We have two different devices that offer Photo Facials or Photo Rejuvenation treatments (the terms are used interchangeably). Cutera’s Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) delivers a non-invasive light treatment that can target both pigmentation (brown) and vascular (redness) that is present in the skin. Candela’s Gentle Max Alexandrite laser can target pigmentation (brown). Depending on your skin concerns and goals, we will determine which device is best for you. With both devices, the result is an exceptionally effective skin rejuvenation treatment with minor discomfort and downtime.
What is a Photo Facial?
A Photo Facial is performed by a laser device that is used to improve photo damage (reds and browns). When treating browns, the pigment absorbs the light and is then dehydrated and slowly sloughs off. When dealing with reds, the hemoglobin is ‘cooked’ and then absorbed by the body. The Photo Facial is a non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation. The procedure offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with anti-aging benefits.
Who is a good candidate?
Treatments are safe and effective for Fitzpatrick Skin Types 1-3 (and light 4) who are looking to improve their photo damage or redness. Darker skin types or patients with melasma are not candidates for treatment. Both men and women are candidates, but the treatment can cause minor hair reduction over the treated areas so men may wish to only have areas outside their beard treated. Photo Rejuvenation treatments can make you more photosensitive so the fall or winter may be the best time for treatments depending on your lifestyle. Sun exposure also needs to be avoided prior to treatment. Consultations are always complimentary if you are unsure if you are a proper candidate.
What areas can be treated?
The Photo Facial is ideal for many different parts of the body. Face, neck, décolleté, arms, legs, and back or really anywhere with skin redness or brown spots.
How long does the treatment take? What does the treatment feel like? Is there any downtime or pain involved?
A photo rejuvenation treatment takes about 30 minutes. When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild snapping or pinching sensation. Most people experience some minor discomfort during the treatment, but find it very tolerable. When treating browns, pigment is pulled to the surface so the brown will look intensified before it sloughs off. This process may take 7-10 days. In some patients swelling may occur.
How many treatments will I need?
We always recommend a series of three to five treatments about four weeks apart, but you can expect to see a major decrease in browns and reds as well as some minor firming and re-texturizing to the skin. Results and amount of treatments required will vary from each client, depending on the their skin, their concern, and goals. We highly recommend incorporating medical grade skin care and daily sun protection to help get the best results from your treatment as well as maintain and continue your results.
What happens after the Photo Rejuvenation treatment?
Shortly following the treatment, brown spots often start to come to the surface and will appear darker or intensified before it sloughs off. This process may take 7-10 days. In some patients swelling may occur. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness and the darker pigment.
When will I see results?
Within one to two weeks, the pigment will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease and any mottled complexion will improve.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
Unfortunately yes. Unless we lived in a bubble and were never exposed to free radical or sun damage, new brown spots, telangiectasia (tiny veins), and diffused redness can appear over time. Remember to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffused redness. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be “cured” with any laser or light source, however its appearance can be improved and symptoms can be managed. Maintenance treatments are often required periodically, about 1-2 sessions per year.