Benefits of Photofacials

What is a photofacial?

A photofacial uses IPL (intense pulse light) or BBL™ (BroadBand Light), which are a very powerful and precise light-based device that addresses many common skin concerns associated with aging and sun damage such as pigmentation and vascular problems (visible vessels, rosacea, brown spots) and also aids in collagen production.

What is a photofacial good for?

Photofacials can:


  • Treat broken blood vessels (capillaries) beneath the skin and Rosacea
  • Correct color irregularities caused by hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Heal sun damage
  • Aids in improving acne and reducing the appearance of blemishes
  • Aids in smoothing out fine links 

How many photofacial treatments are needed?

The number of treatment sessions for a photofacial vary for a number of reasons. Age, sun exposure, genetics, what was treated, the type of photofacial used, and more, can all play a role in how many treatment sessions you’ll need.


You will likely notice improvement following a photofacial session, such as smoother skin. Keep in mind that these results are gradual; for a dramatic change, you will need to undergo multiple treatment sessions.


How long do photofacial results last?

There is not a single answer due to the factors involved, such as age, genetics, sun exposure, and even which photofacial type you decided to use depending on what you were being treated for.


You can, however, prolong the results in most cases by taking good care of your skin by maintaining a daily skincare regimen at home. Overall the most important thing you can do for your skin is protect it from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays with broad spectrum protection sunscreen. We recommend using a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more. If you like to wear makeup, we have many SPF options that blend well with makeup. — but don’t forget to use a gentle cleanser to remove your makeup before bed.


Do photofacials really work?

Yes, photofacials really work. A 2013 Stanford University study found that photofacials make skin cells behave as though they were younger cells, which resulted in study participants having healthier, younger-looking skin. Not only did participants have more youthful appearances, but the chance of them damaging their skin cells again was greatly decreased.


The study found this to especially be true of people who undergo 2 to 3 IPL photofacials a year.


Are there any side effects of photofacials?

Photofacial side effects include:


  • redness
  • brown spots (if the photofacial was used to treat sun spots)
  • Mild to moderate swelling
  • flaking skin
  • small blisters
  • bruising (an uncommon side effect of photofacials, though it is very mild in the rare instances when it occurs)


One of the perks of photofacials is that they are very safe procedures that do not require any recovery time. This means you can resume your typical activities right after you finish treatment. You can even get back to applying makeup and any moisturizers or creams you use right after the treatment! Not all skin treatments give you this option; for example, following a chemical peel facial, you should not wear makeup right away.


Experience the benefits of photofacials at Nashville Skin Company

If you want healthier, younger-looking skin, look no further than the photofacials at Nashville Skin Company. We offer IPL/BBL photofacials that can remove unwanted discoloration, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and treat acne.


For more information or to book a consultation, contact us today!