Good Lights help click a good photo, in which you look fairer, and your skin looks more glowing. But good lights not only do that in photographs, they do that for real too. Those good lights are special intense pulsed light or light-emitting diode used for Photofacial Laser Treatments.
What is Photofacial Laser Treatment?
Photofacial Laser Treatment is a treatment that uses light energy to treat skin problems and skin defects such as acne, scars, pigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines, and improve the texture and tone of the skin. These also help in anti-aging. The light energy used can be an intense pulsed light or a light-emitting diode. Both the methods aim at penetrating the skin and inducing collagen production, which is responsible for keeping the skin tight. Collagen production also helps fill up the wrinkles, fine lines and scars and reduces their appearance.
How are Photofacials Performed?
Photofacials are performed using hand-held devices or lamps that emit lights. In IPL Photofacial treatment, a hand-held device is placed in direct contact with the skin, and sharp pulses of light are focused on the treatment area. These light pulses are absorbed by the skin to break the melanin and induce collagen production by causing injury. This type of photofacial can be slightly discomforting and painful because of the direct contact of skin with lights. To ease out the discomfort, the doctor applies a cool gel a few minutes before starting with the procedure. Moisturizers and cool packs are also applied at the end of the therapy to prevent swelling and redness.
LED photofacials are easier and more comfortable. They use different colored lights to treat different skin problems. The skin is exposed to these lights through a LED lamp or a hand-held device. However, the skin is not placed in direct contact with light, so there is less pain and discomfort. The light is absorbed only in the upper layers of skin and along with breaking the melanin and inducing collagen production, LED photofacial lights also attack the bacteria causing acne and pimples, thereby treating the cause and treating them. But since the light does not penetrate very deep in the skin, LED is not much useful in treating problems such as broken capillaries, freckles, wrinkles, and fine lines, and an IPL photofacial is opted to treat such problems.
So, the type of treatment that you will have to undergo depends on factors such as your skin type, skin tone, skin texture, the problem to be addressed, and your expectations from the treatment.
Who Can and Who Cannot Undergo Photo Facial?
Any person who is fighting skin issues or sun damage can end that fight with the help of photofacial. People with fair, untanned skin are the people for whom the treatment works the best. However, the treatment is not recommended for those who have naturally dark or tanned skin because there is an increased risk of burning from the laser light in such people. It can also lead to hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation and fail the whole purpose of the treatment. It is best to have a consultation and an in-depth discussion with your doctor about all the risks and concerns before you finally decide to go for it.
Side-Effects and Risks of Photofacial
Photofacial treatments have minimal to no risks. There can be redness and swelling in the treated area a few hours or a few weeks after the treatment session. But this is temporary and goes away soon. Other temporary side effects include, blistering, formation of brown spots, crusting, and bruising. These are very normal and go away in a few days. So, there is nothing to worry about them.
Other rare but potential risks that can happen with a photofacial treatment are severe blistering, scabbing, burning, hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation.
However, these risks occur only when the procedure is done without proper consultation with a good medical practitioner. Keep hunting until you find someone you can believe is suitable for you. Never hesitate to ask the doctor for his degrees and portfolio of his other patients who have taken similar treatments, have a careful look at the before and after pictures of those patients and be sure to discuss everything in details, from your medical history to your concerns to your expectation. This way, you will be sure and satisfied that you have made the right decision.
Care to be Taken After Photofacial
It requires a few sessions for photofacial to start showing results, and you need to take care to keep those results prolonged. Your skin becomes sun sensitive after being exposed to laser lights, so prevention from the sun is vital. Avoid going out in the sun, especially when there is direct heat. Use sun protection and sunscreens when going out, and even when you are inside to stay prevented from the effects of the sun. Also, take care to apply moisturizers and cool packs to avoid redness and swelling. You can also prolong the results with scheduled maintenance.
Photofacials are great way for skin rejuvenation, to get rid of skin problems, and skin defects, and the best is they work for your whole body. Just a few sessions and a little care, and there you are with glowing, flawless skin.