Laser Facial
What is laser facial?

Laser photo facial is done by using a machine called Intense pulse light (IPL). It emits broad spectrum visible light (400-1200 nm). Some specific filters are used to give more specific wavelength of light for specific indications. This treatment is a very important tool for skin rejuvenation.

Why do we need this treatment?

In today’s fast paced life style, we hardly get time to take care of ourselves and especially our skin. There is pollution, sun exposure, food adulteration and last but not the least, stress. All this takes a toll on our skin and can initiate premature raging. One may start getting signs of ageing like fine lines, open pores, uneven skin tone and pigmentation at a very young age & obviously nobody likes to look older. Laser photo facial is one of the safest and effective treatments to combat this, which helps us to maintain a youthful and radiant skin.

How frequently should it be done?

Initially, laser photo facial is recommended every 3 weeks. This is to give an initial push to hasten the recovery of the damaged skin. Later on, it can be done every 6-8 weeks to maintain the results.

Things to Know

Laser photo facial is a wonderful treatment which addresses a lot of skin issues:

  • Open pores
  • Dull skin
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Pigmentation
  • Redness or increased sensitivity
  • Fine lines
  • Acne
  • Freckles
  • Broken capillaries

Laser photo facial can be done in any gender and no age group is fixed. It can be done in people older than 18 years of age. This treatment has multiple indications, for eg.- in young patients ,it is done to control acne and for glow whereas in middle age group, it is done to combat the signs of ageing.

It is a broad spectrum of high intensity light, that penetrates the deeper layers of the skin. It causes a controlled thermal injury to the skin and helps in the following ways:

  • It induces new collagen and elastin fibre synthesis in the skin, thus making the skin soft and supple.
  • It improves blood circulation in the skin, thus making the skin glow.
  • The melanin component acts as a chromophore which is destroyed by heat generated by the treatment, thus it helps in reducing the pigment.
  • It reduces acne by acting on the bacteria called P.acnes.
Laser photo facial is a very safe treatment. There is hardly any risk involved in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. However, a lot of parlours have started offering this service these days. We would recommend you to get this treatment done under the supervision of a dermatologist only.
This is a very safe treatment with practically no side effects. However, in rare cases a temporary hyperpigmentation, hypo pigmentation, folliculitis, skin irritation may be seen, which is reversible.
A lot of people have this question in their mind and probably this is the commonest reason why people don’t start the treatment at all. This treatment doesn’t make you dependent on it. Therefore, even if you leave the treatment, the positive effects which the treatment brought to your skin stay for some time. The condition of your skin doesn’t worsen if you stop the treatment. However, ageing is an ongoing phenomenon, so we recommend you to continue the treatment at a reduced frequency later on.

Though laser photo facial is a very safe treatment, but still there are some important precautions:

  • One should regularly use the sunscreen while going out in sun.
  • One should not use very heavy make up on the same day.

Dr. Ruchi Agarwal, MD is a renowned dermatologist with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology. Laser photo facial has multiple indications, that is one of the reasons why Dr. Agarwal keeps this treatment in the list of one of her most favored treatments for rejuvenation of the skin. She says that this treatment is a very reliable tool in facial rejuvenation and suits almost any kind of skin. This is especially useful when a patient doesn’t want any kind of downtime after the treatment.

Yes. Laser photo facial can be combined with other non-invasive as well as invasive treatments very effectively, which makes this treatment very handy and it easily fits into any facial rejuvenation plan.
Yes, one can use mild make up after getting a session of laser photo facial. However, heavy make up should be avoided on the same day. One should remove the make up as soon as possible and a coating of protective moisturiser should be applied before the make up.
This is one of the very common myths about laser photo facial. Laser photo facial treatment should be done only on the recommendation of your dermatologist. This treatment does not make your skin sensitive, in fact when done carefully and under guidance of a dermatologist, this treatment can reduce the sensitivity of skin. If the skin is extremely sensitive and irritable, laser photo facial should be avoided.
Laser photo facial has practically no downtime. It’s a lunch time procedure and there is no redness or swelling on the face. One can easily get back to work after getting the session done. Nobody will notice anything except glow.
Laser photo facial treatment is painless. So it doesn’t require use of any topical anesthesia.
Laser photo facial is a very good treatment for rejuvenation of facial skin. It can also be used to rejuvenate skin of forearms, arms, neck, chest and back.
Laser photo facial is a very scientific treatment which utilises the power of light to rejuvenate the skin from deep within. Parlour treatments are generally very superficial and whatever benefits you see because of parlour facials is because of usage of bleach, which is a very harmful chemical.
Laser photo facial is a very quick procedure which takes around 15 minutes.

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