LED vs. IPL Photofacials

I am looking for a non-invasive procedure to rejuvenate my look and bring back my glow I had as little as 5 years back.  What are the difference between these two types of photofacials? What do they stand for?


F, New York

Hi There,

Light emitting diode (LED) and intense pulsed light (IPL) are two of the more common photofacial procedures.

Both IPL and LED photofacials involve light being absorbed into the skin. The more intense nature of the IPL photofacial light pulses allows this light to be absorbed more deeply.

IPL photofacial light is soaked up by the hemoglobin (red blood cells) and melanin (pigmentation) in the skin, intentionally damaging these areas. The damaged melanin breaks up and is absorbed by the skin, decreasing its appearance on the skin’s surface, while the damaged hemoglobin stimulates blood flow, causing the melanin to be absorbed more efficiently.

LED photofacials work a little differently, depending on the light color in question. Green light works similarly to IPL photofacials, breaking up melanin for easier absorption. Other colors, like the aforementioned blue and red light, act on different aspects of the skin.

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