Looking for a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment to smooth weathered skin and help erase sun damage along with the signs of aging? A photofacial may be the perfect answer. Using light to heal the skin and refresh its appearance can be a quick, safe and easy way to improve your complexion.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and BBL (Broadband Light) are both popular terms for lasers used in intense pulsed light treatments. These beams of light harmlessly pass through the surface of the skin and rejuvenate the epidermis from underneath. IPL/BBL may be used for a wide range of restorative effects including:
- Reduced sun damage
- Decreased redness or vein visibility
- Less prominent pigmented spots
- Smaller pore size
- Faded fine lines and smoother skin textures
- Reduction of hair in treated areas
While IPL/BBL photofacial treatments may be performed virtually anywhere, the most common treatment areas are those that receive the most sun, such as the face, neck, back, chest, shoulders and hands.
How IPL Can Heal Sun Damage
Intense pulsed light treatments are especially effective when it comes to healing sun damage with a photofacial. This is because the lasers involved in IPL/BBL can target hemoglobin, the red blood cells inside blood vessels that can be visible on the skin’s surface, as well as melanin, which is the brown pigment in freckles and sun spots. When the light emitted by the laser is absorbed by hemoglobin or melanin, the laser can effectively damage the components that cause these skin discolorations. Reducing sun damage can help men and women appear younger and healthier by minimizing hyperpigmentation and bringing out a radiant glow.