If you’d like to even your skin tone or lessen the appearance of certain skin conditions, like sun damage, our photofacial treatment can help. Our skin care experts use an intense pulsed light (IPL) on the face, neck, shoulders, back or hands that target red and brown spots. Photofacial is great for treating a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Brown spots
- Broken capillaries
- Spider veins
- Facial redness
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
The treatment gives you a more even skin tone, while also brightening the skin. Depending on your specific skin type and the results you want, you may need one to three treatments.
It works similarly to our laser resurfacing treatment; however, we don’t recommend photofacial treatment for people with darker skin tones. One of our skin care specialists can tell you which treatment would work best for you.
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What to expect during a photofacial
Your aesthetician will use a handheld device to warm the skin and stimulate your body’s natural healing process and collagen growth. During your treatment, your aesthetician will apply the IPL in brief flashes, up to three times to a specific treatment area. The light reaches not only your outermost skin, but also the layers beneath it.
The heating process breaks down any red and brown pigments into smaller particles. Your body then eliminates those particles through its immune cycles.
Photofacial costs vary based on your specific treatment goals and other services you may also undergo. Your surgeon will discuss the cost of photofacial with you during your consultation, and our team is always available to help establish a photofacial payment plan that works for you.
Photofacial procedure risks
Photofacial treatments are generally very safe. However, some people experience slight discomfort during or after this quick, non-invasive procedure.
If you experience any minor swelling or redness, those side effects typically begin to decrease within a few hours of treatment. Your skin care specialist will discuss any risks specific to you prior to your procedure.