A complete guide to this scientifically-advanced facial
The pandemic inadvertently put a pause on new innovations, launches, and products. In 2021, as the world gears up to adapt with what can be said to be the ‘new normal’, these innovations and advancements in science and technology are all coming to the forefront. In the space of beauty and skincare, there has been considerable progress. Clinics and professionals globally are using these prolific scientific advancements to better their treatments and offer their clients services that cannot be paralleled as far as technology is concerned. In this context, one such advanced beauty treatment happens to be what is termed as a ‘photofacial’. If you are wondering how this facial works and whether you are the right candidate for it, here’s everything you need to know.
You can know more about photo facials and other treatments that you probably have to know about from the dermatologist in Mumbai, Dr Geetika who is an expert at the skin at ISAAC Luxe.
What are photofacials?
A photofacial, or fotofacial, also known as photorejuvenation, is a skin treatment that uses a light-based technology that penetrates the skin and works to rejuvenate it and minimise damage. There are different types of photofacials based on the type of light technology used.
How does a photofacial work?
In a photofacial, a powerful light source is used that has the ability to penetrate the skin with minimal skin damage. Similar to the functioning of a laser, the light source works by filtering various wavelengths of light to react with specific skin conditions, which effectively stimulates skin regeneration in the epidermis (skin’s outermost layer) as well as the dermis (skin beneath the epidermis). This is done via increased collagen and elastin fibre production by gently penetrating the deep layers of the skin while sparing damage to its outer layers, inducing a natural wound healing mechanism. This controlled injury imposed on the dermis is a major factor in what leads to reportedly younger, fresher, and tighter skin.
It is important to note that the effects of ageing on the dermal layer are significant. Besides the dermal layer thinning, relatively less collagen is produced, and the elastin fibers that provide elasticity wear out. These changes cause the skin to wrinkle and sag. By stimulating their production, photofacials, at least in theory, turn back the clock. Photofacial treatments also have an impact on acne, reducing sebaceous gland activity as well as constricting blood vessels to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries or spider veins and targetting dark pigment, which lessens the appearance of dark spots.
What are the different types of photofacials?
The two most popular photofacial treatments are IPL (intense-pulsed light) and LED (light-emitting diode).
- LED (light-emitting diode): LED treatments (often referred to as a non-IPL or ‘light therapy’) work best for minor skin concerns since they act only on the outer layer of the skin. This treatment is often performed via a handheld device or lamp. An LED photofacial is painless, cool, and relaxing and uses a narrow spectrum of light to gently boost collagen, creating plumper, younger-looking skin. This procedure can also kill the bacteria that causes acne and is sometimes offered as an add-on feature to a regular facial. Engaging in regular monthly treatments ensures best results.
- IPL (intense-pulsed light): For more serious conditions that affect deeper layers of skin (like age spots and wrinkles), IPL procedures work better. During the procedure, the technician emits a blast of light at intense pulses that absorb deeper into the skin than that of an LED treatment. IPL treatments have a downtime of two weeks and require multiple visits before they are fully healed. The number of IPL photofacials you need varies depending on the condition and the desired results.
Who is a good candidate?
People who have damaged skin due to any of the following are ideal candidates for the photofacial:
- Sun damage
- Acne and acne scars
- Dark spots
- Fine lines
What are the benefits of the photofacial?
- It treats a wide range of pigmentation and general skin issues: This treatment can target almost any pigmentation concern you have, from acne scarring to sun and age spots and even the redness that comes with rosacea. According to a 10-year study by Stanford University, IPL photofacials not only repair signs of ageing but help prevent future ageing concerns as well.
- The procedure is non-invasive with minimal risk: Compared to some other treatments that help combat ageing skin, the IPL photofacial is considerably less invasive and comes with very minimal risks. A super targetted beam of light helps get rid of whatever skin concern you are experiencing without any invasion.
- Improves skin quality and texture: With time, our skin quality deteriorates due to multiple reasons. The treatment enables the skin to retain its quality and smooth texture often making it better than it previously was.
- It’s quick and (relatively) painless: The photofacial should take less than an hour to complete, with many patients in and out within 45 minutes making this procedure very easy to fit in during a workday. The treatment itself is so mild that it doesn’t require any numbing cream or anesthetic. The sensation is eased by cool air on the face and fades quickly, making it very tolerable for all patients.
- Requires minimal downtime: Another great benefit of IPL photofacials is the limited downtime needed after the procedure. Patients are generally able to resume their daily activities immediately following their treatment and full recovery is typically achieved within two weeks. Immediately following the photofacial, you may experience some redness and/or mild swelling that will typically go away in two to three days.
Recovery and results
Results are visible almost instantly for most patients as the skin appears radiant and glowing. Post the photofacial you will need to protect your skin from environmental stressors and sun exposure for at least two weeks. Wearing sunscreen and minimising outdoor activities is recommended. Other than that, all normal activities can be resumed immediately post the treatment including application of makeup.
Given the multiple benefits of the scientifically advanced photofacial, it is a seemingly great upgrade from your regular facial. With technology consuming all other aspects of our life, taking care of our skin and preventing damage employing its benefits shouldn’t be missed out. If you are considering a photofacial, it is important to consult an experienced medical professional who can guide and answer all queries you might have about the treatment.
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