Aging and environmental factors can take their toll on the skin. Overtime, you may develop wrinkles, sun damage, acne, and other skin issues. There are a number of light therapy treatments that can help target common skin problems. In this blog, Charles S. Lee, MD, the founder of Enhance® Medical Center, explains the difference between IPL photofacials and LED light therapy.
What Are IPL Photofacials?
During an IPL photofacial, high-intensity light pulses are delivered deep into your skin to heat the subsurface layers. This treatment is targeted so only specific areas of the skin receive the light pulses. During the treatment, unwanted melanin is broken up and broken blood vessels are shrunk. The treatment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
IPL photofacials can target a number of issues on the hands, chest, and face. These issues include sun damage, fine lines, large pores, uneven skin texture, redness, broken blood vessels, skin discoloration, stretch marks, broken capillaries, rosacea, and even stretch marks.
What Is LED Light Therapy?
LED light therapy is an add-on service. This means that it is used in conjunction with other treatments. These treatments include Vivace microneedling, CoolSculpting, Thread Lift, and injectables. The therapy involves a light mask placed above the face for 20 minutes. The therapy is painless and can be used on all skin tones and types. Most patients find LED light therapy to be a soothing and relaxing skincare experience.
At Enhance® Medical Center, your LED light therapy options include our anti-acne light and our anti-aging light. As its name suggests, the anti-acne light is used to treat mild to moderate acne. With regular treatments, patients who are treated for acne will show improvement within just eight weeks. Similarly, patients treated for signs of aging usually show improvement within eight weeks. Improvements include a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Additional signs of aging that are treated include crow’s feet, sunken cheeks, lip wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and a sagging jawline.
As you can tell, the two treatments differ in a number of ways — both in treatment application and what can be treated. Only you and your doctor can decide which is right for you. This will most likely depend on your skin and the issues that you want to treat.
Schedule Your Light Therapy Consultation
The team at Enhance® Medical Center understands how light therapy can help improve the natural beauty of a person’s skin. For a consultation at our Beverly Hills office, please call (310) 271-5954.