Here's Why Photofacials Are Becoming So Popular

With summer just around the corner, you may face that modern-day dilemma. Do you submit to sun worship again this year or do you finally take steps to repair cumulative effects from suntans that long ago faded? Ultraviolet light (UV) penetrates the outer layer of your skin and causes changes to the dermis, the middle layer, that dry your skin while reducing its volume and elasticity.

Ironically, you can turn to light to repair the damage. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy continues to grow in popularity as a treatment that reduces the visible signs of sun damage to your skin. Talk to the medical aesthetics team at Laser & Vitality Institute to learn more about what an IPL photofacial can do for you. You may be a few short weeks away from younger-looking skin, without the discomfort and recovery time associated with other facial treatments.

The power of light

Lasers have a long history of medical use. Using a single wavelength of focused light, lasers deliver energy in the form of a light beam, though it’s often invisible. Depending on the wavelengths chosen, this light energy interacts with different tissues. It’s absorbed by some skin components while remaining virtually invisible to others.

IPL is similar to lasers, but instead uses a range of wavelengths, providing a broad spectrum of effective coverage while maintaining its invisibility to your outer skin, the epidermis. IPL, therefore, treats a wider range of skin issues than lasers do in a single treatment. Other facial methods damage the epidermis while penetrating to the dermis, causing long recovery time as your skin heals.

The sun’s deleterious effects

The target of many facial therapies is the collagen and elastin in the dermis. Collagen forms a matrix that supports your epidermis while elastin provides elasticity to keep your skin smooth. Sun and UV exposure, over time, cause changes to the structure of elastin. This, in turn, starts changes that disrupt the collagen matrix, dry out your skin, create hyperpigmentation problems (age spots), all while adding fine lines and wrinkles to your skin.

IPL to the rescue

An IPL treatment, lasting about 30 minutes, transfers light energy through your epidermis for absorption by the collagen in the middle skin layer. As this energy transfers, collagen tissue warms to the coagulation point, a temperature at which the body recognizes the need to flush existing tissue away, replacing it with new collagen.

In effect, IPL therapy creates controlled skin damage, just as aggressive chemical peels and dermabrasion do, but without disrupting the outer surface of your skin. You can have an IPL session and return to your regular day immediately. Over the next few weeks, the collagen transfer process continues. Dark spots fade and disappear, restoring a smoother complexion, and your face benefits from added moisture and flexibility thanks to the new tissue generated by your body’s healing response.

It’s no wonder so many people turn to photofacials to spruce up their appearance. Contact Dr. Angelina Devera and her team at Laser & Vitality Institute to learn more about how IPL therapy can help you. Call the office directly or book your appointment online. Start rolling back the clock today. 

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