FAQ - Photolifting ®

How does it work?

Bursts of light at different wave length are delivered to the treatment area of the skin at preset lengths of time, calculated in milliseconds and called “pulse duration”.

The light is delivered by a hand piece connected to the main device and adequately fitted with filters and focusing optics.

The light penetrates the skin, is absorbed by the haemoglobin contained in the superficial blood vessels and/or the water present in surrounding tissues, turned into heat and conducted to the target area.

Neck, face and nose redness, telangiectasias, rosacea, red blotches, old age lentigos, and more generally all conditions connected with the unusual dilation of superficial blood vessels, can be efficiently treated using “IPL” devices...

The immediate or progressive photo-coagulation of the superficial blood vessels provides visible and spectacular results and a drastic improvement of the skin appearance in just a few sessions.
The skin pigmentation of each individual is determined by its melanin concentration.

Although mostly homogeneous during young age, later in life due in particular to years of radiations, darker spots tend to appear on the face, forearms, hands or elsewhere

Cells in different locations will store up large quantities of melanin and create what is commonly known as “solar lentigos” or “old age lentigos”.

Intense Pulsed Light correctly applied, using reliable devices, is able in just a few sessions to destroy these localized accumulations of melanin and return skin to a more youthful appearance…

The procedure

No special preparation is needed before undergoing an “IPL” photolifting ® or skin rejuvenation treatment, beside thorough and gentle cleansing of the target area.

During treatment, client/patient and practitioner should wear specially adapted protective eyeglasses In order to shield eyes from the light emitted by the “IPL” device.

The practitioner for certain treatments might ask client/patient to apply a particular cream during a few days prior to the session to enhance treatment results.

A gel is applied onto the skin in the treatment area. This gel will act as a refracting agent, directing and concentrating the light beam to the target.

After deciding on the starting point of his treatment, the practitioner gently rests the quartz lens of the hand piece onto the skin and flashes a first “pulse”. He then moves the quartz to the next spot and so on until treatment is completed.

How many treatments are needed?

This again really depends on the client/patient complexion and skin condition.

As a few examples:

Face, neck and nose redness 2 to 3 sessions
Telangiectasias 3 to 4 sessions
Rosacea, red blotches 3 to 4 sessions
Old age lentigos 1 to 2 sessions
Signs of acne 3 to 4 sessions


How long does one session last?

Depending on the size of the area treated and the extent of the problem, each session may last from 15 to 30 minutes at most.

Does it hurt?

Sensitivity to light treatment varies from one individual to the other as each of us obviously has his own level of pain tolerance.

The practitioner and client/patient may decide together to apply a topical anesthetic preparation 15 minutes before the session to help slightly numb the skin in the treatment area.

Are there any undesirable side effect?

The vast majority of clients/patients do not experience any kind of side effect. Most of them can resume work just after completing their session.

Depending on the client/patient skin type, the category and area of treatment and the energy used in order to maximize results, some overheating and even stinging of the skin surface may occur. The feeling may last for 15/20 minutes or so after the session is over.

Redness of the skin may last for an other hour or so and fade away gradually.

In rare occasion, some scarring and hyper or depigmentation may occur which will slowly disappear in a matter of weeks.

What should be done after treatment?

Never expose the treated area directly to the sun during the 2 weeks following the session at least. If you have to be under the sun anyway, use the strongest possible sun block. Failing to follow this advice may result in serious hyper or depigmentation of the treated area.

The practitioner may advice on the topic application of a specially formulated cream according to the type of treatment undergone.

Does “ILP” Photo-Lifting work on me?

Most people can safely and successfully expose their skin to “IPL” photo-lifting and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Nevertheless, people who have a history of skin sensitivity to light or light-based treatments, or scarring problems, people with skin infections of the treatment area should refrain from seeking any kind of light-based treatment. Pregnant women should also refrain.

Dark or recently tanned skin, may not be suitable for treatment. Practitioner should determine if the device he is using if fit for photo-lifting and skin rejuvenation treatment of darker skin.