Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Skip The Plastic Surgery And Get Photofacials To Look Younger

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.

Aging has many signs and mixed with sun damage, some of these signs include broken blood vessels in the area of the chin, nose, cheeks, hands, and neck, along with unsightly brown spots. 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 skin produces new blood vessels in spots where harm from the sun has accumulated. Inflammation is another term for these new blood vessels that form.

The new blood vessels bring blood into the facial skin first to wash out damaged skin cell debris and later to bring in skin healing factors. After the injury or inflammation goes away, these ruptured blood vessels remain along with brown spots, causing skin to appear further aged. These pigmented and red vascular spots create an aged appearance to the facial skin which is called dyschromia, which is a sign of facial aging.

How does it work?

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 damaged areas of pigments in age spots and blood vessels selectively absorb the light energy that makes contact with the skin in these places using the photofacial process. The action of the high heat from IPL light works to destroy damaged blood vessels and areas of concentrated pigment.

Noninvasive processes such as these do not need much, if any, time to heal afterwards since they are not very intensive. Treatment can be performed in as little as 15 to 30 minutes and you can return to your regular daily activities. There are some signs of redness and capillary exposure right after the treatment at times. It won't last long, and benefits from the initial procedure are noticeable almost right away. When comparing lasers to photofacials, the latter seems very mild by contrast, as lasers could leave some scarring or peeling, this won't result from photofacial treatments. While the treated blood vessel and skin may darken a bit, the skin remains intact. At the most, the region may remain pink for a few hours. Makeup can be utilized in order to cover up any redness that may still be lingering, and the patient needs to go out somewhere, or be at work.

A patient will normally have a session every two or three weeks, with as few as three treatments needed, up to about a maximum of seven. Patients with Rosacea should slowly begin to notice the evening out of the red tones for a more natural complexion.

The treatment provider will provide you with a list of instructions afterwards, follow these to the letter. Avoid sun exposure before and after photofacial treatments. The skin can develop blisters or dyspigmentation if these recommendations are ignored and the patient lingers in the sun, or decides to tan. 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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