• Texas Facial Aesthetics

    Your Face Deserves a Specialist

    At Texas Facial Aesthetics, we specialize exclusively in the treatment of the face, eyes, nose, scalp, and neck. We combine meticulous technique and delicate artistry to provide each patient with a personalized, natural result that reflects their own inner beauty.

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  • Texas Facial Aesthetics

    Your Face Deserves a Specialist

    At Texas Facial Aesthetics, we specialize exclusively in the treatment of the face, eyes, nose, scalp, and neck. We combine meticulous technique and delicate artistry to provide each patient with a personalized, natural result that reflects their own inner beauty.

    Learn More

IPL Photofacial Dallas

Treat sun spots and uneven pigmentation with our non-invasive intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial treatments, designed to target an array of skin imperfections for a more even, luminous and youthful-looking complexion. IPL causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines. Thanks to cooling of the skin, the treatment involves minimal discomfort and offers dramatic results with little downtime and low risk of side effects.

Treatments are custom-tailored to target specific skin issues including:

  • Acne
  • Large pores
  • Wrinkles and lines
  • Sun spots and freckles
  • Blotchy, irregular pigmentation
  • Broken capillaries and redness
  • Rosacea
  • Collagen Stimulation

A series of 3 to 5 treatments scheduled at 4-week intervals is recommended. Best results come with supplemental sun protection and a good home skincare routine. Slight redness and “peppering” after IPL will subside over several days as skin becomes more radiant, soft, and beautiful.

Please discuss with us your exact medication list – be sure to mention if you are taking any antibiotics. Please let us know if you have a condition known as porphyria (a condition that causes sensitivity to light). Photosensitizing medications, self-tanners, and sun exposure (tanning) should be avoided prior to treatment.

Treatment Areas:

  • Face
  • Hands
  • Upper Chest/Décolletage
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Neck

What is IPL?
Intense pulsed light is a technology designed to target varies skin imperfections such as sun spots, uneven pigmentation, acne, and redness/vascularity of the skin.

How is IPL performed?
The IPL device is similar to a laser. The handpiece is gently pressed onto the skin, with a smooth, transparent surface emitting a bright light on the targeted areas.

Is IPL painful?
IPL uses intense blasts of light and heat which can be uncomfortable, depending on the treatment, your skin type and condition, and your own pain tolerance. Most patients compare the sensation to that of flicking of a rubber band. In some cases, we use topical numbing cream to decrease any discomfort associated with the treatment.

How many treatments of IPL will I need?
On average, 3-6 IPL treatments performed 4-6 weeks apart are sufficient to treat and correct skin depending on your target and your expectation of results.

Can I do IPL if I am pregnant?
It is not recommended to receive IPL treatments while pregnant.

Are there other contraindications to IPL? 
Common contraindications for IPL include (but are not limited to) pregnancy, breast feeding, sunburn, tanned skin, irritated skin, herpes virus, laser hair removal photosensitizing medications such as antibiotics, Accutane use within the past 6 months, and use of retinols or acid products within the past 48-72 hours.

Is IPL safe for all skin types and colors?
Not everyone is suitable for IPL. IPL works best for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-3 (lighter skin tones), depending on the type of IPL device and what you are specifically treating for. For darker skin types, there is a higher risk of pigmentation issues like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or burning of the skin that could occur.

Who is a good candidate for IPL?
Best candidates for IPL treatment are usually skin types 1-3 on the Fitzpatrick scale. IPL treatments are recommended for patients with lighter skin tones looking to treat sun damage, pigmentation, brown spots, rosacea, mild acne, redness, and vascularity concerns.

Is IPL safe?
IPL is safe when performed by a trained skincare professional. However, there are some risk such as burns or blistering that could occur, but are rare. We recommend starting IPL treatments in the fall or winter to avoid sun exposure which is the biggest contraindication.

What is the downtime with IPL?
As IPL does not break the surface of the skin, you can immediately apply makeup to cover redness. It is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise, sweating, or adding extra heat to skin immediately following IPL treatments up to 24 hours.  Be sure to use skincare gentle products during the healing process and if peeling or flaking do occur, do not pick for risk of pigmenting skin.

What can I expect after IPL?
After an area has been treated with IPL it will look and feel like a sunburn. This sensation may persist for a few hours post-treatment. It is common for brown pigment to get darker within the next few days while making its way to the surface; then flaking off 7-14 days later to reveal fresher newer skin.

EMAIL US today or call us at (469) 362-6975 to find out more about how we can help you look your best.

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