What Is A Photofacial And How Can It Benefit Your Skin?

Photofacial by IN•GLO™ Face and Body Sculpting Med Spa in New York NY

Photofacials use specific light wavelengths to penetrate the skin deeply. This technology is not just another fad; it’s a thoughtfully developed method to target and improve specific skin issues in a non-invasive way. Whether it’s reducing the visibility of sun damage, lessening the appearance of fine lines, or tackling uneven skin tone, photofacials offer a tailored approach to skin rejuvenation. 

But if you are curious about how it really works to improve your skin’s health, here’s what you should know.

What is Photofacial Technology?

So, what’s the deal with photofacials? Photofacial takes advantage of an intense light that is applied in a series of gentle pulses. Unlike lasers that stick to one wavelength, photofacial throws a whole spectrum at your skin. This means it can simultaneously tackle a bunch of skin issues. 

Here’s how it works: when light is applied to the skin, it’s absorbed by specific target cells with color, such as melanin in dark spots and hemoglobin in redness. This absorption converts light energy into heat. It’s this heat that is key to the treatment’s effectiveness. In the case of dark spots or age spots, the heat breaks down the melanin pigment into smaller particles, which the body then naturally eliminates. The heat causes blood vessels to collapse and fade away for vascular lesions like broken capillaries.

Besides these targeted treatments, the heat from the light also plays a crucial role in stimulating dermal fibroblasts, cells in the skin that prompt collagen. Collagen is the structure that allows skin elasticity and strength. Photofacial treatments promote skin healing and rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production, leading to firmer and smoother skin over time.

This process is carefully calibrated to ensure the photofacial treatment targets only the intended areas, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.

Photofacial Before and After Benefits

Photofacials bring a lot to the table regarding skin rejuvenation and addressing specific skin concerns, all with a relatively easy procedure to fit into a busy lifestyle.

  1. Sunspots and Age Spots: Photofacial targets melanin, the pigment causing these spots. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment, breaking it down and fading the spots.
  2. Dull Complexions: The light energy stimulates skin rejuvenation, promoting a brighter, more vibrant complexion.
  3. Uneven Pigmentation: Photofacial helps balance skin tone by reducing areas of excess pigmentation.
  4. Large Pores: The light stimulates collagen production, which can tighten skin and reduce pore size.
  5. Sun-Damaged Skin: Photofacial encourages skin repair mechanisms, improving the appearance of sun-damaged areas.
  6. Early Signs of Aging: Stimulating collagen also helps reduce fine lines and minor wrinkles, addressing early aging signs.
  7. Redness, Rosacea, and Dilated Capillaries: The light targets and reduces the visibility of blood vessels, causing redness and symptoms of rosacea.

Ideal Candidates for Photofacial

Ideal candidates are those looking to address specific skin concerns that this treatment is known to tackle effectively. It works best for individuals dealing with sun damage, age spots, freckles, rosacea, or broken capillaries. If you’re noticing your skin showing signs of aging, like fine lines or mild loss of firmness, Photofacial can help by boosting collagen production, which improves overall skin texture and tone.

However, candidates should have realistic expectations. Photofacial works wonders on certain skin issues, but there might be better choices for very deep wrinkles or severe sagging skin. In such cases, other treatments might be more effective.

Additionally, candidates should be in good health and have no serious skin conditions that could affect the treatment’s outcome. Things like active infections, severe acne, or certain medications that increase light sensitivity might rule out Photofacial as a safe option.

Procedure and Aftercare

Every individual’s skin responds differently to photofacial treatments, so follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by your skincare professional for the best outcome.


  1. Consultation: Before anything else, you’ll consult a skin care professional to discuss your skin concerns and assess if photofacial is right for you.
  2. Preparation: On the day of the treatment, your skin will be cleansed, and you might be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the bright light.
  3. Applying Cooling Gel: A cooling gel is often applied to the treatment area to help the light penetrate the skin and increase comfort.
  4. The Treatment: The device is then moved across the skin, emitting light pulses. You might feel a slight stinging sensation, like the snap of a rubber band.
  5. Duration: Depending on the treated area, each session usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.


  1. Skin Sensitivity: Immediately after the treatment, your skin may feel sunbuit’s. This usually lasts for a few hours to a day.
  2. Moisturizing and Soothing: Keep the skin hydrated and use soothing products as your specialist recommends.
  3. Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect theIt’sated area from the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight as much as possible to prevent damage and ensure the best results.
  4. No Hot Baths or Exercise: Avoid hot baths, saunas, and excessive exercise for the first few days, as your skin will be sensitive to heat.
  5. Peeling or Flaking: You might notice some peeling or flaking, which is part of the process as the skin rejuvenates. Avoid picking or scratching the treated area.
  6. Follow-Up Treatments: Multiple sessions are often necessary for the best results. Your skincare professional will advise you on the many treatments you need and the frequency.
  7. Observing Changes: Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to see improvements in your skin’s appearance as it heals and rejuvenates.


Are you prepared to reveal the glowing, refreshed skin of your dreams? We at IN•GLOTM Face and Body Sculpting Med Spa are committed to using the most recent developments in photofacial technology to assist you in reaching your skincare objectives. Our team can help you with a customized treatment plan while guaranteeing comfort, security, and excellent outcomes.

Start your road towards a more vibrant, young complexion right now; don’t put it off any longer. Contact us right now to find out how our photofacial treatments may improve the appearance of your skin. 


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