What is a Photofacial Treatment?


Don’t settle for the loose, wrinkled skin that comes with aging. Instead, build up your skin’s collagen with a photofacial treatment.

You’ll be able to turn back the hands of time and pull the aging process to a halt. Far more advanced than any creams or facials on the market, a photofacial can completely transform your face and complexion. Learn what a photofacial treatment is and how you can benefit from it.

As one of the most superior beauty practices available, photofacial treatments use light-based technology to target imperfections. They can be used to reduce the signs of aging, eliminating everything from age spots to wrinkles. Most people choose to have treatments performed on their face, neck, or chest but they can be done pretty much anywhere. The two most common forms of photofacial treatments are done using intense-pulsed light (IPL) technology or a light-emitting diode (LED) device. Even though the two offer similar services, the results are often quite different.

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Devices

Considered an older technology, light-emitting diode or LED devices use 590nm wavelengths to target imperfections. They’re often used to treat discoloration in the skin, such as acne or rosacea, and can even help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. As an older option for photofacial treatments, LED devices tend to be less effective than those that use IPL technology.

Intense-Pulsed Light (IPL) Devices

Intense-pulsed light or IPL devices use lasers to perform photofacials, a procedure that is also known as laser skin resurfacing. Since lasers are able to use higher wavelengths, they can target imperfections in the deepest layers of the skin. It’s for this reason that IPL photofacials are far more effective than other options.

How Photofacials Using Lasers Eliminate Imperfections

Photofacials are performed by licensed medical laser technicians using IPL devices at your local laser clinic. Fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections are eliminated by creating microscopic wounds deep within the layers of the skin. This encourages the body to go through the healing process, where new skin cells and collagen are produced in the targeted area. These new skin cells come without the wrinkles or age spots that you’re trying to get rid of, reducing the sight of imperfections. Results typically show after your first treatment.

Laser photofacial treatments can help to eliminate the signs of:

  • Age Spots
  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin Elasticity
  • Collagen Loss
  • Sun Spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Rosacea
  • Large Pores
  • Birthmarks
  • Freckles
  • Moles
  • Scars
  • Acne Marks

By using a fractional laser, your licensed medical laser technician can target your imperfections without damaging the skin’s surface. Most people don’t experience any side effects and require little or no downtime after each laser session. Others might notice slight swelling and redness around the treated area, or slight burning similar to a mild sunburn. Since treatments can be done in an average of twenty minutes and people rarely show signs of the procedure having been performed, many choose to schedule their appointments before or after work. Your photofacial laser sessions can even be done on your lunch break. You’ll be able to head back to work without an issue.

Are You a Candidate?

If you suffer from even mild signs of aging, then you are likely a candidate for photofacial treatments. Typically, the best candidates are those who have made other attempts to get rid of their fine lines and wrinkles. Whether you’ve tried retinol creams or chemical peels in the past, if you haven’t been able to make any progress with other treatment options then it might be time for a photofacial.

If you’re looking to have other skin conditions treated, such as acne marks or rosacea, your licensed medical laser technician might ask you to wait until your skin has cleared up before scheduling your appointment. This is due to the fact that lasers might cause you irritation if any skin conditions are active at the time of your treatment.

What to Expect

After you’ve scheduled your consultation appointment at the nearest reputable laser clinic, a licensed medical laser technician will be able to look over your skin and talk to you about the results you’re looking for. The laser technician will then be able to let you know if you’re a candidate and how many laser sessions you will likely need. While several laser treatments are usually necessary for the results you’re looking for, you will be able to see a difference in your skin after just one. Collagen production will continue to occur after your laser treatments, continuing to improve your skin long after you’ve completed your sessions.

To get a visual of what to expect, watch this video of this first-timer turning back the hands of time with a laser skin rejuvenation treatment: