Intense pulsed light therapy improves the look of skin that has sun damage or excessive redness. The treatment is also called a laser photofacial, and it gives you a refreshed, brighter look. An expert provider at Femme Next Generation Women's Care in Thousand Oaks, California, will help you see if a skin-rejuvenating photofacial is right for you.
A laser photofacial is also known as photorejuvenation. It uses intense pulsed light therapy to target the lower layers of your skin with light pulses. This light features a broad spectrum of wavelengths that target red and brown pigmented spots as well as broken capillaries on the face. The treatment results in a more even skin tone and brightens your skin.
It simultaneously eliminates damaged and photoaged skin. Melanin, the pigment in sunspots and age spots, sits beneath the skin’s surface. The light pulses break the pigment into small particles that slough away or get eliminated naturally by your lymphatic system.
The light penetrates deep into your skin and causes the constriction of collagen and blood vessels, which fades any redness and improves the appearance of your complexion. You’ll experience benefits in not just the color but also the texture and appearance of your skin.
The number of intense pulsed light treatments you’ll need depends on the severity of your skin discoloration. Most people achieve optimal results in one to three sessions.
Healthy men and women who have notable freckles, sun damage, blotchy skin, large pores, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation benefit from photofacials. It’s best for people with white, untanned skin.
The treatment is relatively quick and has no downtime. You may experience slight redness and swelling post-facial, but that will resolve in a day or two. You should avoid the sun for a minimum of two weeks following treatment by either covering your face or wearing strong sunscreen.
Laser photofacials are safe, and most people tolerate the procedure well. As the light pulses hit your skin, you may feel a slight “ping,” as if a rubber band was snapping against your skin.
You’ll enter a treatment room and be given protective eyewear. A cooling gel is then applied to your skin. Your provider uses laser high-grade technology during every laser photofacial to ensure the best results in all treatment areas. Usually, you’ll feel warming sensations and small snaps as the device applies light pulses for about 20-30 minutes. You can apply sunscreen and makeup immediately following the session.
* Individual results may vary.