What Is Photofacial Treatment?

What Is Photofacial Treatment?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials were first approved by the FDA in 1995 and have been used by medical providers over the last few decades to greatly improve the appearance of  skin on the face, hands, neck, chest and legs.

How Photofacial Treatment Works

Also called laser skin rejuvenation, an IPL photofacial treatment uses intense pulses of light to target cells just below the skin’s surface. These cells are responsible for pigment production. When they’re destroyed in an IPL photofacial treatment, our patients see diminished age spots, improved skin texture and improved dark circles. They also see a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines.

Results with photofacials can take time. You’ll see some improvement after your first session, but you may want to do a series of sessions to see full results. Experts often recommend somewhere between three and six sessions. However, this recommendation depends on your skin type and condition, so talk with your medical professional about what’s right for you.

Photofacials are only recommended for people with fair to medium skin tones. This is because the pigment in skin absorbs light energy, and people with deep skin tones are more likely to burn and scar from the treatment.

What Photofacials Treat

Most medical professionals use IPL photofacials to decrease brown spots from sun damage. However, photofacials can also be used to treat:

  • Age spots, sunspots, freckles and melasma (hyperpigmentation)
  • Broken capillaries
  • Acne discoloration and scars
  • Rosacea, severe redness or flushing
  • Skin texture, including fine lines and wrinkles

How Long Does it Take to Heal After a Photofacial? 

There’s little to no downtime after a photofacial. For a few hours afterward, your skin may seem a little flushed or puffy. However, you’ll be able to go back to your regular activities. If you need to, you can use an ice pack or cool washcloth to help you feel more comfortable after your treatment.

Over the next week, your skin will go through a healing process. You’ll see pigmented spots appear to rise to the surface of your skin and fall off. Because photofacials make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage, we recommend that you avoid sun exposure and use a high-SPF sunblock following your treatment.

Learn More About Your IPL Photofacial Options

A photofacial can improve the overall look and feel of your skin, giving you a healthy glow. Learn more about whether it’s right for you by calling Balance Hormone. Talk with one of our medical professionals today by calling us at 480-718-9960 or scheduling an appointment.

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