Lights, lasers, peels, and dermabrasion are popular procedures used to improve skin irregularities, smooth out wrinkles, erase sun damage, and refresh the face. Two popular resurfacing procedures are IPL Photo Facial and Sublative Skin Resurfacing. They each approach skin resurfacing a bit differently and there are pros and cons to both.

Sublative Skin Resurfacing

Instead of using light or lasers, sublative rejuvenation uses radio frequency technology in an effort to tighten skin, erase fine lines, shrink large pores and heal acne scarring. During a Sublative Skin Resurfacing procedure, laser energy is applied to the skin, accelerating the healing process, collagen production, and growth of new skin cells.

Sublative Skin Resurfacing, also known as Matrix Skin Resurfacing, allows for customization of the depth and intensity of the heat used – allowing for less irritation after treatment and a safe and effective procedure. This treatment is safe for all skin types. At Belle Vie we recommend to do 3 or more sessions spaced 1 month apart.

Benefits include:

  • Improve tone, texture.
  • Refresh the appearance of areas around your cheeks and eyes.
  • Smooth lines around your nose and mouth.
  • Safe and effective.
  • Longer lasting results.

IPL PhotoFacial

A PhotoFacial uses intense pulses of light (IPL) to penetrate the skin and damages blood vessels or melanin (brown pigment of age spots), which reduces discoloration, redness, and age lines. Typically, a series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart is recommended. Patients will see improvement with each treatment.

IPL Photofacial is nonablative, meaning no skin is removed during the procedure. In laser skin resurfacing, extremely fine layers of skin are removed with a laser. Because laser skin resurfacing is more invasive, it involves a longer recovery period than the IPL Photofacial (which has no downtime) as well as a greater risk of complications.

Benefits include:

  • Repair small blood vessels that have become visible, or remove sun spots or other pigmentation irregularities.
  • Combat acne problems and eliminate large pores.
  • Treating rosacea and other types of redness in the skin.
  • Stimulate collagen growth and helping to improve skin texture.

If you’d like to learn more about IPL Photofacial Therapy or Sublative Skin Resurfacing or to schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call us directly at 562.865.0802.