A Photofacial is not the typical spa facial you treat yourself to when you want to be pampered with a luxurious massage and experience the relaxing scents of aromatherapy oils.  However, a Photofacial aka Photo Rejuvenation is one of the most popular facial treatments available today to reverse signs of aging while improving skin health.  A series of photofacials can help to eliminate a variety of skin conditions such as:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun Damage
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Spider Veins
  • Age Spots
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Freckles
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Mild Acne Scars
  • Rosacea and Redness
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Skin Discolorations

How Does The Photofacial Treatment Work?

Using Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Technology deep pulses of light are safely used to penetrate deep into the skin and targets the dermis.  Unlike a laser, this light works over many wavelengths, not just one.  This photo rejuvenation technique simultaneously removes and heals the damaged photoaged skin while stimulating collagen production and constricting blood vessels, diffusing redness while helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  You will see a difference in just one treatment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Photofacial Treatments?

If you have any of the above skin conditions or if your skin has become discolored as a result of smoking, alcohol consumption or hormonal changes consult with your dermatologist or esthetician to determine whether you are a good candidate for Photofacial treatments.  Also, treatments work best for people with light skin and who are not sun tanned.

How Many Treatments are Required?

Generally 3-6 treatments are required at one month intervals with a microdermabrasion treatments performed 1-2 weeks after each Photofacial to enhance the treatment and exfoliate the skin, resulting in younger, smoother, more youthful looking skin.

Does it hurt?

Most clients describe the treatment as a slight warming sensation and very tolerable with minimal discomfort.  There is generally no topical anesthesia required.

How long does each treatment take?

Each treatment takes approximately 40 minutes with no down time.  You can return to work or your other activities immediately following the treatment.

Are there any contraindications?

Yes, if you are pregnant, have an autoimmune disorder, or connective tissue disease, Photofacials cannot be performed.  Also, if you are taking accutane, have cystic acne or fever blisters consult with your dermatologist first.  NOTE: If you have melasma (aka chloasma or pregnancy mask) consult with a Dermatologist before having photofacial treatments.  Depending on the severity, the treatments may actually aggravate the dark pigmentation and make it worse.

What can I expect after a Photofacial Treatment?

Immediately following the Photofacial, you may experience a mild sunburn sensation that may last up to 24 hours.  Age spots or sun damage may darken initially after treatment but will fade or disappear within a few days.  Broken capillaries or spider veins may disappear completely after the first treatment or two.

What areas of the body can be treated with Photofacial treatments?

The face, neck, chest, arms, and hands are the most common areas treated.

Is there any pre or post treatment care required?

It is very important before and after the treatment to avoid the sun and tanning beds.  It’s also recommended to use an SPF 30 or higher before and after the treatments to protect your skin.

Are maintenance treatments required?

If you use an SPF 30+ consistently and shield your face or treated areas from the sun, your results WILL last longer. Maintenance treatments can range from 6-24 months.
Also, for BEST results post treatment, follow a daily skin care regimen using  good quality anti aging skin care products containing powerful antioxidants to keep your skin healthy and to reap the anti aging benefits.