One of the recent advancements in medical cosmetic procedures is the use of light energy to perform non-invasive skin treatments to correct many skin flaws. Lasers and IPL systems deliver light energy in such a way that surface skin remains unaffected, but flaws and pigment issues below the surface are broken up and removed from the body.
At the same time, treatments generate new tissue, creating a more youthful base for your skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by flaws in these deeper skin layers. The photofacial is a 30-minute treatment that usually requires little or no recovery time, a true “lunch time” facial treatment, from which you can return immediately to your regular activities.
Both laser and IPL treatments work in the same way, and in fact, the Cutera xeo system can deliver both single-wavelength laser and broadband IPL depending on the attachments used. Different wavelengths permit the xeo system to treat a wider range of skin types and colors. Otherwise, laser and IPL work similarly.
The treatment light of a photofacial penetrates your surface skin to be absorbed by the deeper layers, where pigmentation issues are most frequently found. These can be clumps of melanin, the typical components of brown sun spots, or the redness that often follows acne or rosacea. Even the tiny blood vessels of rosacea reside here, adding to the discoloration and uneven appearance of your skin.
As the light energy absorbs into this layer, it converts to heat, and it’s this heat that creates the changes of a photofacial. The heated tissue starts to break down, and your body identifies it as damaged. The lymphatic system then takes the waste tissue and disposes of it, while new collagen, elastin, and other dermis layer components are manufactured to replace the lost tissue.
The length of your treatment depends mostly on the size of the treatment area. Single spots may take only a few minutes, while larger areas could take 30 minutes or longer. Individual results may vary, depending on the density and depth of the skin issues being treated.
Most photofacials have little to no recovery time. Cooling gels minimize any effects on your skin’s outer surface so that you can return to regular activities immediately.
Elizabeth - Laser Tech
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