Laser Skin Resurfacing vs. IPL Photofacials

Laser Skin Resurfacing Vs Ipl Photofacials

When looking for effective skincare treatments many people will come across IPL laser procedures. Despite being a common term, the name is somewhat inaccurate. We understand why IPL treatments and laser skin resurfacing get confused with each other since they are both cosmetic skin treatments. However, while both use light energy on the skin, they are actually vastly different from each other. Ava Laser Clinic has put together this guide so that you can understand the differences and choose the right treatment for your skin.

The Effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing & IPL Photofacials

Both treatments are non-invasive cosmetic procedures aimed at correcting the skin. Both options are an effective way to even skin tone and texture, reduce the signs of aging, reduce blemishes, and more. Aside from these effects, the treatments share less in common than you might think.

The Differences in These Treatments

Lasers are light amplification by the emission of radiation. When a laser is used, it directs a single wave of light into a focused beam towards the treatment area. Photo facial procedures depend on the light the same way laser skin resurfacing does, but they are not lasers. IPL Photo facials use a pulsed spectrum of lights as opposed to the concentrated light beam that is seen in laser skin resurfacing.

How Light-Based Treatments Work

Light-based treatments work based on the thermal energy that is transmitted by the light itself. The light targets the pigment in the blood vessels and melanin located under the surface of the skin. It then overwhelms and breaks down the cluster of melanin or the vessel with thermal energy. This reduces the appearance of redness, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other blemishes.

Both treatments are used to trigger collagen production and can reach the lower layer of the skin without harming the top layer.

What Does IPL Photo facials Treat?

IPL Photo facials are best for patients who have little time for recovery or want a less painful option. It is especially helpful in the treatment of pigmented and vascular lesions. This type of light treatment uses multiple waves, which means it may not be effective for all types of skin. IPL Photo facials are effective in treating:

  • Brown spots
  • Rejuvenating the skin
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Reducing redness
  • Minimizing pores

What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Laser Skin Resurfacing is much more precise than IPL. It is highly effective for conditions that need the deep dermis layer to be stimulated to produce collagen healing. This treatment does penetrate deeper and requires a longer time to heal than IPL. Laser Skin Resurfacing is effective in treating:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Tattoo removal
  • Vascular lesions
  • Fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Rosacea
  • Stretch marks

Treat Your Skin with Laser Therapy

Both treatments offer a wide range of benefits that will leave your skin looking healthy, youthful, and flawless. If you are interested in learning more about laser treatments or if you want to set up a consultation, give us a call at (905) 237-2360 today.