Let There Be (Skin Rejuvenating) Light
At Mara’s Med Spa in Dallas, there are few things as gratifying to us as the delighted reaction of our clients to the results of photofacial treatments. We are happy because a photofacial is a powerfully effective and non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that produces visible and impressive improvement in skin tone, texture, and appearance, all with minimal discomfort or downtime. In hot, humid, and windy Dallas, photofacials can be your skin’s savior.
What Is A Photofacial?
A photofacial uses intense (yet completely safe) pulsed light lasers to penetrate deep into the skin to treat the effects of aging, stimulate the natural growth of new skin, eliminate wrinkles, visible veins, brown spots, acne, and fine lines.
The two most common photofacial treatments we offer at our two Dallas medical spa locations are intense pulsed light (IPL) and light-emitting diode (LED). These names refer to the type of light we use in the procedure.
Our highly-trained and licensed estheticians are experts in both photofacial procedures to treat skin blemishes and pigmentation issues such as:
- Sun damage (sun spots)
- Age Spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Broken capillaries (blood vessels)
- Spider veins
Also known as Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, IPL photofacials utilize a handheld device that emits pulses of broad-spectrum laser light applied directly to the skin. This light acts on the deeper layers of skin, making it ideal for treating broken capillaries, sun damage, and other imperfections.
The melanin, or natural pigment, in the skin soaks up the IPL photofacial light, which purposefully damages the melanin. This damaged melanin breaks up and is ultimately absorbed by the skin, decreasing its appearance on the skin’s surface. The light also damages hemoglobin, stimulating blood flow and causing the melanin to be absorbed more efficiently.
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What Is The IPL Photofacial Experience Like At Mara’s Med Spa?
As with all our Dallas skincare treatments, Mara’s IPL photofacial begins with your professional consultation. Our expert estheticians will get to know you and your skin rejuvenation goals, explain the procedure and answer all of your burning questions. Your IPL photofacial then proceeds with the application of a cooling gel to the skin in the treatment area and we will outfit you with special glasses to protect your eyes from the light. Once you’re ready, we take a handheld device with a cold, smooth surface and run it along the previously designated areas of your skin as it pulses light.
Mara recommends that her northern Texas patients have IPL photofacials in multiple sessions (typically between three and six treatments spaced roughly one month apart), with each treatment lasting between 20 minutes to one hour, depending on the amount of skin being treated.
IPL photofacials can be mildly painful depending on the patient. Some clients have likened the brief stinging pain of the pulsating light to a rubber band lightly flicking them in the face. Patients have also reported redness, crusting, or a feeling like a mild sunburn in the treatment area for several days, while others do not feel anything at all. These mild side effects typically disappear within a week, though you can expect to return to normal activities immediately after a treatment session.
However, discussing your current and past health concerns with the experienced estheticians at Mara’s Med Spa during your professional consultation should reduce the risk of these side effects.
After your initial IPL photofacial, your skin should feel smoother and appear to have a more evenly distributed tone. However, full results appear gradually, and multiple treatments are recommended for maximum improvement.
While LED photofacials operate on the same general principles as IPL photofacials, there are important differences between the two therapies.
Perhaps the biggest distinctions are the intensity of the light used in each therapy, the kinds of skin imperfections they are suited for, and the level of discomfort involved.
LED photofacials use less intense energy than IPL treatments. Less intensity means that LED photofacials are not as effective as IPL for deeper or more stubborn skin imperfections such as vascular lesions. LED tends to be better suited to minor or superficial skin care issues like acne.
The less intense light used in Mara’s LED photofacials also means less discomfort or redness than our IPL photofacial. However, the lower level of energy in an LED photofacial may require more treatments and more time to see results than an IPL treatment.
Learn More About Mara’s Photofacial Treatments in Dallas
If you are interested in IPL or LED photofacials in Dallas, book your professional consultation with one of the experienced, knowledgeable, highly trained estheticians at Mara’s Med Spa. We can help you determine which type of photofacial is right for you and explain what takes Mara’s Photofacial to a level other med spas cannot touch.
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