IPL vs LED: Which Photofacial is for You?

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IPL / LED Photofacial NYC

IPL vs LED Light Therapy? Both Photofacials take advantage of the skin-restoring power of light to boost collagen and brighten the skin. So how do you know which one will help you achieve your skincare goals? Our guide to Photofacials will light the way to a radiant, fresh you. Here’s more:

IPL vs LED: How are Photofacials Similar

Both IPL and LED Photofacials use light as their energy source. Of course, light is commonly associated with damaging the skin (think sunburn). In fact, certain wavelengths of lights are known for their therapeutic benefits. Photofacials, such as IPL and LED, work on these wavelengths. They’ve have been scientifically proven to repair the skin at a cellular level. Because they use light, they are noninvasive and are highly effective alternatives to cosmetic surgery However, photofacials aren’t for everyone. People who are taking photosensitive medications should avoid IPL or LED Light Therapy, until they have completed their course of medication. Further, people with seizure disorders should consider an alternative treatment, such as a chemical peel.

IPL vs LED: What is IPL Photofacial Treatment?

IPL stands for “intense-pulsed light”. Specifically, a Photofacial IPL uses this intense, broad-spectrum light to penetrate deep within the skin and cause blood vessels and collagen fibers to constrict. As a result, it’s commonly indicated to remove damaged and photoaged skin.

IPL vs LED: Benefits of IPL Photofacial / Treatment Results

  • Reverses photodamage
  • Evens out skin tone and reduces overall redness
  • Eliminates hyperpigmentation
  • Targets red or brown marks on the face
  • Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles

IPL vs LED: What is LED Light Therapy?

LED stands for “light emitting diodes”. Originally designed by NASA to heal wounds, LED was later discovered to be highly effective at skin rejuvenation. During therapy, an array of these light-emitting diodes work to send deeply penetrating, low-level light energy to the epidermis and the deeper layers of the skin. Specifically, this process stimulates the production of something called Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP (what is ATP? It’s, basically, the fuel that runs the cells). In turn, increased ATP rejuvenates compromised cells, boosts collagen production and promotes blood circulation for a more youthful appearance.

IPL vs LED: Benefits of LED Facial Therapy / Treatment Results

  • Different modalities target specific skin concerns
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Reduces acne
  • Reverses photodamage
  • Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and plumps the skin
  • Heals chronic pain

IPL vs LED: How are Photofacials Different?

  1. IPL is a broad-spectrum light. On the other hand, LED uses different specific wavelengths, depending on your skincare concern.
  2. As the names imply, IPL Photofacial delivers a very high energy to the skin, whereas LED Light Therapy uses a lower level of energy.
  3. Light is absorbed more deeply during an IPL treatment. On the other hand, LED is considered a gentler therapy. As a result, IPL treatments tend to be more broadly effective.
  4. Because it is gentle, LED Light Therapy is better suited for treating superficial skincare concerns, such as acne.
  5. Photofacial IPL uses a broad-spectrum of light, so it can treat a larger area of skin than LED Light Therapy.
  6. IPL can target stubborn skincare concerns, such as port wine stains and vascular lesions, more effectively than LED.
  7. Because it is a stronger therapy, IPL can cause more discomfort and redness than LED. In fact, LED treatments are considered as soothing as a massage.
  8. Results are typically achieved with IPL therapy in a shorter period of time and with fewer treatments than LED Light Therapy.
  9. Unlike an IPL Photofacial, LED Therapy carries no risk of burning the skin. As a result, LED Therapy is best for compromised or delicate skin.

IPL vs LED: Skin Restoring Treatments at Smooth Synergy NYC

Photofacials, like IPL and LED are part of a comprehensive menu of skincare treatments offered by Smooth Synergy. Call us at 212-397-0111. An expert in beauty would love to speak with you about your specific skincare concerns and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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