Photo Facial Introduction

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Photo facials leave your facial skin looking more youthful and vibrant. The benefits are younger looking skin with fewer wrinkles, brown spots, and red spots. More even and clear skin tone and texture.

Photo facials are also referred to as photo rejuvenation and use intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) to treat various conditions of the skin. It uses technology that emits an intense pulsed light or “bright flash” similar to that that a camera. Your skin care specialist will select different colors of IPL to treat your specific skin conditions. A series of treatments are done and the proper wavelength of intense light is emitted in a series of pulses in each session over the specific target area. The light emitted is absorbed by the red or brown lesion which cause the lesion to disappear removing years of sun and environmental exposure.

How Do Photo Facials Work?

What will a photo facial do for my skin?

IPL is used to remove skin aging changes such as age spots, uneven pigmentation, sun spots, rosacea, broken capillaries, and red spots. It is most commonly used to target sun damage and aged areas on the face, neck and chest. It will also smooth fine lines, improve overall skin texture by stimulating the collagen production, resulting in a fresher, healthier, more youthful skin appearance. IPL can be used to treat active acne with amazing results.

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What to Expect

Photo Facials What To Expect

A cool gel will be applied to the treatment area and protective eyewear (like small swimming goggles) will be placed to protect the eyes from the bright flashes of light. The skin care specialist will place the hand piece on the area to be treated and administer the pulse that delivers the light; the hand piece will be moved across the entire treatment area in the same manner until the treatment is complete. You may feel a warm sensation caused by the delivery of the light pulses to the skin and may feel a “snap”. The number of pulses and length of treatment depends on the size of the area being treated. Sometimes cool compresses are applied after the treatment, especially for rosacea and red spots.

Post procedure care after IPL: you must avoid sun exposure, natural sun and tanning beds, for 3-4 weeks after treatment; we recommend that you avoid heavy exercise, hot tubs, saunas, or overheating for 24 hours; you may want to use cool compresses for several hours after your treatment

Photo Facial FAQs

Who is a candidate for this procedure?

Anyone with brown and red discolorations on the face. During a consultation, we will perform a thorough history and skin analysis to determine if you will benefit from IPL. We treat men and women of all ages with excellent success. Your skin type is the most important assessment that we will make during your consultation; individuals with darker skin may not be able to be treated. You cannot be treated if you arrive for your appointment with a sun burn or if you have tanned recently or used a self-tanner on the area to be treated.

Is there anything I should avoid if I am considering a photo facial treatment?

Yes! It is important that you should avoid the sun for at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. If you must go out in the sun, it is recommended that you wear a good quality sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. You should also discontinue the use of Retin-A or any retinoid based product for at least 1 week prior to procedure. Other individual instructions may be given to you during your consultation.

Can other areas be treated besides my face?

Absolutely! It’s the same technology but it’s called photo rejuvenation. The neck, chest, and hands are the most common areas treated with the face. The legs and arms can also be treated.

What is the treatment time?

This depends on how many areas you are having treated but typically approximately 30 -45 minutes.

What is the downtime?

Very little, if any since there is minimal damage to the skin (unlike with a laser treatment).

Expectations after treatment: there may be some pinkness of the skin after treating red conditions for a few hours and there will be darkening of brown spots which fades in a short time.

When will I see results?

You will see results after one week after your first treatment session.

Does it hurt?

There is mild discomfort often described as similar to bacon grease or a small rubber band popping the skin.

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