Photofacials Charleston SC

Blemishes and skin pigmentation issues can affect your self-confidence. Many facial treatments have been developed all over the world to treat these issues. They range from topical to surgical methods, all with varying results. Switching between different topical solutions can be time-consuming, while surgical treatments are costly. Modern technology, however, has made it possible to treat skin issues without having to go under the knife or purchase numerous products. When you have problems with freckles, rosacea, or sun damage, it’s best to opt for a procedure called photofacial. Learn about photofacials here.

What Is a Photofacial?

A photofacial is a modern cosmetic procedure that uses light to treat various skin conditions. It is also called as facial rejuvenation or photo rejuvenation. This procedure is most commonly done on the face, but it can also be used on other parts, such as the hands. Two kinds of light can be used for this procedure: LED or IPL. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL is the most common kind used for facial rejuvenation rather than LED as it can be absorbed more deeply in the skin. Photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment. It targets skin related problems and enhances collagen production in the skin. This treatment results in a firmer and healthier look.

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The IPL light emitted by the facial rejuvenation device is absorbed into the skin and is soaked up by the hemoglobin (red blood cells) and melanin in your skin. Because of its higher intensity, IPL is absorbed deeper in the skin than LED, making it more efficient in triggering the process. The light intentionally damages the areas of concern, breaking up the melanin and decreasing its appearance on the skin’s surface. The damaged hemoglobin improves blood flow and stimulates efficient absorption of the melanin. LED photo rejuvenation work differently depending on which light color is used during the session. Green, red, and blue lights have different ways on how they act on the skin, though are not absorbed as deeply as IPL light is.


Photo rejuvenation treatments are used to treat skin problems, including blemishes and skin pigmentation issues. IPL photo rejuvenation can specifically treat the following conditions:

IPL photo rejuvenation can also help combat redness and inflammation caused by acne. It can help eliminate large pores, reducing the appearance of acne on your skin. This saves you the hassle of using topical products that might be drying out or damaging your skin.


Apart from the eyelids and the area just above it, photo rejuvenation can be done to any part of your body. This can help you maintain a consistent appearance throughout, not just in areas exposed to the sun. Most patients only treat the face, neck, shoulders, back, and hands, but you can always ask to target other areas of concern. 

Some patients have reported that the pulsating IPL light feels like a rubber band flicking them on their skin. Others have reported a mild feeling of sunburn some days after the treatment. These are perfectly normal and can be combated with a topical numbing ointment during the procedure or over-the-counter pain medication.

Even with IPL photo rejuvenation sessions, there is no real downtime to deal with. Mild side effects you may feel after the treatment fade away after a few days or be easily addressed with pain medication. You can immediately return to your daily activities after the procedure. Even using normal skincare products and makeup immediately after the treatment is entirely possible.

IPL photo rejuvenation results typically last between six months to a year, and can even last longer with maintenance treatments around the same time. Taking care of your skin, being careful with topical products, avoiding direct sunlight, and leading a healthy lifestyle can also contribute to the overall results.


Entrust your aesthetic treatments with the experts at Totality Medispa. We train our medical professionals and aestheticians to perform cosmetic procedures effectively to help you achieve your desired looks. This includes IPL photo rejuvenation to help treat issues with your skin pigmentation and blemishes. At Totality Medispa, we aim to provide you with the most effective and safe procedures in the industry. We use only the safest and proven tools to ensure that you get the best results and can come out looking and feeling more confident than before. Contact us today to learn more! Click here to view our portfolio.