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Everything you need to know about Photofacials | FAQs
A laser skin rejuvenation therapy, Photofacials treatment uses light and its various spectral components to improve skin – both inside and out. They are popular due to their safety and non - invasive nature. They are not only therapeutic but also very relaxing and calming.
In this blog, leading dermatologist and skin specialist in Bangalore, Dr. Divya has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Photofacials.
Q. What are the different kinds of photofacial treatments?
Photofacials are of two different kinds - Intense Pulsed light (IPL) and Light emitting diodes (LED).
Intense pulsed light are non-laser high intensity light sources that make use of a high-output flashlamp to produce a broad wavelength output of noncoherent light, usually in the 500 to 1200nm range. It affects deeper layers of skin due to its deeper penetration.
LED treatments work by using an array of bright light-emitting diodes that send low-level light energy into the deeper layers of the skin. Red light LED stimulates cellular activity, including the fibroblasts that produce collagen, which gives young skin its plump look.
Q. What are the benefits of photofacial treatments, especially LED and IPL treatments?
Photofacial treatments are non invasive, that means that it does not involve any needles or lasers. They are closer to nature's biology and hence are very safe.
They have following benefits-
Stimulates collagen production and decreasing wrinkle formation.
Stimulates fibroblasts – the cells which produce collagen, giving strength to the skin.
Decreases free radical formation and hence antioxidant.
Increases blood flow to the skin
Improves facial shine and glow
Decreases redness especially in sensitive skin
Decreases chances of breakouts or pimples
Decreases melanocyte function to some extent preventing pigmentation
Anti ageing and enhances skin health
The blue light in LED decreases the bacterial load of the skin causing reduction in pimples
Improves telangiectasias or fine blood vessels which are visible on the skin especially around the nose
Helps in improving thinning of skin, visible blood vessels and age spots
Helps prevent photodamage
Q. Are there any risks associated with getting photofacials?
LED treatments are relatively superficial and hence devoid of any side effects. It can trigger migraine in sensitive patients and is contraindicated in patients suffering from Epilepsy or seizures.
IPL can rarely cause skin pigmentation when it is performed by a non specialist. IPL facials should be done possibly under supervision of a Dermatologist. On the whole they are well known for their safety profile.
Q. What are some of the ways to prep for a photofacial treatment?
Before you book for photofacial,
One must stop night creams containing retinol or glycolic acid agents at least one week before the procedure.
Make sure that you are regular with your sunscreen application before the procedure.
They don't require much preparation actually which is another benefit.
Q. What are some of the post-procedure care steps you need to take to post a photofacial treatment?
One should avoid exfoliating creams like Retinol, Glycolic and Salicylic acid for a few days after the procedure. Sunscreen application is a must especially after your procedure. Avoid using hot water or steam. Do not use any make up immediately after the procedure. Avoid harsh soaps and toners immediately after the procedure.
Q. How often can you go in for a photofacial treatment?
LED treatments can be done biweekly while IPL treatments can be spaced a month apart. However LED treatments can be combined with other procedures like Skin surfacing, Acne scar, to improve redness associated with them.
Q. Can you give us some expert insight on photofacials as a trend in the beauty community?
I personally consider them as one of my favourites as they not only add immense value to the skin health but are closer to nature. They stimulate the body's own regenerative mechanisms to give the ‘natural glow’ everyone seeks. They are very safe and can be done without any side effects or risks. They are very ‘mood enhancing’ and actually help patients relax as well which is my most favourite part.
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