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What is a Photofacial and how does it work?

Now that the warm weather is over and winter is setting in, you might be starting to notice the impact all that time in the sun has had on your skin. If you suffer from sun damage, sunspots, rosacea, flushing, or even spider veins and broken capillaries, you could benefit from a photofacial. IPL photofacial treatments can also help with acne and post acne marks.

Everyone wants luminous, smooth and natural-looking skin. Photofacials are a great way to achieve this without looking overdone or artificial. They can even reduce the appearance of freckles.

What Is a Photofacial and How Does It Work?

A photofacial uses intense pulsed light (or IPL) to target the hemoglobin and melanin in your skin that causes visible redness and dark spots.

During the procedure, a handheld IPL device is pressed against your skin. It will feel cold. The handpiece will then emit a flash of light that causes the melanin (brown pigment) or hemoglobin (red blood cells) in your skin to heat up and be reabsorbed during your body’s natural healing process. In the case of brown spots, you will notice they will become darker and eventually slough off. Normally, it takes only 1 to 2 weeks to see results and up to a month for your skin to heal completely.

A photofacial session usually takes around 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the area you’re treating. We typically recommend a series of 3 to 5 treatments, every 4 to 6 weeks. You may experience some mild discomfort during the first session, but as your skin starts to improve, the discomfort will lessen with each subsequent treatment. There is very little risk but this treatment however it is not recommended for higher fitzpatrick skin types or if your skin is tanned.

The effects of a photofacial can be long lasting. With the use of the right products, you can help to extend the results. However, photofacials are more of a control than a cure, and you may choose to go for a touch-up session about once a year following the initial series of treatments. The most important thing to remember is to continue taking good care of your skin both during the treatments and afterwards.

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