Photofacials. Photo rejuvenation. Laser skin treatments. Laser skin resurfacing. Non-ablative skin resurfacing. IPL. There are so many terms to sift through as new, innovative skincare treatment options emerge on the market. It can be overwhelming and confusing! Here’s what you need to know about the most effective treatments for acne and other skin conditions.
IPL vs. Photofacial
Photofacial is a generic term for the process by which Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used to target various skin conditions using broad spectrum light. Think of it like this: a photofacial is the service, and IPL is the tool. Photofacials are also referred to as fotofacials, facial rejuvenation, or photo rejuvenation. Often, people will refer to a photofacial using IPL technology as an IPL Photofacial.
IPL Photofacial vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser treatments, also known as laser resurfacing or non-ablative skin resurfacing, are often confused with IPL. In reality, there are slight differences between the two. While both laser treatment and IPL utilize light and heat to target the skin deep under the epidermis, lasers use a single wavelength (color) of light to target one specific condition. IPL, on the other hand, use a broad spectrum of light and can treat multiple skin conditions simultaneously.
What is Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing?
Non-ablative skin resurfacing is a fractional laser treatment, which means that the laser is broken into thousands of tiny beams to only treat a fraction of the skin in the area. This reduces side effects and downtime.
Fractional lasers can be ablative or non-ablative. The advantage of non-ablative laser resurfacing is that it targets the underlying skin tissue (without harming the surface of the skin) so that your body will produce new collagen.
The Lumenis® Photofractional™ Solution
Our Lumenis® Photofractional™ treatment combines IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) with ResurFX™ non-ablative skin resurfacing. This is a complete skin rejuvenation system that doctors have been seeing remarkable results with. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions in addition to acne, including sun spots, uneven texture and skin tone, and a variety of other problems caused by aging and sunlight exposure.
Using Photofractional Technology to Treat Acne
Combining IPL with ResurFX™ non-ablative skin resurfacing is an ideal way to treat acne and the associated discoloration and scarring. IPL technology targets the sebaceous glands and kills acne-causing bacteria, while our ResurFX™ lasers penetrate the lower layers of skin to remove discoloration and scarring.
This treatments works with your skin to promote healing and stimulate deep collagen regeneration over your successive treatments. This is an ideal skincare solution – both skin tone and texture can be treated during the same session.
What Can I Expect?
During your session, the physician will apply a cold gel to your face, and you’ll feel a warm sensation as the light is applied to your skin. You may feel a slight prick as the laser is applied, but discomfort is minimal. Sessions typically last 15-30 minutes, and 3-5 sessions are recommended, with 2-4 week intervals.
After the treatment, some redness or swelling may occur, but the swelling will subside within a few hours and the redness will go down over the course of a few days. In most cases, daily activities can be resumed the same day as the treatment. Improvements can be seens up to six months following the treatment! To find out more about The Lumenis® Photofractional™ Solution, see before and after pictures of Photofractional treatments