Sun damage, environmental factors, and age all contribute to a blotchy and lackluster complexion. When these skin imperfections occur, they often bring with them lasting damage to one’s self-confidence and self-image. PhotoFacials, however, improve skin color, consistency, and texture without harming the surrounding tissue, making it one of the safest skin rejuvenation procedures available. PhotoFacials are perfect for those patients with busy lives and schedules because it requires no downtime and carries minimal discomfort. You can turn your sun-damaged and tired complexion into a radiant one with a PhotoFacial.
A PhotoFacial is a non-invasive option to achieve an even skin tone and radiant complexion. This procedure is an ideal choice for patients with lighter skin and may not be appropriate for those who have darker or tanned skin, as this procedure may affect the pigmentation. Photofacials are ideal for those wanting to improve the following conditions:
- Sun damage
- Excessive redness
- Broken blood vessels
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines
In a PhotoFacial session, a specialized handpiece administers bursts of intense, broad-spectrum light that penetrate to the deeper levels of the skin (the dermis). The series of high energy light pulses pulls the pigmentation from the deeper layers of the skin up to the surface where it will be sloughed off in four to seven days. The intense pulsed light also constricts blood vessels, which will result in reduced redness and provide a more even skin tone. The PhotoFacial procedure is not painful, and most patients liken the feeling to the gentle snapping of a rubber band against their skin. Treatment time ranges anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment area and size.
PhotoFacials are outpatient procedures with no downtime and minimal discomfort since no skin is removed or significantly damaged. You may experience red or flushed skin immediately following your treatment; however, this will subside within a few hours to a few days. Any physical discomfort can be remedied with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. To protect and aid with your results, you should avoid the sun for several days and be sure to wear plenty of sunblock for at least the first few weeks. Continual sun protection is vital to the quality and longevity of your PhotoFacial results.
You will begin to notice smoother, more evenly toned skin within a few days of the procedure; however, the results of your PhotoFacial will continue to improve gradually over the following weeks. For most skin concerns, a series of three to five treatments, spaced four weeks apart, is recommended to reach your ideal results. These results are known to last one year or even longer if they are paired with a healthy lifestyle and adequate sun protection.
As this procedure is noninvasive and does very little damage to the skin, risks and complications are minimal and are likely not permanent. While rare, risks can include:
- Changes in skin pigmentation