Skin Care

Ring in the New Year with a Photo Facial

Have you begun to notice the telltale signs of aging in your face caused by sun exposure? As we inch toward the New Year, why not consider treating yourself to a photo facial to begin improving the color and texture of your skin? If you’ve never heard of a photo facial, you are likely wondering what it is and how it works. This article will help you learn more about the process.

What Is a Photo Facial?

Photo facial is another name for intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. It’s a treatment used to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgical intervention. Photo facials can undo the visible damage caused by exposure to the sun and could help red or splotchy skin caused by a medical condition. Photoaging (damage from sun exposure) is most noticeable on the face, hands, neck, and chest.

How Do Photo Facials Work?

During a photo facial, the practitioner uses a light-emitting tool that has been precisely calibrated to target specific skin issues or to rejuvenate the full face. The pulses of light emitted by this tool are absorbed by the red blood cells and melanin in the skin, generating heat. The heat mimics a minor injury but won’t cause any lasting damage. This device is made to activate the natural healing process of the skin without causing harm to delicate dermal tissue.

Photo facials shouldn’t cause infection, scarring, or other complications. When the skin begins to repair itself, it sheds the dull, damaged outer layer of the skin and begins to form soft, new skin. As the process continues, skin-firming proteins are created in abundance, diminishing the effects of collagen loss associated with aging. The light from the photo facial breaks down the dark pigmentation of freckles and age spots which creates more even skin color.

Things to Remember About Photo Facials

The treatment isn’t cheap, and insurance typically doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures. While photo facials can make your skin look younger, they won’t stop the aging process entirely. It also won’t treat the condition that caused your skin issues.

Final Thoughts

You might consider a photo facial when you want to mitigate the damage caused to your skin by the sun or a health condition. If you want to learn more about photo facials and how they can help you, consider scheduling a consultation with Beauty &  Body by Mia. They can help you determine if the procedure is right for you.

Mia Valleskey

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