Photo facials produce younger, healthier-looking skin by removing irregularities and discolourations. As we age, we may begin to see more freckles, wrinkles, broken capillaries, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. A photofacial can treat vascular redness, pigmented age spots, signs of sun damage, uneven skin texture, and boost collagen all at once. Photo facials can help you accomplish dramatic improvements in your skin with little or no downtime, and minimal discomfort.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is applied to the face, which reduces the appearance of blemishes. This includes symptoms of Rosacea, broken capillaries, sun damage, oversized pores, age spots, and uneven skin texture. Treatments can be applied to the face, neck, chest, and hands. Photo facials achieve drastic results with little to no downtime.
We recommend a series of 3 to 6 treatments. Our technicians will help you develop a customized treatment program that optimizes results for you. Yearly follow-up treatments may be desired to maintain results.
First, the treated area is cleansed and a cooling gel is applied. An intense light is then applied in a series of pulses over the treatment area. This light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormal vessels or pigmentation. The heat causes damage to the problem vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process by regenerating cells underneath the skin.
After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and sunscreen is applied. There should be little pain, but patients can request a topical anesthesia for maximum comfort. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied. The lesion will darken, before flaking off or being absorbed by the body.
After treatment, the skin may look more flushed, and capillaries or pigmented spots may appear darker. Your skin will appear red or slightly flushed for a few hours, which is normal. Mild swelling can occur in some cases, but is usually improved by applying ice or a cold compress to the affected area. Temporary swelling and/or blistering may occur, although it is rare.
After the healing process, you should expect to see a reduction in redness, broken capillaries, uneven skin tone, pore size, and fine lines. Further treatments will result in smoother, more even skin tone and texture.