Environmental factors, age-related skin thinning, and a loss of collagen all contribute to brittle, hyperpigmented, and otherwise poorly-textured facial skin. The visual signs include marionette lines, crow’s feet, and more prominent freckles and age spots. Light therapy has been shown to effectively improve the skin tone and texture, and the means by which it does so may surprise you. Without the need for invasive treatments, you can achieve the desired result of smoother, more evenly-toned skin. The secret weapon is IPL Photofacial treatments. Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a rather newly-developed technique for kickstarting a skin rejuvenation process that continues long after the treatments are performed.
How Light Affects the Skin
Everyone knows that too much sunlight can be damaging to the skin. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays can damage cells, and longwave infrared can burn the skin. As amazing as it sounds, light can also positively affect skin growth.
When certain wavelengths of light are absorbed by the skin layers, darker cells heat up and are partially damaged. The rest of the skin remains unaffected. The body responds by sending nutrients to start the process of replacing the damaged cells. Age spots and freckles can be made less prominent via IPL Photofacial treatments.
The skin itself also reacts positively to the absorption of certain light frequencies. Collagen shrinks as a result, and this actually stimulates the production of more collagen. This helps improve the appearance of smile lines and other small wrinkles.
How It’s Performed
After consulting with the client, we will design a customized treatment schedule. We use a handheld instrument that sends short pulses of light energy through the skin layers. The epidermis isn’t affected because it is lighter in tone and doesn’t absorb the photons of light. The denser material that lies beneath absorbs the energy instead.
We usually schedule a series of treatment sessions. Each of the subsequent treatments is more effective than the last. Visual improvement isn’t immediate. However, over the course months, the skin becomes collagen-rich, and the wrinkles begin to disappear. Freckles, age spots, and injury scars also become less visible because these darkened tissues are slowly being replaced by healthier replacement tissue.
The increase in collagen in the skin means better overall skin tone. Some of our clients remark that their friends have noticed this improvement and commented that the facial skin now looks more like it did when the client was a teenager.
Advantages of IPL Photofacials
During the IPL Photofacial treatment, the skin isn’t subjected to potentially damaging procedures. Because the newer IPL devices can be calibrated more accurately than ever before, this type of treatment is now available even to those who have a significant amount of melanin in their skin.
An overall better skin tone may be just a few IPL treatments away. Get more information by scheduling a consultation at Vimi Medi Spa, with offices in Scarborough and Markham. Contact us today to book your appointment!