What is it?
A photofacial is a treatment for the skin that uses a light-based technology to boost the collagen, lighten the brown spots, and diminish the broken capillaries.
It is also an effective treatment for broken veins and spider veins.
There are two types of photofacials available: Intense-Pulsed Light (IPL) and the Light-Emitting Diode (LED) treatments.
- IPL Photofacial
This treatment uses laser light to target the different pigmentation issues, such as brown spots, sun damage and red spots, and Rosacea.
The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment-producing cells and then dispersing the uneven pigment. IPL Photofacial is used for treating areas of the body that includes the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back, arms, legs etc.
Benefits of IPL Photofacial
- Brown and Red Spots
- Sun Damage
- Spider Veins
- Pigment Imperfections
- LED Photofacial
It works by the emission of infrared light, causing heat, in different wavelengths/spectrums. This is found to have different skin care benefits. LED Photofacial therapy is more preferred by patients as it can fix skin problems such as acne and also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The different infrared light can be used to target specific areas and skin conditions.
- Red Infrared light is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
- Blue Infrared light is used to reduce acne and prevent breakouts by killing the acne-causing bacteria. It can also penetrate deep into the skin and treat the cystic acne.
- Benefits of LED Photofacial
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
- Reduces the appearance of scars and other skin ailments, such as rosacea by deeply penetrating the skin and promoting the growth of skin cells
- Treating acne
Some of the risks involved with Photofacial are:
- Redness, tenderness, and swelling of skin from 48-hour to 1-week post-treatment.
- Blisters And Burns
- Appearance of unwanted pigmentation, white or dark patches, usually found in dark-skinned or tanned patients.
Authored By: Dr. Priya J Talageri