Photofacial, also called photorejuvenation, is a generic name for light-based therapy that improves the appearance of discolorations in the skin. A photofacial may be used to:
While a photofacial targets those specific problem areas, you may notice that your skin’s overall texture improves because the treatment reaches deep layers of skin where it stimulates collagen production.
A photofacial is performed with a medical device that uses intense pulsed light (IPL). Pulses of light are emitted at specific wavelengths that are absorbed by red and brown color targets, but leave the surrounding skin unharmed. As the light is absorbed, it heats the targeted pigment. When brown spots and discolorations are heated, the pigment breaks down and is naturally absorbed by the body. When redness, capillaries, rosacea, and reddish-purple birthmarks are the target, the underlying blood vessels close down and are destroyed.
Photofacial treatments usually take 30-90 minutes, depending on the area being treated. During that time, you may feel mild discomfort, but most patients can tolerate the procedure without any problems.
If you want to remove blood vessels, your skin may appear slightly red for 2-5 days after the treatment. If you had a photofacial to diminish freckles or age spots, expect the spots to look darker for 3-7 days, then possibly develop a crust that could last up to 10 days. Age spots may require several treatments for optimal results, otherwise your complexion will be clear and discolorations will be gone within a few weeks.
Since a photofacial affects deeper layers of skin, you can have another aesthetic procedure at the same time that affects the top layer. When you consult with Dr. Lebowitz, he thoroughly evaluates your skin, talks about your concerns and goals, and recommends therapies that give you your desired results.
*Individual results may vary
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