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Are Photofacials or Laser Skin Resurfacing The Best Choice For You?

Photofacial vs Laser skin resurfacing

Being comfortable in your own skin means being able to show the world the real you. But what happens when acne scars from your teenage years, too much time in the sun, or just routine signs of aging make you more self-conscious than you would like to be? There are many different treatments today that can deliver a boost to your ego and appearance. Never before have we had ways to perfect what nature or habit has delivered us. In fact, it’s difficult to know which ones are right for you. Today, we have broken down the most popular laser and photofacial treatments available in Boston, so you can be informed and get optimal results. The stars all do it—now it’s your turn!

What Is a Photofacial?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. In an IPL photofacial, a properly trained technician uses a powerful, bright light to treat redness, spider veins, and brown spots effectively. The device is applied directly to the troubled areas. Although there is a built-in cooling feature, it can still cause slight discomfort in some clients. The procedure is convenient because it typically only takes about 30 minutes to perform an IPL photofacial.

Photofacial before and after

What Are IPL Photofacial’s Benefits?

If your goal is to see improvements in broken capillaries and diminished brown spots, then a photofacial appointment on your lunch break is a great first step to getting there. However, you should bear in mind that depending on how extensive and deep the damage is, multiple treatments may be necessary. Plumper, more youthful skin will emerge, but it may take a few weeks to see the full results.

Can Anyone Get a Photofacial?

The ideal candidate for this treatment has untanned skin that is mildly to moderately damaged. People with tanned or naturally dark skin sometimes experience changes in skin pigmentation. You may wish to discuss possible side effects with a dermatologist before opting for this procedure. Additionally, people who are taking the medication Accutane® should not have a photofacial until at least six months after they stop using it. Pregnant women should also postpone treatment until after they give birth.

Very deep acne scars or wrinkles usually need a more aggressive treatment to see significant improvement, but those who have sun-damaged, blotchy, or discolored skin see beautiful results. Many individuals with freckles, large pores, or rosacea opt for this procedure with great results. It is important to discuss all your expectations so you can be prepared. Lay it all out with your technician at your initial consultation appointment. Talking it out is the only way to ensure your expectations are met.

What is the Recovery Time for a Photofacial?

For most, the redness that occurs from the intensity of the light diminishes within a few hours. However, some need a week to see the after effects completely gone. You may appear as though you have taken in a bit too much sun. There is no damage or scarring to the skin, so recovery time tends to be shorter than with other procedures. But how long the redness will last is mostly based on how sensitive your skin is.

Schedule this procedure appropriately, as you must remain out of the sun for several days afterwards. As part of your aftercare, you should also wear sunblock daily. Adequate sun protection will ensure that the results of the procedure last. Typically, the results of a photofacial treatment will last about one to two years, but the first couple of weeks following the procedure are crucial for optimal results. Though it may take a little patience and attention, that fresher face looking back at you from your mirror will surely thank you for all your efforts!

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Now, let’s talk a little about lasers. In recent years, laser technology has completely turned the beauty world upon its head. What used to take a skilled surgeon and a scalpel can now be accomplished with an experienced wave of the hand. It has the advantages of precision without the complications of surgery.

Laser Skin Resurfacing before and after

What are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Like a photofacial, laser skin resurfacing can significantly improve the appearance of your skin. This procedure can treat fine lines, deeper wrinkles, and acne scars. In addition, most liver spots, warts, and birthmarks will never see the light of day again. Most facial imperfections, including undertone issues, can be eliminated with laser treatments.

What Happens During a Resurfacing Appointment?

Just like its name, the outer layer of the skin rejuvenates for a smoother, more even texture. A controlled laser is directed at the targeted area, causing the dead layers of skin to shed. It is the recommended choice for those who have deeper acne scars and wrinkles, as the laser precision allows for improvement under the deepest surfaces of the skin. The laser removes the epidermis and then heats the next layer of the skin, initiating the growth of new collagen. When the skin heals, a more youthful, smooth complexion emerges. The downtime and redness take longer to heal from than a photofacial, but most people see improvements within a week. As the collagen rejuvenates, the results continue to show themselves. Friends will think you’re in love, and, you will be in love with yourself!

Photofacials vs. Laser Skin Treatments

While both of these procedures have their own unique benefits, choosing the right procedure is all about what you hope to accomplish. A photofacial is recommended for those who want to improve their skin with the goal of a fresher appearance. Deeper issues beneath the skin, though, will not benefit like they would from a laser treatment. There is no peeling of the skin with a photofacial, while laser treatments do cause a shedding of the epidermis.

In addition, the cost is significantly lower than laser skin resurfacing. Depending on how many treatments are necessary, photofacials cost 500–1,000 dollars. Laser skin resurfacing, on the other hand, can run about 2,000–4,000 dollars. Being aware of all the benefits and side effects of any procedure you may choose will greatly enhance the outcomes of your experience.

It is crucial that you ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. We are always available to address our clients’ needs. Contact us and let us know how we can help you display a more confident face to the world!

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