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Photofacials

The term Photofacial is becoming increasingly more recognized as the popularity has grown in leaps and bounds. A Photofacial is a process using intense pulsed light to remove sun spots, visible veins and other imperfections, improving the texture and rejuvenating the face.
People appreciate the look they achieve by
undergoing these treatments because they look
and feel better. Sun spots and broken capillaries
can spoil your complexion, make you look older
and affect your self-confidence.
What exactly is being treated?
How long does it take?
What should I expect after the treatment?
What is the difference between IPL and Laser for Photofacials or Capillary or Sun Spot Removal?
How much does it cost?
How can I contact you?


- What exactly is being treated?

Pre-treatment


4 weeks After
8 treatment


Pre-treatment


6 weeks after
1 treatment

There are two main problems that the photofacial process concentrates on:
  • Sun spots or Age Spots (also referred to as Pigmented Legions). These occur due to sun-induced skin injury and appear as dark brown circles, known as Solar Lentigines. There can also be diffuse browning of the skin known as Actinic Bronzing.

  • Broken Capillaries (also known as Vascular Lesions). These are superficial blue, red, or purple veins under the skin's surface. Some common types include Rosacea (facial inflammation) and Spider Veins (tiny vessels that appear near the surface of the skin).

Luckily there is now an easy and quick way to eliminate these imperfections and wipe the facial slate clean, improving your skin texture and tone. The treatments cause very little discomfort. Most people perceive the light penetration as a gentle "snapping" sensation. Of course, we would walk you through the procedure to ensure you feel completely comfortable.
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- How long does it take?

The procedure itself is quite brief and does not interfere with daily routines, particularly compared to facials and deep peels which leave the face temporarily blotchy. Using the Intense Pulsed Light system, we dramatically improve the look of sun-damaged or persistently red skin. Treatments take about half an hour, and any slight redness is usually gone by the time you leave our office. Treatments for sun spots and simple capillaries are usually done every two weeks for three to five treatments. For difficult rosacea, more treatments are usually required and we recommend a weekly regimen until we can see an initial drastic reduction. Many clients are so pleased with their results that they make it a routine procedure just as they do their facials, manicures and massages. Also, some clients come in for maintenance treatments once or twice a year after they finish the treatment series. Our maintenance fees are half off our regular fees even though we treat the entire area as though it were an initial visit.
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- What should I expect after the treatment?

The sun spots will darken slightly after the treatment, and then will flake away after about 10-14 days. The broken capillaries generally will undergo immediate graying or blanching and the surrounding area may redden briefly. Most of the vessels then fade after about 10-14 days. Some stubborn sun spots and veins require a few treatments to completely fade. Most people experience some mild redness and/or minor swelling shortly after the treatment. This does not interfere with normal activities and usually subsides within a day. In some cases, the redness may last longer, but it will still be mild and temporary.
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- What is the difference between IPL and Laser for Photofacials or Capillary or Sun Spot (Lesion) Removal?

They are very similar procedures and treat lesions in basically the same way. However, the IPL system we use is a new technology that removes lesions up to ten times faster than lasers. That's important in this busy day and age!
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