Different types of light emitting devices are used in Photofacial treatment to treat skin discoloration and reduce the appearance of blemishes. It uses IPL (intense pulse light) which are scientifically proven collagen boosting and have facial revival properties. IPL is technically not a laser but a powerful light source that can penetrate the skin with minimal damage and keeps the epidermis free from any signs of treatment.
Types of photofacial procedures
IPL photofacials: It is also known as Pulsed Light Therapy. A handheld device is used to emit pulses of broad spectrum light through direct contact with the skin. It is ideal for treating broken capillaries, sun damage and other impurities as it acts on the deeper layers of skin.
LED photofacials: Here handheld devices are used to emit light of various colors. They act on the epidermis of the skin making the procedure preferred for treating surface blemishes like acne.
How do photofacials work?
In both IPL and LED procedures of photofacials, the light is being absorbed into the skin. In IPL photofacial, the hemoglobin (red blood cells) and melanin (pigmentation)h soaks up the light, damaging themselves. The intentionally damaged melanin breaks up and is absorbed by the skin, decreasing its appearance on the skin’s surface. The damaged hemoglobin stimulates blood flow, causing the melanin to be absorbed more efficiently.
In LED photofacials the effect is influenced by the color of the light. Green light works similarly to IPL photofacials, breaking up melanin for easier absorption. Other colors, like the aforementioned blue and red light, act on different aspects of the skin.
Photofacial treatments can be used to treat the following:
- Broken capillaries (blood vessels)
- un damage (sun spots)
- Spider veins
- Fine lines
Result of the Treatment
LED photofacials causes no pain but IPL photofacials may result in mild painful. After the treatment your skin will feel smoother with evenly distributed tone. However, dramatic results will appear gradually after multiple treatments.