The skin, being the most exposed part of the body, is subject to many pathogens and irritants that are likely to make it discolored. A photofacial is the method of rejuvenating the skin and getting rid of some of the manifestations of this damage including brown spots, red blotches and rough skin.
The technique involves exposing the skin to a specific wavelength of light. This transfers energy to the cells of the skin. In addition to getting rid of blemishes, the procedure has also been shown to boost collagen production which can reduce wrinkles and makes the skin suppler.
Benefits of Photofacial
Some of the noted benefits of the procedure include:
- Reduces brown spots
- Makes the skin smoother
- Softens the skin and removes fine wrinkles
- A very safe procedure
- Can be used on most skin types
- Does not irritate the skin
About The Procedure
The first step in determining whether a photofacial would be beneficial is by assessing the nature of the blemishes being removed. This is done through a thorough clinical examination as well as by taking a medical history. The cosmetologist will then use this information to determine whether the blemishes can be removed using a photofacial, and the degree of clearance you can expect. There are two main ways photofacials can be done: using LED light and using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).
LED photofacials are very gentle. They involve the use of narrow spectrum light to boost collagen production in the skin. This type of photofacial is cool and relaxing and has no risk of burning. Results are often seen after a few sessions are completed. They might require maintenance treatment every month or two.
IPL photofacials are more aggressive, and can be used to treat broken capillaries, brown spots and even facial redness. The technique involves subjecting the skin to a bright light that has high energy levels. This is done using a handheld device. It is slightly more uncomfortable than an LED photofacial, but newer technologies involve the use of devices that cool the skin as they subject it to the treatment. The number of sessions needed depends on the nature of the blemishes being removed as well as the skin type involved. They are most effective when combined with other skin care routines such as the use of sunscreen.
Photofacial | FAQ
How long is a photofacial session?
This depends on the skin area involved as well as the nature of the blemishes. Most sessions don’t last more than an hour, and the majority are over in 20 minutes.
How long does it take to get back to my daily routine?
You can go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
How painful is it?
LED photofacials are painless. IPL photofacials can produce discomfort that varies from patient to patient. Measures such as administration of a topical numbing agent are often used to prevent pain.
Achieve the Best Results with Dr. Robert S. Fischer – Your Photofacial Expert
Dr. Fischer has been an authority in the medical aesthetics industry for many years, and is particularly effective at providing photofacial procedures. Call us today to book a consultation to see how he can help get rid of your facial blemishes using this technology.