Do you suffer from sun damaged skin? Are you starting to notice age spots sneakily appearing on your face? Is your skin discolored or splotchy? Then you may be interested in a Photofacial.
How Do Photofacials Work?
Believe it or not, one solution to treating sun damaged skin is exposing it to more light. Photofacial treatments use pulses of light to treat a variety of skin issues including sun damage, hyperpigmentation, skin discolorations and fine lines. A photofacial is performed with a handheld device that emits pulses of broad-spectrum light. This light penetrates to the deep layers of the skin, where the wavelengths are absorbed by melanin, the source of irregular pigmentation. The melanin breaks down, and uneven pigmentation is significantly decreased on the surface of the skin. The light also stimulates the production of collagen, your body’s natural wrinkle remedy.
Are There Side Effects?
Common side effects include swelling, redness, and bruising. Also common are brown spots and flaky skin where a dark spot once existed. These usually fade within a few days. It may take several weeks and multiple treatments to begin seeing significant results. Abnormal complications include changes in pigmentation, burns, or bruising. Speak to your doctor for more information about possible risks.
Is a Photofacial Right For Me?
Photofacials are not recommended for individuals with darker skin tones, as this may result in hypopigmentation. It is encouraged that you first consult with a doctor before deciding to have this procedure.