San Francisco Photofacial Laser. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to improve skin texture, tone and pigmentation. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of Photofacials. Find cost and IPL Photofacial near me.
Photofacial – also sometimes spelled Fotofacial – is essentially a fancy word for Broad Band Light (BBL), a type of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) energy that emits short, controlled bursts of broad spectrum light. Photofacials target dilated blood vessels, broken capillaries, brown pigment and even enlarged pores. Patients looking to improve any of these conditions would benefit from a series of 3-5 sessions with significant improvement in skin tone, texture, luminosity and smoothness.
Photofacial technology has been around since the mid 1990’s. The energy emitted by the device is both non-ablative and non-invasive, which means it doesn’t strip layers of skin and downtime is minimal. The skin can look a little flushed and feel hot immediately after the procedure but it usually clears up after a few hours. Patients can have a Photofacial done on their lunch break and return to the office right after.
Many people mistakenly believe that a Photofacial is the same thing as laser, but it’s actually a high intensity broad spectrum visible light emitted in wavelengths ranging between 500 and 1200 nm. The procedure targets superficial structures below the skin, such as hair roots, spider veins and age spots. Treatment involves having the light-emitting device guided along the skin’s surface delivering various wavelengths of light which react to specific skin pigments. Some wavelengths are absorbed by brown pigment (melanin) and some by the red (hemoglobin), while leaving the neighboring tissues unaffected.
Photofacials can sometimes produce satisfactory results; however, not all of them are created equal. There’s a great deal of variance in power output, customization and efficacy from one machine to the next. Unfortunately many outdated technologies are still being used in clinics across the country. It’s tempting to take advantage of attractive pricing or a special offer but it’s “buyer beware” as patients ultimately don’t know what they’re getting. The most common complications from low quality Photofacial devices include pigmentation issues and lack of clinical results.
Technically speaking BroadBand Light (BBL™) manufactured by Sciton is a type of Photofacial, only it’s much more sophisticated and advanced. In fact, it’s the most powerful device on the market and is considered the industry standard in quality and efficacy. What sets BBL apart from other Photofacial devices is the accuracy and precision of its treatment parameters. Clinicians are able target specific conditions such skin tone, texture, pigmentation, broken capillaries and acne scars while customizing treatments to fit each patient’s unique skin requirements. Dr. Mosser and his experienced team of clinicians have been using their BBL machine to successfully address their patients’ skin complexion concerns for many years.
The BBL is also capable of long-term anti-aging and preventative measures. Extensive studies have shown that regular BBL treatments, performed 2-3 times per year, not only slow down cellular aging but have the ability to reverse DNA expression at a cellular level to a more youthful state. The program to achieve this remarkable transformation is called Forever Young and it was developed in response to the aforementioned research as a way to delay the skin’s aging process and help patients look youthful well into their 40’s and 50’s.
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* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.