Most of us would like a quick fix for our skin--get rid of spots, wrinkles or acne without a lot of cost, downtime or pain.
Seems like a pipe dream but one treatment that comes close to fulfilling all of the requirement is the IPL Photo Facial.
Unlike some other lasers that cause enough redness, swelling and peeling to require some time out of the public eye, IPL Photo Facials can have an impact on skin issues without the dreaded downtime.
Laser Plus Lasertrolysis and Skin Care Center in Vienna, VA www.laserplus.bz performs the facials regularly and has nurses and licensed estheticians on staff who are trained in the procedure.
Recently BeautyInDC.com interviewed owner/expert Naiema Riaz about the benefits of the IPL Photo Facial:
Q: WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IPL PHOTO-FACIAL AND WHAT CONDITIONS DOES IT ADDRESS?
A: IPL/Photo Facials/Skin Rejuvenation all do the same thing. The goal of the treatment is to give the client an even skin tone. It also targets Brown sun spots/age spots, it helps minimize the appearance of Rosacea/Flushing. An ideal candidate is someone who is a lighter skin tone and does not have too much color to their skin. We follow a Fitzpatrick scale and on that scale you must be type I-IV. This means that dark Asian skin or African American skin tones are not candidates for the IPL treatment.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PROCEDURE?
A: Generally we have a client fill out a consultation form and then review it with them. If you are on Retin-A or have used or had a glycolic acid or AHA treatment, we strongly advise the client to stop these applications to the skin because these type of products cause sun sensitivity which produces a greater chance of us burning the skin. Once the consultation is reviewed and there are no contraindications, we go ahead and wash the face and clean any make-up or cream off the face. we then proceed with applying a thick layer of ultrasonic gel to the skin and depending on the condition we are treating, we program the machine according to the skin condition. The machine produce a shot of pulsed laser light on to the skin or the area being treated. The client may chose to apply numbing cream 30mins prior to the treatment to minimize any discomfort. Normally, when the pulsed laser light is shot on the skin, it feels like a rubber band sting.
Q: WILL THERE BE ANY DOWNTIME AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
A: This is the best part of IPL photo facials- No down time! You can come in on your lunch hour, have the treatment done and return to work with little or no side effects to worry about. The most important thing to do is apply SPF.
Q: WILL THERE BE AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE SKIN AFTER JUST ONE TREATMENT AN HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE?
A: Most clients say their skin feels tight immediately after the treatment. If they are being treated for the sun spots/brown age spots, the spots will immediately become darker and then over a period of 3-5 days start to flake off and become lighter. An average client may take up to 5 treatments to see the end result. The end result typically depends on how the client's skin reacts at each treatment and how much their skin can tolerate and also how bad the condition is that is being treated. See Before/After pictures below:
Q: WHO PERFORMS THE TREATMENTS?
A: A Registered Nurse, A Master Esthetician or a Medical Doctor can all perform the treatments.
Q: HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
A: It depends on variables. Is the client following with proper after care? Is he/she using sunscreen, are they keeping up with the treatment as recommended? Typically after 5 treatments, we would ask the client to start maintenance treatments. But if the condition requires more than 5 treatments, they would continue to do so.
Q: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF THE TREATMENT?
A: Typically the treatment for the whole face costs $300. We do have specials where we have discounted it to $200. We also offer packages and we can also do just spot treatments for $100.
Laser Plus offers many treatments including Laser Hair Removal, Electrolysis, Permanent Makeup and other services. They have just introduced Botox and are offering a limited time introductory special of $10.50/unit!
Laser Plus Lasertrolysis and Skin Care Center
380 Maple Avenue, West
Suite #301 Vienna, VA 22180
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