The Facial Chronicles: Photofacials
Advanced Florescent Technology (AFT), Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Photofacial, Fotofacial…all names for the same procedure that utilizes ultraviolet light for better skin. This technology targets brown spots, fine lines, sun spots and more by pulsing this specialized UV light into the skin and breaking up pigment for a clearer more even toned face. Great for former sun worshippers, those with melasma or for those battling their first signs of aging; this facial is not for the faint of heart. While some areas of the face are more uncomfortable than others (i.e. the forehead, nose and upper lip) it is similar to laser hair removal with its hot, rubber band snapping across your face sensation.
Initially, I didn’t think I had much sun damage because I have very little (if any) discoloration on my face. However, after my first session, my immediate reaction was “omg, what did I do?” It literally brings damage up to the surface so that is eventually sloughs off; but when the treatment is over you SEE all the underlying damage not visible to the naked eye. Sensitivity following the procedure is tolerable and eventually those new spots come off to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. Worth it? Probably, but it depends on your skin goals and your future commitment to sunscreen. I love me a good tan and nothing beats the look of a real hint of color in the summertime; but be aware that while this technology can undo some of your sun damage it does not give your free reign to bask in the sun 1970’s style. Not only will you undo most if not all of the progress you’ve made with your treatments but with increased skin sensitivity you may even be more susceptible to sun damage. Just FYI.