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IPL Photofacial Treatment in Toronto

IPL Photofacial Before & After Pictures

Starts at $550/treatment
Procedure Time
30-60 minutes
Recovery Time
24-48 hours

How Much Does a IPL Treatment Cost?

IPL Photofacial starts at $550 per treatment. However, a three-treatment package can be purchased for $1,299.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Photofacial?

It can take 24-48 hours to recover from intense pulsed light therapy.

How Long Does a FotoFacial Take?

The IPL treatment procedure takes roughly 30-60 minutes, depending on the area treated.

What Is a FotoFacial?

A FotoFacial, also known as a Photofacial, is an advanced dermatological treatment. It uses the power of multiple light technologies to rejuvenate and repair the skin. It combines radiofrequency, infrared, and intense pulsed light (IPL) energies. The IPL treatment is non-invasive. It targets and reduces many skin imperfections due to sun damage, aging and common skin conditions.

Key areas of focus include the face, neck, chest, and hands, where signs of aging and sun damage, such as red discoloration, fine lines, blemishes, and brown spots (sun spots), are most prevalent. These energies are precisely applied. They treat only damaged skin while saving nearby healthy tissue.

Additionally, the intense pulse light minimizes the visibility of spider veins on the face. It offers two benefits: correcting skin tone and reducing vascular imperfections. The IPL component is key. It treats uneven pigmentation and broken capillaries, giving a clearer, more even complexion.

By promoting collagen production and targeting the underlying causes of skin irregularities, FotoFacials addresses current skin concerns and contributes to the long-term health and vitality of the skin.

Who Is a FotoFacial Candidate?

Deciding whether a Photofacial is the right treatment for you involves carefully assessing your skin’s needs and your readiness to engage in a skincare regimen that supports long-term results. Ideal candidates for IPL treatments are those who:

  • Have Visible Signs of Aging: This includes fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, loss of skin elasticity, and a dull complexion.
  • Struggle with Skin Imperfections: Beyond aging, a FotoFacial can improve the appearance of blemishes, persistent redness, brown spots (sun spots), and other pigment irregularities that contribute to an uneven skin tone.
  • Seek Vascular Improvement: For those with visible spider veins or broken capillaries, particularly around the nose, cheeks, and chin, photofacial treatments can offer a non-invasive solution to reduce their appearance.
  • Commit to Skin Health: Undergoing a FotoFacial also means being prepared to follow a tailored home care routine post-treatment. This includes using recommended skincare products to enhance and maintain the results and following sun protection guidelines to prevent future damage.

If any of these conditions resonate with your current skin concerns and lifestyle, a FotoFacial might be the treatment you’re looking for.

You are not a good candidate for an IPL treatment if you are unrealistic, have certain inflammatory conditions, cancerous tumours, or are using Accutane. If you are not a good candidate for an IPL photofacial treatment, consider other non-surgical treatments at SpaMedica.

4 Benefits of a IPL Photofacial

Vibrant and Youthful Skin

A study on the clinical efficacy of intense pulsed light showed that the effective rate for the treatments was between 88.24% and 96.45% when targeting photodamage and skin rejuvenation.

Stimulates Collagen Production

IPL treatments stimulate the body’s production of collagen. Collagen makes the skin look smoother and younger. By boosting collagen production, people enjoy results well after the procedure. The FotoFacial also reduces unwanted colour, red and brown, in the skin, making your skin tone even.


Photofacial treatments are more affordable than any other age-defying treatment. Those who want to enjoy the results without spending lots of money can get a FotoFacial at SpaMedica.

Fast Recovery

Downtime after a FotoFacial is minimal. People can resume normal activities immediately and are fully recovered after 24-48 hours.

FotoFacial Risks

The FotoFacial procedure is minimally invasive, and serious complications are rare.

Facial Redness

It’s normal to experience some facial redness immediately following the procedure. The face might appear flushed, but this goes away within 48 hours.

Mild Swelling

Mild swelling is also possible after this procedure. Because the swelling is mild, it isn’t always noticeable, so people still feel comfortable going to work and social activities. The swelling generally goes away within 48 hours.


Some patients experience mild bruising following the procedure. The area might be sore, but the bruises normally go away within two days.

Scarring and Permanent Discoloration

While rare, it is possible to experience scarring and permanent discolouration following the procedure. During the consultation, Dr. Amber Chen and the non-surgical SpaMedica team will discuss this complication.

Why Choose SpaMedica for a FotoFacial?

The SpaMedica team works with patients to find the right cosmetic treatments for their individual needs. This might include FotoFacial and additional treatments. Patients know they are in expert hands at SpaMedica. We have helped pioneer the FotoFacial device and program and taught our techniques to thousands of physicians worldwide.

Non-Surgical FotoFacial Alternatives

Skin care, microdermabrasion and chemical peels can also improve important aspects of your skin.

How Is a FotoFacial Performed by SpaMedica?

Patients come in at least a week before the treatment for a spot test. This test is used to ensure that the patient does not have an unusual sensitivity to photorejuvenation treatment.

On the day of the procedure, the area will be numbed with local anesthetic or topical anesthetic cream. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is offered and can also help reduce discomfort. The FotoFacial device is then used to send laser pulses to the treatment area. The procedure is fast and comfortable, and patients go home immediately after.

How to Prepare for a IPL Treatment

Patients should prepare for IPL photofacial treatments by:

  • Stopping anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Avoiding sunlight and tanning.
  • Removing makeup and lotions before the treatment.

What to Expect After a FotoFacial

Patients start to notice the results of the FotoFacial approximately 1 week after treatment. Patients get closer to their desired outcome with each treatment and enjoy the optimal results after the final treatment.

FotoFacial Recovery and Timeline

Recovery from an IPL treatment is quick and easy. Most experience temporary redness that makes the face appear flushed for the first 24-48 hours. Some swelling is also possible. Also, if the treatment was used to treat dark spots, the spots might appear darker initially, but the spots will begin to fade and flake off.

People can resume normal activities immediately following the FotoFacial procedure. However, they should wear sunscreen whenever they are in the sun.

Best Procedures Paired With FotoFacial

Botox injectable, dermal soft tissue fillers and skincare work well with FotoFacial treatments.


How Painful Is It to Get a IPL treatment?

Patients only experience a mild level of discomfort during FotoFacial treatments. Some people experience a slight stinging sensation. Topical numbing cream, forced air cooling, and laughing gas help make all SpaMedica treatments comfortable.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and How Does It Work?

Intense pulsed light is a non-invasive treatment technique that emits intense pulses of light. The light targets the hemoglobin and melanin, damaging the structures. The body either absorbs or disposes of the damaged structures.

Is a Photofacial an Option for All Skin Types?

IPL photofacial treatments are effective for all skin types. However, certain skin types might respond better when the FotoFacial treatment is combined with another procedure. Very dark skin types benefit more from PicoFacial and other non-light-based treatments.

Can You Wear Makeup After an IPL Treatment?

Patients should not wear makeup immediately following an IPL photofacial treatment. However, they can resume wearing makeup shortly thereafter. Once the redness is gone, patients can wear makeup, but they should put on moisturizer before applying makeup.

How Many Treatments Do You Need?

Most patients require five IPL laser treatments, performed once every 3 weeks to achieve the desired results.

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