What you need to know about photofacial treatments

What you need to know about photofacial treatments

Photofacial, also known as photorejuvenation, is a skin treatment that uses light-based technology to boost collagen, improve tone and texture, and lighten the appearance of blemishes. Photofacials can be performed on any part of the body.

For blepharitis and other eye inflammations, a proper diagnosis from an ophthalmologist is recommended first and then monthly sessions can help the glands rejuvenate and produce better quality oils for the surface of the eye.

Photofacial treatment

Some conditions that a photofacial treatment can treat are:

  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Freckles
  • Spider veins


The two most popular photofacial treatments in Calgary are IPL (intense pulsed light) and LED (light-emitting diode).

How do IPL photofacials work?

IPL treatments are typically used to erase wrinkles, although it can treat a range of other skin conditions such as spider veins, broken blood vessels, and brown spots. IPL treatments are more intense and absorbed more deeply than LED therapy. A handheld device that emits pulses of broad-spectrum light is directly applied onto the skin and absorbed into the skin’s deeper layers.

How do LED photofacials work?

LED treatments are significantly milder than IPL, using narrow-spectrum light conducted by a handheld device or lamp. LED works best for treating minor blemishes, wrinkles, or marks or for sensitive skin. LED photofacial treatments gently boost collagen to create younger-looking skin. It’s also known to kill bacteria that causes acne and is commonly added to a regular facial.

What can I expect with photofacial treatments?

Depending on the type of treatment you undergo, expect treatments to last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour and several sessions to see results. Before treatment, avoid exposure to the sun and anything that thins the blood, including alcohol, aspirin, and ibuprofen.

While LED treatments are mild and relaxing, IPL treatments can come with some discomfort and pain. Some of the side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Brown spots
  • Flaking

After treatment, your skin may feel smoother and appear more vibrant. Several sessions are required to see more dramatic results. There is no recovery time needed, and clients can resume their normal activities and skincare routine immediately after.

Photofacial treatments should always be performed by a trained and certified professional to minimize risks and get the best results.

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