What is Photo Facial?
Photo Facial is an advanced laser therapy that can significantly improve your tone and texture, clear broken capillaries, sun or brown spots, vascular scarring, acne, and rosacea. Additionally, we use Photo Facial to safely rejuvenate the skin and to help treat aging and damaged skin on the neck, chest, hands and just about anywhere on the body.
Photo Facial treatments are a great choice if you have uneven pigmentation, large pores, vascular scarring, broken capillaries, or overall redness.
What are the benefits of Photo Facial treatments?
Aside from reviving aging and sun-damaged skin, the Photo Facial offers significant benefits. These include versatility, comfort, cost, and convenience. A Photo Facial sounds like a treatment only for the face. However, it can be performed on various parts of the body. Photo Facial treatments are cost-effective, requiring a minimal investment for maximum outcome. Treatments may take an hour or less and do not require you to take time off work to recover.
What Treatments Can Be Combined with a Photo Facial?
Depending on the goals you have, you may combine your photo facial service with other treatments. Some people combine photo facials with microdermabrasion to address more significant sun damage and cosmetic aging. It may also be possible to combine this treatment with injectables like dermal fillers. Our goal is to achieve the best outcome for each patient. You can expect your provider to develop a well-timed treatment plan customized to your needs. This treatment can also be done in conjunction with others, such as chemical peels.
What should you not do before a Photo Facial?
Before getting a Photo Facial, it is imperative to avoid sun exposure for two to four weeks. This includes sunless tanning beds, which contain ultraviolet light that could increase the risks of burns. Sunless tanning lotions should be avoided in the two weeks prior to your Photo Facial. Beginning one week before treatment, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinners. For the two days before your Photo Facial, avoid alcohol.
Are there negative side effects to a Photo facial?
Photo facial treatment may be appropriate for people with lighter skin due to the risk of pigmentation abnormalities. Patients should avoid sun exposure after their photo facial service to prevent unwanted pigment changes or intensified side effects like redness or blistering. When post-treatment care guidelines are followed, most patients experience no adverse side effects from their photo facial.
Photo Facial Procedure
Photo facial treatment begins with a gentle cleansing of the skin to remove any lotion, oil, makeup, and debris that is present. Patients are given protective goggles to wear to protect the eyes from the bright flashes of light. A lubricating gel or lotion is applied, then the provider places a small handpiece against the skin, and moves it across the treatment area to address the concerns discussed in the consultation.
How Many IPL Photo Facial Treatments Will I Need?
Depending on the area(s) treated, there will be a series of five to eight treatments.
What Does an IPL Photo Facial Treatment Feel Like?
IPL Photo Facials are virtually painless. A warming sensation may be felt. Some patients experience a mild snapping sensation in certain areas. The hand piece itself may feel cool when it is placed against the skin. When the device pulses light, it may feel like having a rubber-band snapped against tissue. This sensation lasts just a second or two, but may recur as the hand piece moves over the treatment area. Patients do not describe this as painful and do not need numbing cream to tolerate their photo facial.
How Long Does a Photo Facial Treatment Take?
Each session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes for an area to be treated.
What are the side effects of a Photo Facial Treatment?
The skin begins to change soon after the Photo Facial. Mild side effects are a natural part of the skin regeneration process. As cellular turnover accelerates, the following may develop:
- Brown spots
Is there any downtime after a Photo Facial treatment?
There is no downtime needed to recover from a Photo Facial. However, side effects may vary from one person to another. Redness can last from two to five days, so you may want to schedule your treatment before the weekend.
Photo Facial Results
Generally speaking, after only one treatment, your skin will have a more even tone with a smoother look and feel. Additionally, sunspots will fade. Pore sizes will shrink. Fine lines and wrinkles will gradually decrease in size. These improvements will steadily increase with each additional treatment. Patients with rosacea will see a progressive decrease in redness with every treatment.
Immediately following the treatment, the treated skin may appear a little flushed and capillaries may seem to be more visible but will dissipate quickly.
How long after my Photo Facial treatment will I see my results?
You may begin to see small changes in your skin within the first week after your Photo Facial. This includes improvements such as smaller pores and a brighter complexion. However, this treatment works by stimulating the breakdown of pigment and vascular spots and also by increasing collagen production. The results of a series of Photo Facials continue to increase for 3 to 5 months.
How long will my Photo Facial results last?
The results of a Photo Facial can be long lasting. However, the skin is constantly aging and also responsive to the environment. IPL Photo Facials that are performed to reduce the effects of sun damage will last longer when future sun exposure is limited. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 can help prolong the results of a Photo Facial. This should be done on sunny days and also on cloudy days. Tanning should be avoided altogether if you want the results of your Photo Facial to last as long as possible.
Can I wash my face after a Photo facial?
You may wash your face the evening of your treatment using a gentle cleanser and warm water. Avoid using hot water to wash. Pat the skin dry. It can be beneficial to wash the face twice a day while cellular turnover is ongoing.
Patients should avoid exfoliating for at least one week after their photo facial. Exfoliating products like alpha-hydroxy acid, vitamin A/retinols, scrubs, and powered cleansing brushes should be avoided. Photo facial treatment can cause sun damaged areas and spots to darken and fall off. Exfoliating or picking these areas can lead to hypopigmentation, light spots on the skin.
What is the cost of this treatment?
As each individual has different needs requiring treatment, the costs for Photo Facial will vary. This can depend on the severity and area(s) we are treating.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in seeing how you can restore your skin to look more vibrant, contact our office today at 972.420.0023 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Lewisville and surrounding areas in Texas.