The SFP Medispa is well known to offer the latest technology and premium skin care solutions for our patients. Sciton IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and (BBL) Broad-band light are two similar anti-aging treatments that have gained popularity over the years as being safe, gentle extremely gratifying. They are both highly effective and efficient treatments, with high patient satisfaction due to their enduring properties and powerful technologies. These treatments are designed to help both men and women achieve a smoother, more even skin tone -reducing visible signs of aging, damage or discolouration.
The technology is a non-invasive and non-ablative, meaning that no skin is removed, which can occur with some of the other laser technologies. The primary purpose is to rejuvenate aging skin, remove imperfections and any damage to the skin in order to give it a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Intense pulsed light, fotofacial or photofacial treatments eliminate redness, broken capillaries, brown spots, and reduce fine wrinkles and large pores.
Using a series of full-face treatments and specific light parameters, one will see consistent and dramatic improvements of sun damage, flushing, redness and broken capillaries. Patients observe smoother skin with visible improvements in irregular pigmentation, fine wrinkles, and pore size. Generally, different wave lengths of light are absorbed by the skin. Some of the light is taken up by pigment, others by reds in the skin. The end result is to produce a complexion that is more even toned, smoother and youthful. Whether referred to as IPL, fotofacial, photorejuvenation or BBL, this newer technology that uses broadspectrum light can gently and effectively treat a variety of skin conditions.
The characteristic redness of vascular lesions is reduced and pigmented or brown spots on the skin are faded for a more smooth and youthful appearance. IPL treatments can dramatically affect photo-aging or skin damage due to sun exposure on the face, neck, chest, and hands; almost any area of the body where sun damage is apparent.
Intense pulsed light, fotofacial or photorejuvenation treatment takes minutes, requires no anesthesia, and patients are able to return to full activities immediately after treatments. There are few technologies that can achieve these results. The absence of “downtime,” scarring, minimal discomfort, ease of treatments, and the high degree of patient satisfaction offer a number of advantages over laser skin resurfacing, chemical peeling, or microdermabrasion.
People that desire to improve the appearance of their skin and reduce sun damage, but wish to avoid the downtime and discomfort of laser resurfacing are considered good candidates for the Fotofacial treatment. People who are looking to achieve a more dramatic improvement in their skin than can be accomplished with a microdermabrasion treatment, will find the fotofacial treatment an excellent choice.
Younger patients with milder degrees of skin damage or early signs of aging are considered ideal candidates for the Fotofacial, but perhaps do not want the higher costs associated with other available treatments, along with the downtime and discomfort of other procedures. Other patients may desire instant dramatic results in their skin than other treatments can deliver.
Please note that a “one size fits all” approach is not what we offer, nor is it ideal when it comes to the state of the art IPL anti-aging treatment. Instead, the light technology is customized. In other words, the light will be modified according to the unique skin colour of the patient as well as the unique skin condition that they have. The end result is a more even skin tone, as well as skin that appears younger looking and radiant.
Unlike laser light, IPL uses broad spectrum light with cut-off filters that are customized to reach only the areas that are to be treated without damaging the surface layers of skin. The wave lengths only affect the blood vessels being targeted or the melanin in the skin that is causing the dark spots. The pin-pointed areas of the skin that absorb the light and heat energy, are effectively destroyed and eventually eliminated through the body’s natural healing processes. Part of that natural healing process includes the production of new collagen— the essential building block of fresh, healthy, new skin — resulting in improved texture, reduced pore size, and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.
The capability of IPL technology to avoid damage to the upper and most visible layer of the skin is one reason many patients choose this procedure over laser, chemical peels or other more invasive skin resurfacing techniques. Because the treated tissue is under the surface, there are few side effects, larger areas can be treated at one time, and little or no downtime is involved. Active patients love this procedure since they don’t have to slow down, stay home from work or miss out on other activities.
In the spectrum of skin resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures available, IPL falls between microdermabrasion or chemical peels and laser treatments.
In order to best assist you, we require all cosmetic patients to schedule a virtual or in-person consultation. There is a fee of $100 plus HST for all consultations. Your consultation fee will be credited towards your procedure and/or treatment. To schedule a consultation, please complete the attached form or call our office at 905-764-7799. We look forward to hearing from you.