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With age, sun damage, and other life experiences, your complexion can develop dark spots or areas of discoloration that are difficult to conceal with makeup alone. While some topical products and creams promise to lighten up age spots, the majority are ineffective or produce only temporary results. At Instinct Holistic Medical Spa in Bozeman, MT, Dr. Sarah Donahue and our team of aesthetic providers offer the IPL photofacial as a solution for patients seeking a more effective and longer-lasting way to even out their complexion and feel more confident about their skin once again. Ready to learn more about the benefits of a photofacial for discoloration? Let’s go!

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation – or discoloration of the skin – comes in many forms, some of the most common of which are:

  • Melasma
  • Age spots
  • Sunspots
  • Port wine stains

Redness and discoloration associated with rosacea and spider veins can also be a cosmetic nuisance.

Factors that may be responsible for certain types of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Sun damage (sun exposure)
  • Hormones
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Smoking
  • Health/lifestyle factors

How can I fade dark spots on my skin?

One of the most convenient treatments for smoothing out an uneven skin tone is the intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial. With an IPL photofacial, patients can address a variety of skin concerns without a lengthy recovery period. These may include:

  • Various forms of hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Rough skin texture
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins

What is an IPL photofacial?

The IPL photofacial is a noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to improve the health and appearance of a person’s complexion using a combination of intense pulsed light and the Alma DyeVL® pulse dye laser energy. During treatment, which can be performed on the face, neck, and upper chest, the photofacial handpiece glides over the skin to deliver a combination of energies. This heats the cells and tissues to a precise temperature, at which point the body’s natural rejuvenating properties kick in. Over the course of several days, pigmented cells rise to the skin’s surface, after which time they’ll naturally flake away. Once the skin has fully healed and recovered, patients will enjoy a more even, healthier, glowing complexion.

How long is recovery after a photofacial?

Almost immediately after your IPL photofacial, you may experience mild redness, swelling, and irritation. Our providers will supply IPL photofacial aftercare instructions to help minimize these symptoms. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and other activities within a day or two, if not sooner. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure and refrain from picking your skin as it heals. On average, the peeling and flaking process after an IPL photofacial takes about one week. With regular IPL photofacials at approximately one-month intervals, you can keep your skin consistently smoother, brighter, and healthier-looking for years to come.

Kick dark spots to the curb with an IPL photofacial in Bozeman, MT
Have you had enough of covering your melasma or sun-damaged skin with makeup day after day? If you’re ready to treat hyperpigmentation from within, it may be time to consider an IPL photofacial. For more information on the benefits of photofacial therapy for discoloration and uneven skin tone, call Instinct Holistic Medical Spa to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sarah Donahue and our esteemed team of aesthetic colleagues today.


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.


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