What is a PhotoFacial Treatment?
A PhotoFacial Treatment is a series of gentle pulsed light treatments intended to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin, as well as reduce redness and flushing. PhotoFacial treatments result in a more youthful-appearing skin.
How does PhotoFacial work?
An intense light is emitted in a series of gentle pulses over the skin at intervals of approximately three weeks for a series of five treatments. This special light which is different than laser treatments emits light over many wavelengths allowing the light to penetrate to all the levels of the skin where abnormal and easily dilated vessels can be found. Lasers produce only a single wavelength of light and are limited in depth of penetration and what they can treat.
How much improvement will I see with PhotoFacial?
Typically 75-95%, on average 90% improvement is seen in most patients.
Are there any other conditions that can be treated with the PhotoFacial?
Yes, PhotoFacial treatments will also help patients who suffer from photo-aging of the skin, pigmentation from sun exposure (Age Spots), irregularities of skin texture, reduces large pores and dark circles around the eyes and helps reduce fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth.
Are there any contraindications to this procedure?
Yes, it is not indicated in patients with connective tissue disease or auto immune disorders. PhotoFacial is not recommended during pregnancy or recently sun-tanned skin. It cannot be used on patients taking Accutane or for six months after stopping Accutane. The procedure is not usually done on patients with active acne cysts and large pustules. The same is true for highly active rosacea. Most photosensitive medications such as antibiotics, anti anxiety, sulfa drugs, birth control pills and anti-hypertensive medications are not a contraindication. Care must be taken in patients who get fever blister attacks on the face. An anti-herpes medication can be taken thus avoiding the problem.