IPL Skin Rejuvenation (Photofacial)


Indications: Anti-aging (collagen production), systems of rosacea, small spider veins, hyperpigmentation or pigmented lesions (age spots, freckles), elasticity changes (skin roughness), enlarged pores, melisma, mild to moderate acne.

Definition: A Photofacial is skin rejuvenation using light therapy and heat to gently warm the dermis and target surface pigmentation. It stimulates the cells to produce collagen making the skin tighter and more elastic and also heats the sebum, unclogging pores to contribute to a clearer looking complexion. This treatment will target pigment and create clearer, brighter skin.

Typical treatment area is the face but other areas of the body (shoulders, neck, hands) can also be targeted.

Devices:  VL 540 Harmony, stationary

Frequency: 1-6 treatments are usually required, with a resting time of 4 weeks. Can be used in conjunction with Microdermabrasion 2-3 weeks after light treatment.


  1. Avoid direct sun exposure for 1-3 weeks prior to treatment, including tanning beds.
  2. Prep skin for treatments--avoid heavy exfoliation, products etc. Gently cleanse skin the night before and use a light moisturizer and sunscreen.
  3. Be aware of any medications, skin conditions or products that you are currently using that may affect your skin or photosensitivity to light.

What happens during a treatment?

  1. Client forms and consents are supplied and signed.
  2. Consultation of the skin, treatment intensity and frequency is determined.
  3. Treatment begins with test shot on small area and finishes with a full pass over area being targeted.
  4. When treating men, we may not pass over the facial hair growth area such as the beard and moustache. This is up to the discretion of the client and may be more painful due to the level of melanin of the hair follicle under the surface of the skin.

What Should Clients Expect?

  • 20-30% improvement over 30-45 days.
  • First 48 hours-there may be some redness and hotness to the skin, warm to the touch and possibly a slight sunburn feeling or a slight swelling of the skin. These are normal reactions.
  • May experience the skin purifying itself, bringing oil to the surface as the skin cells migrate.
  • Week 1- Shedding of skin cells, including a darkening of skin damage and freckles.
  • Week 2-Lightening of and sloughing of old skin.

Best results are found in a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 28-45 days apart. Can be used as a standalone procedure for less dramatic results. 

After series of treatments are completed, may require maintenance with every changing season.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Transient redness, mild swelling, crusting, hyperpigmentation--treated easily with use of ice and aloe and should disappear within 4-6 weeks.
  • Clients with history of hyperpigmentation and melisma should be treated with caution.
  • Hypo/hyperpigmentation and scarring have occasionally be reported—ensure skin is cooled properly and cared for before and after treatment.
  • All patient concerns, side effects and complications should be addressed and documented.