Everybody wants to have younger, smoother skin, but not everyone is prepared to deal with the risks or recovery time associated with some of the more intense cosmetic procedures.

Photofacials offer a safer alternative, with the added bonus of little to no downtime. Photofacials,  employ light to influence the skin on a molecular level so there is no need for any incisions or injections. That’s why we carefully researched the procedure to provide some definitive answers as to how photofacials are alleged to improve the texture and pigmentation of skin.



IPL photofacials are performed in a series, with each treatment lasting from approximately 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the amount of skin being treated. Typically, patients receive between 3 and 6 treatments spaced roughly one month apart.

LED photofacials are also performed in a series, albeit a longer series than with IPL treatments. Typically, individuals undergo as few as 5 treatments or as many as a dozen for optimal results. The length of each treatment varies widely depending on the tool being used and the volume of skin being treated.

LED (Light-emitting diode) – This is the type of photo facial that is offered by most spas and salons. A narrow spectrum light is used with the aim to boost the collagen, which in turn will allow the skin to look younger and plumper. The same process can also be used to kill the bacteria that give birth to acne. The process is painless and carries no risk of causing burns. Within six treatments, the effects should be visible, and the skin should look healthier and younger.

IPL (Intense-pulsed light) – This treatment is meant to handle broken capillaries, brown spots, spider veins as well as facial redness. A very bright light with high levels of energy will be directed to the face, using a handheld device. The treatment is known to be uncomfortable and at times, even painful. Some devices might have a cooling device, but this will only reduce the discomfort a little.

Both IPL and certain LED photofacial treatments can be used to treat the following:

  • Broken capillaries (blood vessels)
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage (or sun spots)
  • Liver spots (or age spots)
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Spider veins
  • Freckles
  • Fine lines
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