IPL in Charlotte, NC

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What are the Benefits of IPL?

Sun damage, age spots, and hyperpigmentation are common problems but can be very hard to treat through over-the-counter products alone. Photofacials are a safe, noninvasive way to see noticeable improvements in your complexion. The IPL process is quick and comfortable, with most treatments lasting less than an hour. Our experienced professionals use top-of-the-line tools and equipment, helping ensure you get the best possible results.

IPL photofacials also offer other advantages, including:

  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
  • Smoothing of acne scars or scars caused by surgery and trauma
  • Fewer broken capillaries
  • Reduced redness
  • Brighter, healthier complexion overall

If you are struggling with how your complexion looks because of sun damage or splotchy skin, Essential Aesthetics and Laser can offer you intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy in Charlotte, NC. An IPL photofacial is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin for individuals with hyperpigmentation concerns on their neck, face, hands, or chest. Licensed aesthetician Lori Alessandrini uses a device to send intense pulses of light energy that warm the skin just enough to trigger the natural healing process and increase the production of collagen. As the added nutrients take effect, you should see a healthier complexion with a more even tone and fewer dark spots.

Am I a Candidate for IPL?

IPL photofacials are suitable for individuals with mild to moderate skin concerns, such as sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and minor scarring. However, it may not be recommended for those with certain medical conditions. It is always best to consult with a professional at Essential Aesthetics and Laser to determine if IPL is the right way to move forward. During this appointment in Charlotte, NC, your skin will be evaluated and a personalized treatment plan will be created to address your specific issues. Our team is committed to helping you achieve the healthy, glowing complexion you desire.

How is IPL Performed?

Each IPL photofacial typically begins with the application of a cooling gel to the treatment area for skin protection and patient comfort. The IPL device is then passed across the skin, emitting targeted pulses of broad-spectrum light onto the skin's surface, which penetrates to deeper layers without damaging the surrounding tissue. The procedure may cause a mild sensation of warmth or a snapping feeling on the skin, but it is generally well-tolerated. After the treatment session, any remaining gel is removed, and the skin may appear slightly pink or flushed, but this typically resolves within a few hours to a day.

There is no downtime needed with an IPL photofacial treatment. You will leave your appointment with your complexion a little inflamed and red. This will subside naturally in about a day. It may also help to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling. Over the course of several days, the irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface and then start to flake away. You should keep your skin protected from the sun as often as possible after an IPL photofacial treatment and not pick at your skin while it heals. While you will have some visible results after your first treatment, your skin will attain ideal results with multiple sessions.

Ive had IPL done with Lori and am currently getting Laser hair removal done. The services here are 5 star as are the people. Their laser hair removal machine is painless and FAST by the way.

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The staff is so friendly and helpful. They are super knowledgeable and I loved the atmosphere! My first IPL treatment was amazing!

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I have enjoyed all my services at Essential Aesthetics. Honestly, Lori changed my life with her IPL work on a scar of mine that was huge on my face. So thankful for everyone here!

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You probably didn't think too much about your skin's health when you had a clear complexion, but once issues like dark spots or uneven skin tone have appeared, you might be interested in procedures that correct your skin. We encourage you to learn more about IPL treatments by contacting Essential Aesthetics and Laser in Charlotte, NC and scheduling a consultation with Lori.

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How much does IPL cost?

Every patient case is unique, which means your cost for a photofacial will be dependent on your goals. Essential Aesthetics and Laser offers specials on treatments like IPL often and we accept several payment methods. During your initial visit, your technician can estimate your cost and recommend the number of treatments needed for optimal results.

How quick are the results from IPL?

Some results can be seen after one session, but optimal results are visible a month after your last treatment. It’s common for you to see different responses following every treatment session. You will see fading of redness, blotchiness, sunspots, and age spots over time.

What are the possible side effects of IPL?

You may experience mild side effects like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, blisters, or bruising. These subside within a day or two after the procedure. You will be sun sensitive and you should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will negatively affect your results. We also recommend using sunscreen to prevent issues like spots and redness.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.