There are two main types of light-based technology used for photofacials: LED (light-emitting diode) and IPL or intense-pulsed light. As these two technologies are not alike, it is important that you understand which technology to use when you opt for a foto facial. This way you are sure of getting the results you want to achieve.
The LED photofacial is a gentle one that uses narrow spectrum light for boosting collagen. This way it helps create plumper and younger looking skin and also helps kill acne-causing bacteria. This type of foto facial is usually available at day spas that concentrate more on esthetics as unlike IPL or laser treatments, these facials are painless, cool and relaxing.
There is no risk of any burning with LED photo facials and the best results are seen after a series of treatments. To start with, you need to undergo a series of six LED photofacial treatments with a gap of a week or two in between. Then you need to have a maintenance treatment every month or two as part of a facial or a stand-alone treatment.
Medical spas generally call IPL photofacials a type of laser treatment that can be used to treat various skin conditions like broken capillaries, brown spots, facial redness and spider veins. During an IPL photofacial, a bright blast of light is delivered at a high energy level using a hand-held device. Though most IPLs have cooling devices, it is rather uncomfortable and painful.
This photofacial is a better choice if you have brown spots, overall redness or diffused facial redness and broken capillaries. The number of treatments you need to undergo is based on the condition it has to treat, how your skin responds and the results you are looking for.
On the contrary, LED photofacials are the better option if you just need to treat acne or boost your collagen levels. Though the collagen boosting and facial rejuvenation properties are famous in LED photofacials, its results are not as dramatic as plastic surgery but instead is a more natural, cheaper and gentler option.
Whichever photofacial you undergo, they work best if used in conjunction with a regular skin care routine.