Photofacial uses the power of gentle, targeted light to destroy structures that cause the signs of aging in the skin. What makes a Photofacial different from other laser rejuvenation treatments is the broad spectrum of light used. While laser treatments typically only use a single wavelength of light, Photofacials utilize several different wavelengths. These different wavelengths of light are absorbed by the blood vessels and excess pigmentation that cause vascular redness and discoloration, destroying them and the cosmetic problems they cause.
Each Photofacial treatment can last anywhere from 15-60 minutes, depending upon the size of the treatment area. Patients report that the procedure is relatively comfortable, feeling like a warm snapping against the skin. Following treatment, redness similar to that of a mild sunburn is common, and usually last about 24-hours after treatment. Mild blistering and bruising sometimes occurs but is less common. These treatments must be spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart.
Individuals with sun-tanned skin, connective tissue diseases, autoimmune disorders, on Accutane or within last 6 months or other photo-sensitizing medications cannot receive Photofacial treatments. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are also advised not to undergo the procedure. Individuals with history of malignant melanoma or melasma.