Photofacials

After enjoying your summer, it’s always a shock to see how your skin has reacted once you’ve had some time away from the sun. Fortunately we can help rectify this with the use of Medical Esthetic equipment; with an “Intense Pulsed Light Treatment”/“Advanced Fluorescent Technology” to be exact.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL) or Advanced Fluorescent Technology Treatments (AFT) are interchangeable treatments that are used by cosmetic and medical technicians to perform various services within the industry. They are considered to be one of the most versatile skin treatments available as it can target a number of conditions. The FDA first gave approval for photofacials in 1995 for the removal of broken capillaries, and since then the industry as grown tremendously in terms of what it can and cannot treat. The target clientele are those suffering from rosacea, hyperpigmentation, liver spots, sun damage and broken blood vessels.  This treatment can be performed on the face, neck, hands and arms. AFT machines use broad spectrum light to target these specific conditions, allowing you to say goodbye to your problem areas!

Broad spectrum light is considered on the market to be more efficient than lasers given the fact that lasers operate within a very specific wavelength, whereas AFT converts unused short-wavelength light into the usable spectrum, which increases emission and penetration. The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either the hemoglobin or melanin (depending on the client’s issue), and the vessels and pigment are then absorbed by the body, which decreases the visibility of the problem area.  This process is considered to be a non-ablative resurfacing technique which means that it targets the lower layers of the skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of the skin (epidermis). Having the treatment conducted in this way allows for little to no downtime and wonderful results!

AFT procedures work best when done in a series of at least four; this is because there is no way to tell just how deep the damage to your skin goes. Doing multiple treatments ensures that the light is penetrating as deeply as it can to allow for your damage to be removed. Your laser technician will not only take before and after pictures to allow you to see the difference in your skin, but will also monitor your skin after each treatment to ensure you are getting the best treatment possible. As your number of sessions increases the settings on the machine will also increase, however the energy level is kept uniform which allows the client to have an extra level of safety and less discomfort over all, even as the course of treatment is getting more intense.

After an AFT treatment you can expect to have a more youthful appearance, less sun noticeable sun damage, rejuvenated skin, less noticeable broken capillaries, and less redness if you suffer from rosacea. Photofacials help to stimulate collagen growth and no skin is removed during the process; your skin will benefit from natural proteins that will help to fill in your wrinkles and aid in making the skin smooth and supple.
During the treatment the technician will use a cool gel to not only protect your skin from the laser being emitted, but will also help to keep the epidermis cool during the treatment. This is beneficial for you because it ensures that you will not have any permanent burn damage to your skin and it will also help to improve any discomfort you may feel during the treatment. In conjunction with this gel, the client is given a tool called a “zimmer”. When activated, this tube consistently blows cool air which the client moves around following the placement of the laser. This once again helps to keep your discomfort level to a minimum.

Sun spots! Liver spots! Age spots!

You may call them what you wish but they are those bothersome flattened dark spots on your skin.

Melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin (colour), get damaged over time and produce dark and uneven pigment. Most often the damage is caused by ultraviolet rays. How many times have we heard, “Oh, I have always had freckles?” “Really?”  How many babies were born with freckles…none!

We have solutions for you, but if you continue to expose your unprotected skin to sun, the solutions won’t work and you may as well stop reading right here. You need to commit to taking care of your skin or you will be wasting your time and money. Even though makeup sometimes contains small amounts of sunscreen it is not enough to protect your skin.

A gold standard product to use as a base is Elta MD. If you will be outside, reapply quickly and without mess with our Colorscience mineral powder.  You must protect your skin every single day, even in the winter. Even though you may not see the sun shining you will still be exposed to ultraviolet rays. Some people notice that the left side of their face is worse than the right side. This is caused by more sun exposure while driving.

So, if you are willing to protect your skin with a good sunscreen, let’s talk about solutions!

Exfoliate your skin to increase cellular turnover. Preparing the skin with a chemical peel will be a good start in fading the brown spots.
Silk Peel therapy refreshes, exfoliates and renews your skin by reducing your stratum corneum. The results you will see with your smoother skin are a brighter, more luminous and more vibrant complexion. Silk Peel treatments also infuse the skin with customized serums to target your condition.
Several treatments with Intense Pulse Light or AFT will finish off your treatment program. Not only with IPL reduce or fade your brown spots but you will also enjoy reduced pore size, evening out of any redness or skin discoloration and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Using homecare is also crucial to encourage exfoliation and fading as well as for maintenance in order to achieve great results.

Treatments should be customized to every individual and their needs. The above recommendation is a general guideline to show multiple approaches to achieve optimal results. The laser technicians at Pino’s are trained and continually educated with the latest techniques and products to customize your very own treatment plan- one that is affordable and results oriented!

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Winter is the time to have your Photofacials!

Winter is the absolute best time of year to target brown spots, rosacea and rejuvenate dull gray looking skin. Even if you’re just looking for an overall improvement in skin tone, texture and reduction in pore size, NOW is the time to start treatments. So how can you use the winter months to improve your skin? With Pino’s medispa AFT photofacial treatments!

Our photofacial technology treatment uses high intensity pulses of light to
treat a variety of skin conditions including brown spots, skin redness,
rosacea, broken capillaries and uneven skin tone.  The light targets the surface of your skin to effectively eliminate the unwanted discolorations.

The treatments are quick and require little or no down time.
It’s normal for your skin to feel tight or like a sun burn for a few
hours after treatment.  It is particularly important to stay out of the sun between treatments in order to prevent further brown spots from appearing.
Wearing a sun block of at least 25 or higher will further protect your
skin during treatment.  Winter months are ideal for photofacial therapy because there is less sun exposure to the skin.  Usually, within a few hours after treatment
your brown spots will darken but over the next 1-2 weeks the dark spots
gradually fade or flake off.

Tips:

  • Avoid tweezing, waxing or bleaching
    during the course of treatment
  • Avoid any products that contain Retin-A,
    Benzoyl Peroxide or astringents
  • Protect your rejuvenated skin all year round with a broad spectrum sun block. (Colorescience sunscreen is a powdered mineral that is safe and paraben free, available at Pino’s salon & medispa)