13 Sep Benefits of Light and Laser Treatments
There are three primary types of light and laser treatments, but how do you know which is right for you? Refined MD works closely with each client to understand their needs and goals before customizing a unique treatment plan. Halo, IPL (intense pulsed light) and BBL (broadband light) are all fantastic choices, but each is suited for a specific type of patient and end result.
What Is IPL
IPL uses light, not a laser, to achieve results. It can be used to address sun damage, freckles, age spots, varicose veins, birthmarks, rosacea, and is even an effective way to remove unwanted body hair. Unlike a laser (which uses a single wavelength of light), IPL releases a number of wavelengths. It’s kind of like a photo flash, and that’s exactly why IPL is also called a “photo facial.” When light is more scattered, it can penetrate to the deeper, second layer of the skin without damaging the top layer. When your cell’s pigments absorb the light, it’s converted into heat that tackles the damaged areas of the skin (or hair follicles).
What Is BBL
BBL has been considered the next generation of IPL. It also utilizes short blasts of light and can be used to treat age spots, vascular lesions, and freckles while also increasing skin firmness and evening out the texture. BBL can be more effective in patients with more melanin, and you may require fewer treatments with BBL. However, ultimately, it’s the skill of the esthetician that really makes a difference. The variances between IPL and BBL are often subtle, and the only way to determine which is best for you is with a consultation.
What Is HALO
Halo doesn’t use light but instead is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser. Using both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths, Halo is revolutionary because it requires minimal downtime compared to lasers of the past. The technology can treat a wide range of skin conditions, similar to IPL and BBL, and is especially helpful for addressing discoloration, scars, pigmentation, and skin laxity. It’s a lot more comfortable than other fractional laser resurfacing, with faster healing and no post-operative care.
Get The Answers You’re Looking For, Contact Refined MD Today
Can’t decide between these three treatments? Call Refined MD at (408) 688-2082 to schedule a consultation and discover the unique benefits for you and your skin.