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Photofacial: An Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatment

Photofacial skin care treatments are also called IPL, short for Intense Pulsed Light. Pigments or brown spots on the face can be removed safely with IPL and it can also remove excess of broken blood vessels from the facing; these treatments are very effective and safe. When you have brown spots or broken blood vessels around your nose, chin, and cheeks, this is a sign of sun damage and aging of the facial skin. What causes these brown spots are the pigments produced by the skin when it tries to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. With the help of blood vessels damaged skin caused by injury can bring healing factors aside from washing out damaged skin debris.

Even after the injury or inflammation has passed the brown spots and broken blood vessels are left behind on the skin as our skin ages. These pigmented and red spots create an appearance which is aged and variegated facial skin, and this condition is called dyschromia, and is a sign of facial aging. The way to treat these conditions like benign facial skin pigmentation, age spots, brown spots and broken blood vessels and small red spots on the face is by photofacial treatments. Photofacial treatments are preferred by patients instead of laser treatments when it comes to facial pigmentation and vascular lesions.

The non-surgical manner by which photofacial anti-aging skin treatments is by use of a bright flash of visible light, something like the flash of a camera, and this bright light will help remove the pigments and blood vessels. Photofacial light is very much different from the one used in laser treatment because it is less powerful and less dangerous also.
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In a photofacial treatment for skin rejuvenation, a bright light is passed through a filter from which only a specific color is allowed to pass through the filter and hit the skin. A green photofacial will only allow a green light wavelength to pass through the filter and hit the skin.
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This green light is selectively absorbed and taken up by the brown pigment in an age spot or the dark reddish brown color of blood in a blood vessel. The light energy from the photofacial light heats the pigment and blood vessel and they absorb this heat, they are destroyed.

This process is called photothermolysis, where a specific target, that is a color, is heated with a light beam and dissolved or destroyed.

The different colors that can be filtered with the IPL beam also helps treat other skin problems including unwanted hair removal, acne, and other skin conditions.

IPL treatment are very gentle to the skin and it is not like laser treatment which can result in skin peeling or leave scars on it. Even though you will notice a slight darkening of the brown spots and blood vessels, you skin will remain intact. The treated areas may be slightly pink but only for a few hours. Your skin will be normal the next day.