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Ask OVME: What Are the Top 5 Benefits of a Photofacial?

Have you heard about the benefits of a photofacial IPL but aren’t sure what it is or what it’s for? Let’s dive into the details of how you can erase sun damage, freckles, and brown spots with a cosmetic laser photo facial. 

The IPL (or intense pulsed light) photofacial is a popular way to target pigmentation concerns in several areas of the skin, so bothersome imperfections become a thing of the past. If you’re looking to even out your skin’s texture or pigmentation, reduce redness, and improve tone, the IPL photofacial benefits are endless.

It’s a quick and simple procedure done with a handheld device that emits highly targeted pulses of light, so our technicians can work directly on each individual spot you’d like to address. The laser targets the lower layers of the skin and immediately begins to break down and dissolve unwanted pigmentation while stimulating collagen production. Skin becomes firmer, more even, and healthier looking after just one visit.

If you’re considering a brighter complexion, we’re here to prep you with all the IPL photofacial benefits you should know about (plus what to expect from your treatment). 

1. It treats a wide range of pigmentation concerns.

The IPL photofacial really does it all. This treatment can target almost any pigmentation concern you have, from acne scarring to sun and age spots and even the redness that comes with rosacea. Hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and uneven texture can be greatly diminished or eliminated entirely. 

According to a 10-year study by Stanford University, IPL photofacials not only repair signs of aging but help prevent future aging concerns as well. Even having just 2-3 treatments a year can restore the gene expression of your skin to look much younger than it actually is. At the end of the ten years, many participants had younger-looking, smoother, and more even skin than they did when they began IPL treatments.

IPL also targets multiple areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.

The IPL photofacial can treat the following skin concerns:

  • Acne and acne scars
  • Redness
  • Broken capillaries
  • Rosacea
  • Dyschromia
  • Melasma
  • Brown spots
  • Freckles
  • Sunspots
  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Vascular and pigmented lesions
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

2. The procedure is non-invasive with minimal risk.

Compared to some other treatments that achieve younger-looking skin, the IPL photofacial is considerably less invasive and comes with very minimal risks. There’s no poking, no cutting, no injections — just a super targeted beam of light. 

There is a slight risk of pigmentation abnormalities, but our technicians are highly trained and able to give you a realistic expectation of results based on your unique skin concerns. 

3. It’s quick and (relatively) painless.

Your IPL photofacial should take less than an hour to complete, with many patients in and out within 45 minutes — making this procedure very easy to fit in during a workday, between errands or after dropping the kids at school. 

The treatment itself is so mild that it doesn’t require any numbing cream or anesthetic. The laser itself can feel like a small rubber band snap against your skin, but the sensation is eased by cool air on the face and fades quickly, making it very tolerable for all patients. 

4. Requires minimal downtime

Another great benefit of IPL photofacials is the limited downtime needed after the procedure. Patients are generally able to go about their daily activities immediately following their treatment (including reapplying makeup if you prefer), and full recovery is typically achieved within two weeks.

Immediately following the photofacial, you may experience some redness and/or mild swelling that’ll typically go away in 2–3 days. Pigmented areas will gradually turn darker and begin to flake off your skin, and vessels may initially appear greyish before fading over the next several days. 

5. Long-lasting results

Depending on the severity of your concerns, you may need to come in for a few initial treatments to achieve your desired results. After your initial treatment with an IPL photofacial, your results are long-lasting and even permanent in many cases. Plan to come back once or twice a year for maintenance treatments to keep your skin looking fresh and toned all year long.

Most patients are incredibly happy with their IPL photofacial results and enjoy the benefits of a more even skin tone and texture, fewer areas of discoloration, and brighter skin. 

Take a look at the photofacial services we offer and book your appointment today for a healthier, more youthful glow.

Your Guide to Botox vs. Dysport with S. Mark McKenna, MD

Ringing in 2020 with a serious need to refocus on self care? If wrinkles are on the top of that to-do list, you might be considering going the filler route. But do you know the difference between the options out there? Making the right choice can be the difference in loving your results and really hating them, especially when it comes to making a decision about the Botox vs. Dysport conversation. 

S. Mark McKenna, MD, has seen the popularity of injectables growing and has been on the forefront of anticipating the need for customized experiences based on each person’s goals and features, especially when it comes to Botox vs. Dysport. 

Curating medical experiences in Atlanta since 2007, McKenna has seen how important it is to be informed before heading in for a procedure. It not only ensures you understand what goals you’re working toward, but it also helps you pick a medical aesthetic experience that fits perfectly. While everyone gets injectables these days, he says, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here’s what you need to know before you book.  

Q&A on Botox vs. Dysport with S. Mark McKenna, MD 

Q: What do I need to know about Botox vs. Dysport?

A: While Botox and Dysport are both injectables (specifically, botulinum toxin injections) used to treat and prevent wrinkles, they aren’t comprised of the same potency of trace proteins, which can make one more effective than the other at specific injection sites. 

What does that mean? Depending on what you want, you should use a different injectable. Botox is better if you want to tackle fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. If you want to soften your expression lines on your forehead and the area between your eyes because you have moderate to severe lines, Dysport is the way to go. 

Q: Are there any safety concerns I should be worried about? 

A: Not at all, both are considered safe. There are some side effects associated with both, including slight pain, headaches, and numbness, but those are common. Ask your aesthetician if you’re concerned about your reaction. At OVME, my medical aesthetic treatment centers in Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and East Cobb, we begin any consideration for Botox or Dysport with a customized appointment between you and one of our OVME certified providers. Each session is complimentary and customized to ensure you receive a treatment that’s the right fit for you.   

Q: How long will the procedure take? 

A: Both Botox and Dysport are very convenient procedures. All work can be done in a doctor’s office, and no hospitalization is required. If you have a specific event coming up that you want to look best for, you can even schedule both procedures up until the day before. Typically there is no downtime and only a few small marks at the injection site (which resolve within hours). 

Q: What results should I expect? 

A: Smoother skin! Both Botox and Dysport relax and still the muscles so you can see a reduced appearance of wrinkles for three to four months. One thing to note: Neither treatment is a permanent solution against wrinkles and fine lines, and regular updates may be needed to continue results. At OVME, we’re focused on making sure you love your results, so if you ever need an adjustment, we’re available.   

Q: Who is a good candidate?

A: Anyone — we offer treatments to both men and women, and we ensure you’re a good fit before we ever administer either treatment. If you’re interested in Botox or Dysport, we will set you up with an OVME certified provider to ensure you have no allergies or any other reactions to note.  

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