A photofacial (foto facial) is a skin treatment that uses a light-based technology to boost collagen, lighten brown spots, and diminish broken capillaries. Since this high-tech treatment requires specific equipment to perform, you’re more likely to find it offered at medical spas, specialized resorts, and skin care centers than at a holistic spa or general massage therapist.
While photofacials are great for a quick (yet moderately expensive) way to clear up acne or diminish certain blemishes, freckles, or wrinkles at your spa, you might want to avoid this treatment if you’re traveling to a sunny destination. Although there is relatively little recovery time associated with getting this type of treatment, exposure to UV rays can agitate your sensitive skin.
The two types of photofacials available are the Intense-Pulsed Light (IPL) and the Light-Emitting Diode (LED) treatments; however, in order to get the results you hope to achieve, it’s important to understand the difference between these facial rejuvenation technologies before you book an appointment. Your best bet for minor skin problems is to book an LED (often referred to as a Non-IPL) treatment, and for more serious conditions, you’ll want to speak with an esthetician about developing a skin care routine and reserving an appointment with a licensed IPL technician.
LED photofacials are a good choice for people who want to boost collagen or treat acne, and medical research in the field has proven that this type of treatment can restore facial tissue. While the results won’t be as dramatic as plastic surgery, it’s a gentler, more natural, and less expensive way to rejuvenate and tighten aging skin.