Why Winter Is The Perfect Time For A Photofacial

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Take advantage of the winter season (and diminished amounts of sun exposure) to experience the benefits of a photofacial.

Photorejuvenation (i.e. a photofacial) refers to the visible improvement of a wide array of skin conditions using a laser and/or light source. Skin Conditions commonly addressed with photofacials include:
• Sun damage, brown spots, discolorations or hyperpigmentation
• Rosacea
• Broken blood vessels (telangectasias)
• Dull skin color, tone or lack of vibrancy
• Acne breakouts
• Texture changes

A photofacial also enhances collagen production, and reverses the aging process of the skin cells, creating skin that is much more youthful. The procedure in non-invasive, and there is absolutely zero downtime. The minimal sun exposure in winter allows your doctor to work more extensively on your skin care treatments, achieving the best results towards healthier looking skin.

How does it work? BBL, or Broadband Light, delivers specific wavelengths of light energy into the skin, which creates a specific combination of light and heat, or photothermal energy, that targets specific elements throughout the layers of skin.

How does this treatment also turn back the aging clock?
The different wavelengths of light that are delivered into the skin over time not only address visible skin conditions, but create an environment for skin cells to remain healthy and youthful. The difference between aged skin cells and younger skin cells is gene expression and transcription activity.

One study compared skin biopsies of treated versus untreated areas on older and younger patients. The study looked at the actual DNA of the skin cells, which revealed a big difference. The skin in older patients treated with BBL began to take on the gene expression of skin in younger patients.

Another 2013 study demonstrated that patients who maintain a regular regimen of BBL treatments, both reduce and delay the long-term signs of aging skin such as photodamage, pore size, telangiectasias (broken blood vessels), fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity in a natural looking way.

The patients that were followed had aged almost 2 decades during the course of the study, and they appeared younger than their actual age due to the long-term treatment and routine maintenance with BBL.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Alberts, ND about how you can benefit from a photofacial, please call our office at 916.351.WELL(9355).