A Photofacial is a series of Intensed Pulsed Light (I.P.L.) treatments that improves the appearance of Rosacea, flushing, broken capillaries, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. Consecutive Photofacial treatments may help with mild acne scars, reduction in large pores, and reduction of fine lines. Treatments are especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest and hands. This exciting treatment involves little or no “down time.” You can resume most normal activities immediately.
How does the Photofacial work?
An Intense Pulsed Light or I.P.L. is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat causes damage to the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or the body absorbs it. Treatment can be given as frequently as every 3 weeks.
For optimal results, a series of 3 to 5 treatments are recommended. Follow-up treatments may be desired one to two times year to maintain optimal results.
Treatment improves sunspots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation; sun damaged skin and early signs of aging. Treatment also improves red flushing skin, Rosacea and broken capillaries. Enjoy smoother skin and more even tone with minimal discomfort during treatment.
Treatment may vary from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. First, the treated area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a snap of a rubber band. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin is cleansed, and a sunscreen is applied. For sensitive skin, a cool compress can be applied following treatment.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment the skin may appear flushed, brown-pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. If you have larger, high pressure vessels or a cluster of vessels, you may bruise or swell. This usually subsides in 3 to 7 days. In rare cases some scarring is possible
What improvement will I see?
Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation and fine lines. After each treatment the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone. Schedule your consultation and discover how this treatment can benefit you!