How Do Fotofacial Treatments Work?
by Wendy Travis
The IPL fotofacial, or Photofacial, has been proven effective in treating a host of skin concerns, including redness, hyperpigmentation, acne and the early effects of aging. This procedure delivers intense pulsed light therapy to the underlying layers of the skin, addressing problems at their source without damaging healthy skin on the surface. Fotofacial treatments are done as an outpatient procedure in a doctor's office or medical spa, without need for anesthesia or recovery time afterward. HealthySkinPortal has the basics of what a fotofacial treatment looks like, to help you determine if this is the best cosmetic procedure for you.
What can Fotofacials Treat?
IPL fotofacials can work on a variety of skin issues, including:
- sun damage
- Enlarged pores
- Age spots
- Spider veins
- Fine lines
- Mild scarring
Different types of light used for the IPL fotofacial allows the doctor to customize treatment to a patient's specific needs. For example, the PhotoDerm VL works best on vascular issues like spider veins, while the PhotoDerm PL is designed for pigmentation concerns. If you are seeking a fotofacial for a specific complexion problem, make sure the doctor performing your treatment is using the best device for your specific issue.
Benefits of Fotofacials
There are many good reasons to select IPL fotofacials over other types of skin rejuvenation treatments, including:
- The ability to customize the fotofacial treatment to a patient's specific concerns
- No damage to the skin's surface, so there is no downtime after the procedure
- Treatment sessions usually take under an hour to complete and require no anesthesia
- Larger areas can be treated with a fotofacial than with other types of laser procedures
- Patient can return to regular activities as soon as the fotofacial is completed
- Collagen production is stimulated so patient can enjoy positive results for a longer period of time
Fotofacials are an effective way to rejuvenate the skin and reclaim a more youthful appearance. This procedure is relatively safe and non-invasive, so you can enjoy stellar results with little discomfort and no downtime afterward.
What is the Procedure Like?
The fotofacial treatment may take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour to complete, depending on the size of the area to be treated. The patient is usually not given any type of anesthetic prior to the procedure and most describe the sensation as a rubber band snapped against the skin. If you are particularly sensitive to pain, ask your doctor to apply a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure.
Few patients experience any discomfort or side effects after the procedure. In some cases, temporary bruising or redness may occur. Your doctor will instruct you on the best types of skin products to use after your treatment. He will also recommend sun protection after the procedure, since treated skin can be more vulnerable to sun damage. Most patients return to work or other activities immediately after their treatment sessions.
Most patients will require a series of fotofacial sessions to achieve desired results. While the specific number of procedures will vary considerably, the average person will need around four to six sessions, each spaced around three weeks apart. Your doctor can advise you on the specifics of your treatment, based on your skin type and type of problem you are addressing.
How Long do the Results Last?
Most patients are pleasantly surprised to find the results of fotofacials last a relatively long time. Touch-up treatments may not be needed for a year or more. As collagen production increases, individuals are able to maintain a softer, smoother complexion over a longer time frame.
Fotofacials are one of the most popular methods of skin rejuvenation today. Using a variety of pulsed light therapies, patients can enjoy stellar results with little discomfort or downtime involved. If you want to learn more about how a fotofacial can give you a younger, brighter complexion, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a licensed fotofacial provider near you.
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