Every adult over the age of 30 with moderately pigmented skin (Fitzpatrick type I-III) can benefit from having Photo Facials/IPL treatments to help correct years of photo damage to the skin. At Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, we use the Harmony XL for our Photo Facial, which takes the standard IPL treatment to the next level! This “gold standard” procedure combines two trusted technologies – Pulsed Dye Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to provide safe, effective, consistent results. This advanced treatment addresses a wide range of conditions including age spots, redness, spider veins, and wrinkles by making several “passes” over the skin using the different filters required. It’s a little more time-intensive and thorough than a conventional IPL treatment.
How Does Dye VL Photo Facial Work?
The Dye VL Photo Facial uses a selective pulsed light energy that is precisely absorbed by the targeted area, without damaging any healthy skin. During treatment, smooth, consistent light pulses ensure that the energy delivered is gentle and effective. Patients may feel the sensation of a thin rubber band “snapping” the skin, but most people feel next to nothing.
The Photo Facial will improve the appearance of red vascular lesions with the pulsed light selectively heating and closing off the abnormally clustered blood vessels in the lesion to improve their appearance while sparing nearby tissue from injury. In the case of pigmented lesions, which are clusters of melanin that often appear brown, the treatment’s light energy targets the melanin, causing it to fragment. The fragments are then absorbed by the body and naturally eliminated.
Additionally, the Dye VL treatment uses IN-Motion technology to enhance your comfort throughout the treatment, as the heat from the “laser” is applied more gradually compared to other treatments, resulting in a more noticeably comfortable procedure.