Skin Rejuvenation with Photofacials
Help with redness, aging, acne, and rosacea
Sun exposure, aging, acne, rosacea and trauma can cause an increase of redness, broken capillaries, freckles and age spots, all of which cause uneven complexion. Photofacial services by DermaCenter™ can reverse this type of skin damage. A photofacial is a combination of laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) technology used to improve the appearance of the face, chest and neck area. Photofacial treatments minimize redness, veins, broken capillaries, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, age spots and other related flaws around the nose, cheeks and decollete. Photofacial light pulses are sent through the surface of the skin to destroy blood vessels and pigment that causes discoloration. The procedure has no effect on the skin itself and the light energy encourages the production of collagen, which gives the skin a softer, smoother and clearer appearance. This cosmetic procedure restores a natural, healthy appearance within four to six treatments, although it can require more treatments depending on the nature of each client’s skin. This can also be performed on the hands to reduce age or liver spots.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Photofacial?
Photofacial is a proprietary treatment protocol which consists of a series of Intense Pulsed Light treatments that improve the appearance of rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines. If you seek a more even complexion, then Photofacial is the treatment you want. This exciting treatment involves little or no down time. You can resume normal activities immediately.
Who are the best candidates for a Photofacial?
The best candidates have:
- Red, flushed faces or rosacea
- Sun-damaged skin
- Enlarged pores
How does the Photofacial treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of 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 impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body. Photofacial treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.
How many Photofacial treatments will I need?
For optimal results, a series of five Photofacial treatments are recommended. Some patients see significant improvement in two to three treatments, others require more. Follow-up treatments may be recommended to maintain results. Often, optimal results are achieved when treatment is performed in conjunction with Microdermabrasion, BOTOX® Cosmetic, or other corrective skin care.
What are the benefits of Photofacial?
- Treatment improves sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, large pores, sun damaged skin, and early signs of aging.
- Treatment improves red flushing skin, rosacea, and broken capillaries.
- Enjoy smoother skin with a more even tone.
- Minimal discomfort during treatment.
- Resume regular activities immediately.
What is a Photofacial treatment like?
A Photofacial 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 cleansed, and a sunscreen is applied. Pain is minimal; however, topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied following treatment. For skin texture improvement an exfoliating “prep” treatment may be recommended.
Are Photofacial treatments safe?
Yes. Advanced light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted tissues, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. However, some bruising or redness may occur.
Are there any possible side effects of a Photofacial?
Side effects of Photofacials are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown-pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.
What improvement will I see with a Photofacial?
Photofacial patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation, pore size, and fine lines. After each treatment, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone. Photofacial is often used in treating rosacea. As many as seventy million Americans have undesirable redness and/or sun damaged skin. Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness and flushing skin. Sun exposure, alcohol, medications, stress, and aging may cause flairs of rosacea. Photofacial treatments control flushing and, in many cases, reduce the need for topical cortisone creams and antibiotics.