Why You Need a Winter Photofacial

October 1, 2020


How to Achieve More Luminous, Healthy Skin In Less Than Two Weeks

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.

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

So, 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.

First, the handheld IPL device is applied to your skin. It then emits a flash of light that causes the melanin (brown pigment) or hemoglobin (red blood cells) in your skin to heat up and be reabsorbed by 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. A full face can take up to 90 minutes. You will need 3 to 5 treatments, once 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.

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.

IPL Vs. Laser Treatments

Photofacial treatments are different from fractional laser resurfacing because photofacials produce a single white flash, which is emitted from a rectangular window. The fractional laser produces a concentrated pulse of narrow-bandwidth light which is, as the name implies, fractionated into many tiny microbeams of light, which penetrate the skin and cause micro-columns of heat.

IPL light is absorbed only by a target in the skin, such as brown pigment or red in the blood cells. This causes them to heat up, destroying the cells which contain them. The results take 1-2 weeks to appear.

Fractional laser resurfacing creates micro-columns of heat throughout the surface of your skin, stimulating the body's own healing process to produce fresh new collagen. As it takes time for your body to create the collagen, the improvements will appear slowly over the course of three to six months.

There is very little downtime after a photofacial. You will leave the treatment looking like you had a mild sunburn, and this will resolve within a day or two. If the photofacial was targeting pigmentation, the targeted areas will appear darker immediately after the treatment and will naturally slough off within 1-2 weeks. Makeup may be gently applied immediately after the treatment.

You may appear a little redder after a fractional laser treatment, but this redness will also subside after a day or two.

How to Prep for A Photofacial

+ Avoid Tanning For 4 Weeks Prior

+ Avoid Direct Sunlight

+ Moisturize and Hydrate Regularly

+ Avoid Smoking

+ Avoid Retinols and Certain Antibiotics

Photofacial Aftercare Tips

+ Avoid the Sun (Wear SPF)

+ Hydrocortisone

+ Moisturize and Hydrate Regularly

+ Cold Compress

+ Avoid Hard Water and Do Not Scrub/Rub Face

+ No Exercise 24 Hours After Treatment

+ No Topical Products That Can Cause Irritation

+ No Topical Products That Can Cause Irritation

The Takeaway

Technically, no one needs a photofacial. But most people suffering from common skin problems can (and should) benefit from one. Not only does it clear up imperfections, but it's actually healthy for your skin. The results are almost instant, are incredibly long-lasting, and there's almost no downtime.



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