: 30 to 60 minutes, depending on size of the area treated.

In/Outpatient: Outpatient.

Anesthesia: None required; although analgesic may rarely be recommended

Recovery Time: One to several weeks depending on the area treated.

Treatment Frequency: Two to four treatments.

Risks: Pigment changes, blisters, scars although rare may occur.

Duration of Results: Varies depending on the extent of the damage and the area treated. Follow-up treatments may be necessary to maintain results.

FAQs About PhotoFacials in Edmonton


How much does an IPL PhotoFacial cost in Edmonton?

An IPL Photofacial typically costs $400-$450 per session, depending upon the area treated.


Who Are Ideal Candidates for a Photofacial?


Photofacials are good treatments for a wide range of indviduals: These include

  • Patients with Sun Damage: Sunspots, age spots, freckles, or other forms of sun damage can benefit significantly and lead to a more even skin tone.
  • Patients with Rosacea and Redness: Diffuse redness, broken capillaries, and rosacea will benefit from s series of treatments.
  • Patients Looking for an Improvement in Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Treatment can diminish fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.

What Is An IPL PhotoFacial or LimeLight Facial?


The LimeLight and Lumecca IPL are flash lamp devices that produce a wavelength of light which is absorbed by red blood cells and melanin improving surface imperfections, such as pigmentation and vascularity associated with aging and photodamage. There are many devices that use IPL technology, including Stellar IPL, Nordlys, and BBL, among many others.

Lumecca IPL delivers up to 3X more energy (high peak power) in the 500-600 nm range as compared to typical IPL systems to increase its efficacy for red and pigmented lesions. It uses strong sapphire cooling for increased patient comfort.


Which Areas Can Be Treated With LimeLight or Lumecca IPL?


IPL treatments are ideal for any part of your face, neck, chest, and arms; with skin redness, telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. Light (low contrast) brown spots, which were previously difficult to resolve, respond very well to treatment.

What Do Photorejuvenation Treatments Do?


Photorejuvenation treatments selectively treat the brown and/or red pigmented areas on the skin. It is the heating of the pigmented brown or red cells that causes the therapeutic effect.


What Do Photofacial Treatments Feel Like?


When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a pinching or stinging sensation. The intensity varies depending on the area of the body being treated. Pain management is provided as required. We have found the our newest IPL is considerably more comfortable than our previous device.

How Long Will The Photorejuvenation Treatments Take?


Treatment time depends on the area of the body being treated. For example the face may take 30 minutes, whereas the chest and neck may take up to an hour.


How Many PhotoFacial Treatments Will I Need?


Two to four treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun-damaged skin.


What Happens After Each IPL Treatment?


Immediately following treatment, brown spots generally start to darken and the skin may appear red. The treated area may be mildly swollen, accompanied by a burning sensation. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or two, depending on the area being treated. Rarely, tiny blisters may occur in some areas. If this happens, Fucidin ointment is applied until the lesions heal. If the treatment pulses are not placed close enough, streaks of untreated skin may be left behind. These are simply mopped up with a second treatment. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness.


When Will I See Results?


Usually within one to three weeks, the darkened spots tend to flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia generally decreases and your mottled complexion improves. The legs normally take much longer to heal than the face.

Contact Us For A Free PhotoFacial Consultation
Dr. Thomas Nakatsui MD FRCPC FAAD DABD
Nakatsui Dermasurgery – Edmonton
Photorejuvenation Questions?
Telephone us at:780-482-1414
Text us at: 780-707-8836


Will The Spots And Redness Reappear Over Time?


>New brown spots, telangiectasia, and diffuse redness may appear with new sun damage; however they can also be treated. Remember to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 45 SPF when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffuse redness.

What are the potential side effects?

  • Expected but not guaranteed results.
  • Blisters.
  • Scars.
  • Skin colour changes including extended periods of redness, brown discoloration, and/or loss of pigment.
  • Streaks of missed treatment areas.

What Does The IPL PhotoFacial Treatment Cost?


The cost varies with the size of the area to be treated and the number of treatment sessions required.


What Are The Benefits and Disadvantages of IPL PhotoFacials?


One of the benefits of IPL Photofacials is the versatility of the technology. IPL can treat a variety of skin concerns simultaneously, as the broad spectrum of light can treat brown hyperpigmentation and diffuse redness simultaneously. This can be very beneficial in the right patients. In certain patients, however, this can be a disadvantage if the underlying skin type is darker in colour, as this might lead to adverse side effects.

The second benefit is the minimal preparation and downtime required for this procedure. Other than avoiding a tan prior to the procedure, the amount of preparation is typically minimal.


What Can Be Expected During A PhotoFacial IPL Treatment?


The area to be treated is cleansed and the filtered light is applied through a hand piece. Each pulse feels like the snap of an elastic band on the skin. A treatment may last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the areas being treated.

After a treatment the skin may be pink and/or slightly speckles and brown. Gradually the targeted redness or pigment will decrease. Skin tones will have improved harmony and a rejuvenated appearance.


What Are The Potential Side Effects Of Photorejuvenation?


  • Expected but not guaranteed results.
  • Blisters.
  • Scars.
  • Skin color changes including extended periods of redness, brown discoloration, and/or loss of pigment.
  • Streaks of missed treatment areas.

What are contraindications to this procedure?


  • Recent Tanning or Sunburn: Those with a recent tan should wait until their skin has returned to its natural colour.
  • Pregnancy: At our dermatology clinic in Edmonton, we advise pregnant patients to avoid photofacials because of a lack of research in this area.
  • Darker Skin Type: Patients with a darker skin type (Fitzpatrick 5 or 6) are not good candidates because of a risk of abnormal pigmentation following treatment.
  • Use of Photosensitizing Medications


Can I wear makeup immediately after a photo facial?


It is best to avoid applying makeup for at least 24 hours following treatment. Once any redness or swelling has subsided, you can resume wearing gentle products, including mineral-based products.


Can I Have a PhotoFacial if I have a tattoo in the area?


Photofacials should not be performed over a tattoo as the intense light will be picked up by the tattoo ink, interfering with the effects of the procedure and may cause adverse effects.


What do I do if a PhotoFacial does not work for me?


Photofacials are not effective for all types of pigmentation and redness issues. In many cases, a picosecond laser will work much better for a pigemented lesion, and a V-beam pulsed dye laser will work much better for a red lesion. We can try to help you if IPL photorejuvenation is not able to resolve your problem.

Do you have another question that wasn’t addressed here? Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!