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Photofacial M22

Photofacial M22 is an IPL (light) treatment machine that can be expected to improve various skin problems. It is said to improve skin blemishes and dullness caused by melanin, redness of the skin caused by hemoglobin in blood vessels, and lack of firmness of the skin caused by a decrease in collagen and elastin .

Photofacial M22 has more types of filters than conventional photofacials, which increases the number of wavelengths of light that can be irradiated. In addition, it is possible to irradiate IPL energy with an appropriate output according to each person's different skin problems and skin conditions.

Photofacial M22 can enhance the treatment effect by knowing the difference from the conventional photofacial machine and the treatment that can be expected to have a synergistic effect when receiving the treatment together. Also, let's eliminate worries and anxieties by knowing the progress after receiving the treatment, the symptoms of downtime, and the points to check when choosing a reliable medical institution .

Effect and mechanism of action of Photofacial M22

Image of IPL of Photofacial M22

Photofacial M22 is, light therapy has been developed by Israel of Luminous company is said to be the pioneer IPL (light) is the treatment machine. Unlike lasers with one wavelength, IPL treatment irradiates light called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which contains multiple wavelengths .

IPL is absorbed by specific substances such as melanin and hemoglobin and converted into heat energy .
Melanin is damaged by heat energy and excreted from the body, leading to improvement of dark spots and dullness. In addition, the heat energy generated by absorption by hemoglobin in the blood can be expected to have the effect of improving contraction and redness by coagulating capillaries.

In addition to its action on melanin and hemoglobin, it intentionally slightly damages the fibroblasts in the skin to promote the activation of collagen and elastin production in the process of healing the damage, resulting in fine wrinkles, pore opening, lack of elasticity, and elasticity. It also leads to improvement of skin problems such as deterioration.

Photofacial M22 (including filters 560,590,615,640,695) has undergone safety testing and has been approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Approval in Japan 22500BZX00469000

Skin problems that can be expected to improve with Photo Facial M22

  • Spots, freckles and chloasma caused by melanin
  • Red face and acne caused by hemoglobin
  • Acne and pimples due to the growth of acne bacteria
  • Hair growth around the forehead and mouth

Photofacial M22 can perform optimal IPL irradiation according to symptoms and skin type

With Photofacial M22, you can finely set the "wavelength", "pulse width (irradiation time)", "output", and "irradiation size", so you can irradiate the optimal IPL according to each person's different skin problems, such as skin tone and acne. You can receive treatments that lead to improvement.

Wavelength of IPL to irradiate with Photofacial M22

The IPL wavelength used in the Photofacial M22 is 515nm to 1200nm .

IPL wavelength

In the photofacial M22 treatment, wavelengths unnecessary for the treatment are cut by a filter and irradiated from the wavelength band of 515nm to 1200nm.

IPL wavelength

IPL is one of the electromagnetic waves, and energy such as electromagnetic waves has the property of waveform. The length from peak to peak (or valley to valley) of a waveform that repeats peaks and valleys is called the wavelength, and the unit of wavelength is expressed as nanometer (nm), which is one billionth of a meter.

Photofacial M22 has 9 types of filters to adjust the wavelength

The types of filters that medical institutions have differ, but there are nine types of filters that have the role of adjusting the wavelength in Photofacial M22.

Dedicated filter Corresponding symptom
515nm Spots near the surface of the skin
560nm Spots, pores, wrinkles, acne, etc. near the surface of the skin
590nm Red face (telangiectasia), acne scars, etc.
615nm Stain that could not be removed at 515 nm or 560 nm
640nm Stain that could not be removed at 515 nm or 560 nm
695nm Blemishes and hair loss in deep skin
755nm Blemishes and hair loss in deep skin
Vascular (filter for blood vessels): 530-650nm, 900-1200nm Specializing in vascular lesions such as red face, telangiectasia, and internal bleeding
Acne (acne filter): 400-600nm, 800-1200nm Specializing in acne treatment that suppresses inflammation and kills acne bacteria

The role of the filter

When using a 755 nm filter, wavelengths shorter than the numerical value of each filter are cut, and wavelengths of 754 nm or less are cut to irradiate wavelengths from 755 nm to 1200 nm. At this time, the wavelength of 755 nm is irradiated with the strongest energy, and the wavelength of 756 nm to 1200 nm is irradiated with weaker energy as the wavelength is longer (closer to 1200 nm).

Adjust pulse width (irradiation time) and output in addition to wavelength

Pulse width and energy

The length per shot of irradiating IPL is called the pulse width, and the shorter the pulse width , the higher the heat energy (peak power) that is generated instantaneously, which strongly affects the skin problems to be treated .

Also, the higher the IPL output, the stronger the force that acts on melanin and hemoglobin .

For IPL machines other than Photofacial M22, when the output is increased, the pulse width becomes entangled and becomes longer, so the peak power becomes lower and the effect of improving symptoms such as spots and reddish face may be weakened.

On the other hand, the photofacial M22 can maintain a high peak power because the pulse width can be fixed even if the output is increased, so the force acting on skin problems is not weakened.

Photofacial M22 that can fix the pulse width even if the output is increased

IPL output

The output of an IPL is expressed in units of J (joules) / ㎠, which means the density of the energy of the IPL emitted per square centimeter. The higher the output, the higher the density of energy emitted per unit area and the stronger the action.

Photofacial M22 can change the irradiation size with 3 types of light guides

There are three types of light guides for Photofacial M22: 15 mm x 35 mm, 8 mm x 15 mm square type, and 6 mm diameter round type.

Since the size of IPL irradiation can be switched by changing the light guide , first irradiate the entire face with a 15 mm x 35 mm square type, and then spot irradiate the area where stains are anxious with a 6 mm diameter light guide. You can perform such treatments.

Light guide Corresponding part / symptom
Square type: 15 mm x 35 mm Whole face
Square type: 8 mm x 15 mm Small parts such as eyes and mouth
Round (spot): 6 mm in diameter Spots and dullness in narrow areas, etc.

Low risk of burns and less pain during treatment

"OPT" that can evenly divide the IPL energy into 3 parts and irradiate

The Photofacial M22 is equipped with OPT (Optimal Pulse Technology), which has the function of evenly dividing the energy of the irradiated IPL into three. Since the energy of the IPL divided into 3 parts can be evenly delivered to the skin, the risk of burns is low when performing the procedure.

Photofacial M22 OPT mechanism

Other IPL treatment machines also irradiate the IPL energy in three parts, but the energy is not even. The energy of the IPL irradiated in the first division tends to be excessively strong and weakened in the third division, so there is a risk of burns in the first irradiation.

The cooling function makes it difficult to feel pain during the procedure.

The photo facial M22 is made of sapphire glass, which has an excellent cooling function, as the light guide for the part that comes into contact with the skin when irradiating the IPL. In addition, it is said that pain is less likely to be felt during the procedure due to the contact cooling function that can irradiate the IPL while cooling the skin.

Differences between Photofacial M22 and other machines / treatments

Difference from Naturite Luminous ONE

The Photo Facial M22 is the third generation machine in the series, which was developed by Luminous after Naturalite and Luminous ONE.

The Naturite and Photofacial M22 are medical devices that have been approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for safety and efficacy, and the Luminous ONE is an unapproved machine. The number of wavelengths that can be irradiated is 3 types for Naturite, 7 types for Luminous ONE, and 9 types for Photofacial M22. Luminous ONE and Photofacial M22 have a mechanism to convert the wavelength and irradiate by using different filters.

filter Naturite Luminous ONE Photofacial M22
515nm (unapproved) -
615nm -
695nm -
755nm (unapproved) -
Blood vessel filter (unapproved) - ---
Acne Filter (Unapproved) - ---

Dedicated filter that only M22 has among the three machines

"Filter for blood vessels" that acts on reddish symptoms such as reddish face

A reddish face is a condition in which the capillaries expand and blood flow increases, causing hot spots and redness on the face.

Photofacial M22's blood vessel filter can irradiate wavelengths from 530 nm to 650 nm that target capillaries near the surface of the skin and wavelengths from 900 nm to 1200 nm that target capillaries deep in the skin . Both are absorbed by the hemoglobin of red blood cells existing in the capillaries and emit heat energy.

A wavelength of 530 nm to 650 nm can be expected to have the effect of constricting capillaries near the skin surface to suppress blood flow and improve a reddish face, and a wavelength of 900 nm to 1200 nm can be expected to have the effect of expanding deep capillaries to the nose and cheeks. It is said that it leads to improvement of symptoms with redness such as telangiectasia and inflammation of acne where small blood vessels can be seen through red.

"Acne filter" for the treatment and prevention of acne caused by acne bacteria

Photofacial M22 has a special acne filter that irradiates wavelengths from 400nm to 600nm and 800nm to 1200nm.

Irradiating a wavelength of 400nm to 600nm with Photofacial M22 is said to be able to eliminate the cause of acne . In addition, by irradiating with a wavelength of 800 nm to 1200 nm, it can be expected to have the effect of constricting deep blood vessels that supply nutrients to the sebaceous glands, suppressing sebum secretion, and preventing the recurrence and renewal of acne .

Why Photofacial M22 Eliminates Acne Causes

P. acnes, the causative agent of acne, produces the organic compound porphyrin in the process of growing using sebum as a nutrient source. When the photofacial M22 irradiates with a wavelength of 400 nm to 600 nm, porphyrin absorbs the wavelength and produces singlet oxygen, which is one of the active oxygen. Singlet oxygen has the effect of killing acne bacteria, so it is said to eliminate the cause of acne.

Difference between Photofacial M22 and Laser Treatment

With laser treatment, you need to choose the machine that suits your skin problems.

On the other hand, Photofacial M22 can switch wavelengths with a filter, so it is possible to treat multiple skin problems with one machine .

In addition, since the pulse width of a laser is shorter than that of an IPL, the heat energy generated instantaneously is high, so it can be said that the action of damaging a specific substance is relatively strong. Therefore, laser treatment may improve symptoms such as age spots and redness of the skin with a single treatment, but in the case of IPL treatment, the skin quality is generally improved by receiving multiple treatments .

Wavelength characteristics

Since each wavelength has the property of being absorbed only by a specific substance such as melanin and hemoglobin, laser treatment consisting of one wavelength will select the machine according to the skin problem.

"Laser toning" that irradiates a laser with low output

Chloasma that increases melanin when given a strong stimulus and may expand the range or darken the color. Lasers have been unsuitable for the treatment of chloasma due to their short pulse width and strong stimulation.

However, laser toning, which shortens the pulse width and irradiates the laser at a low output several centimeters away from the skin, can irradiate the laser with less irritation, so it is used for treatment of chloasma and pores. It is used for treatments that open the skin and make the skin firm. Laser toning and Photofacial M22 may be used together.

Machines that can perform laser toning include Medride C6 (manufactured by Sinosure, USA), Spectra (manufactured by Rootlock, South Korea), and Tribeam (manufactured by Jasis, South Korea).

Difference between Photofacial M22 and BBL

BBL is a phototherapy machine developed by Saiton, a medical device manufacturer in the United States.

BBL is a machine that irradiates a wavelength band called Broad Band Light from 410nm to 1400nm, and like Photofacial M22, it can treat multiple skin problems, such as age spots, freckles, dullness, reddish face, and fine details. It can be expected to have the effect of improving skin problems such as wrinkles and sagging.

Both Photofacial M22 and BBL are phototherapy machines and have similar characteristics because they can adjust the wavelength and output. However, the difference is that the Photofacial M22 is a medical device that has been approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its safety and efficacy, while the BBL is an unapproved device .

Difference between Photo Facial M22 and Photo RF (Aurora)

Photo RF (Aurora) is a beauty medical machine that irradiates a combination of high-frequency energy RF in addition to IPL energy .

It is said that the RF wavelength generates heat energy in the deep part of the skin, tightens the sagging of the skin and promotes the production of collagen, which leads to the improvement of wrinkles on the skin.

Photo RF also includes the wavelength of IPL, so it is suitable for the treatment of age spots and reddish face like Photo Facial M22, but it takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The treatment time of Photofacial M22 is about 15 to 20 minutes, so the treatment time tends to be slightly longer than that.

Photofacial M22 downtime and progress

Photofacial M22 downtime

Photofacial M22 treats with weaker heat energy than laser treatment, so there is no scab on the treated area and there is almost no downtime .

Makeup is possible immediately after receiving the treatment, so even if redness occurs in the treated area, it can be hidden with makeup.

Course of spot treatment in Photofacial M22

Immediately after irradiation Redness occurs on the spots irradiated with IPL
2-3 days after irradiation Redness is reduced and stains appear temporarily dark
5 to 6 days after irradiation The stains turn black and begin to peel off
Approximately one week after irradiation Black spots come off

Blemishes and dullness are caused by accumulated melanin . When the skin is stimulated by ultraviolet rays or friction, melanin is produced by melanocytes present in the epidermal layer of the skin.

Normally, melanin gradually moves closer to the surface of the skin and falls off with old keratin by turnover, which is the metabolism of the skin. However, when melanin is excessively produced by external stimuli or the turnover cycle is disturbed, melanin accumulates, causing spots and dullness.

When IPL treatment is performed with Photofacial M22, the wavelength of IPL is absorbed by the accumulated melanin and heat energy is generated. Melanin damaged by the generated heat energy is excreted as a waste product by the cycle of skin turnover .

What you need to know when receiving Photo Facial M22

More effective by receiving regular treatment

With Photofacial M22, you may be able to experience the effects of lightening dark spots and dullness and causing firmness on the skin with a single treatment, but in general, multiple treatments will gradually cause skin problems. Leads to improvement.

It is said that you can feel the effect more by receiving the treatment every 3 to 4 weeks and receiving the treatment 4 to 5 times in total . In addition, if the purpose is to keep the skin firm, it is recommended to receive continuous treatment once every two to three months.

Those who cannot receive Photo Facial M22

  • Pregnant
  • People with photosensitivity
  • Those who have a history of epilepsy or cancer
  • Those who have a chronic disease during treatment
  • Those who are tanned
  • Those with keloid constitution
  • Those who have trauma to the irradiated area
  • Those who have tattoos or permanent makeup on the irradiated area
  • When the medical institution receiving the treatment determines that it is not suitable

Risks and side effects of Photofacial M22

  • Redness and tingling pain of the skin due to heat energy
  • Burns and pigmentation on the treated area

Be careful the day before and on the day of the procedure

  • Sunburn: If your skin is inflamed due to sunburn, you may not be able to receive treatment, so be sure to take UV (ultraviolet) measures for a few days before avoiding sunburn.
  • Scrub / Face Pack: Please refrain from using scrubs or face packs that are highly irritating the day before the procedure.
  • Drinking: Drinking alcohol promotes blood flow and raises body temperature, which can cause redness and itching, so avoid drinking alcohol within 12 hours before receiving the procedure.

Be careful after receiving the treatment

After the treatment, the skin tends to dry out, so please give more moisturizing care than usual for a few days to a week. Also, since it is easily affected by UV rays, it is recommended to take measures against UV rays such as applying sunscreen. Drinking alcohol improves blood circulation and makes it easier for you to get reddish, so please refrain from drinking alcohol within 12 hours after receiving the treatment.

To feel the effect of Photo Facial M22 more

Treatment that can be expected to have a synergistic effect when received in combination

Those who are worried about spots, freckles, and chloasma

If you want to improve spots, freckles, and chloasma for comprehensive whitening treatment, you can use topical drugs such as hydroquinone and retinoic acid, and oral therapy such as vitamins C and E and tranexamic acid at the same time as photofacial M22. You can expect it.

You can also expect a beautiful skin effect by using a machine such as AccuChip, Gentle Raise Pro, and CO2 Fractional Laser.

Those who are worried about acne

For those who want to suppress or prevent the occurrence of acne inflammation, take oral medications such as vitamins C, E, B2, B6, tranexamic acid, and high thiol , chemical peels that promote skin turnover, and iontophoresis. Is said to be effective.

Those who aim to improve skin quality

If you are worried about the opening of pores or want to adjust the cycle of disordered turnover, perform treatments such as chemical peeling that can be expected to improve skin function by tightening pores and normalizing turnover, iontophoresis using chemicals, etc. It would be good to use it together.

By making fine holes in the skin and stimulating the skin cells, CO2 fractional laser irradiation, which is said to regenerate the skin cells, and the combined use of Dermapen and Genesis, which promote the growth of collagen, can also be expected to improve the skin quality.

How to choose a medical institution that can be convinced by the photo facial M22 treatment

The Photofacial M22 is a medical device that has been approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its safety and efficacy . The treatment with Photofacial M22 is a medical practice and can only be taken at a medical institution.

In order to receive safe and effective treatment for skin problems with Photofacial M22, it is necessary to have a doctor who has deep knowledge of IPL treatment and experience in treatment. In addition, it is important to propose an appropriate treatment according to the condition of the skin, and to determine the doctor's response to whether he / she can respond to anxiety and doubts.

In addition, for those who want to receive treatments that can be expected to improve skin quality and beautify the skin, they prescribe external medicines and internal medicines, and perform combined treatments such as peeling and iontophoresis . It is a good idea to choose a medical institution .