Thursday, May 09, 2013

Maintain a Younger Look With Photofacials

By Stina Delance

Photofacial is an advanced skin rejuvenation technique that uses pulse light technology to reduce redness, and uneven skin tone. Using this method to correct aging skin issues and other blemishes and spots, this fast acting process is noninvasive and is increasing in popularity quickly.

Browns spots and broken blood vessels around the nose, chin, cheeks, neck, hands are classic signs of sun damage and aging of the skin. Age spots are brown areas on the skin that appear after much exposure to the sun, and they are caused by pigment forming that protects from UV rays. The injuries caused by the sun exposure stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in those areas. This process of new blood vessel growth is called inflammation.

These are formed in order to carry blood to the area and take away damaged skin cells and to bring healing nutrients to the area. Blood vessels that are damaged stay after the inflammation heals stay in place and leave unsightly marks and spots. Dyschromia is the name given to the dark brown pigment areas and red broken vessels that happen as the age of the skin is increased.

What does the process do?

A filter is used to separate the bright intense pulsed light from the intended color of flash light that is directed toward the skin. The pigmented areas of the skin that form age spots along with the burst blood vessels absorb the photofacial light selectively once it gets to the skin. The damaged blood vessels and pigment are destroyed by the heat of the IPL light delivered by the machine.

Photofacial treatment is noninvasive and requires little to no recovery time. Treatment can be performed in as little as 15 to 30 minutes and you can return to your regular daily activities. Redness and capillary exposure are sometimes visible for a short time as soon as the treatment is completed. These minor side effects are quick to dissipate and the patient can immediately see the results of the treatment. While lasers lead to peeling of skin and possible scars, photofacial skin rejuvenation is gentle on the skin. While the treated blood vessel and skin may darken a bit, the skin remains intact. Several hours is about the longest that any pinkness will normally remain. When a patient needs to go to work and there is still some redness, some makeup does a good job of making this unnoticeable.

To produce the desired results, three to seven treatments are usually recommended and are spaced two to three weeks apart. Redness on the face caused by a condition called Rosacea will be reduced noticeably, making the face appear clearer and brighter.

The treatment provider will provide you with a list of instructions afterwards, follow these to the letter. For those who have had photofacial procedures, the sun should be avoided after, and before the process. Exposure and tanning before treatment may occasionally lead to adverse effects such as blistering and dyspigmentation of the skin. When a patient gets too much sun too close to a treatment, discoloration of the skin may also happen. To make the benefits of the procedure longer lasting and more prominent, ensure that you always have sunscreen on hand, and use it frequently.

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