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Understanding Photofacials

Wondering how you can improve your skin tone quickly, and consistently without expensive and tedious skin care regimens? 

A photofacial could be the answer to your problems. It’s a versatile treatment used for photorejuvenation and it can do wonders for your skin such as:

  • Help decrease visible sun damage. brown spots.
  • Improve uneven skin tone.
  • Reduce blemishes and reduce active acne. 

Photofacials can also stimulate collagen production and help you stay ahead of the effects of aging (like wrinkles and fine lines).

How it Works

An photofacial is a light treatment that uses an FDA-approved device to deliver an arc of light energy that penetrates all levels of the skin. This procedure can be performed quickly, comfortably, and affordably. 

The procedure doesn’t harm the epidermis (surface of the skin). This means that you can expect to be up and running the same day. few days. However, to see optimal results and to maintain your skin at it's best condition, most people need more than one photofacial. Severe cases might need up to six treatments (performed four to six weeks apart). 

Benefits of Photofacials

Compared to other light-based and laser procedures, photofacials are significantly less risky, more efficient, and much less expensive. And did we mention the fast recovery time? You usually can return to your routine immediately after your treatment. The only downside is that you might need more than one session to get the best results. But the numerous benefits of photofacial treatments are worth the multiple trips to Peach Skin & Laser:

  • Photofacials treat uneven skin and help get rid of sun damage. 
  • The treatment bypasses the epidermis without causing damage, cutting down on recovery time.
  • An photofacial can reduce blushing and pesky active acne breakouts. 

How to Prepare for your First Photofacial

For up to two weeks before your first photofacial, avoid exposing your skin to any agents that might cause damage or irritation. This means:

  • No tanning
  • No waxing
  • No chemical peels
  • No topical creams with retinol or glycolic acid
  • No excessive sun exposure

What to Expect During your Treatment

When you first call or visit us to request a photofacial, your provider will check if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Your aesthetician will then cleanse your skin and apply an ultrasound gel to make the treatment more efficient. This gel serves to:

  • Protect your skin
  • Allow the laser to smoothly glide over the skin
  • Reduce reflection of the photofacial waves from the skin

Both you and your provider will wear protective eyewear before you begin the treatment.

During the treatment, the specialist holds the handpiece of the photofacial device and moves it against your skin, emitting light pulses with the trigger of a button.

Some of our patients have compared the sensation to the snapping of rubber bands.

After covering the treatment area, your provider will remove the gel and may apply sunscreen.

You can also apply make-up or moisturizer to the area immediately after treatment.

An photofacial typically lasts between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.


Photofacial Post Care

There's little to no downtime after a photofacial. However, your skin still needs to stay hydrated and protected. You may notice minor redness on the treated area for the first few hours (or the rest of the day) after your treatment. This is completely normal and shouldn’t stop you from going back to your regular activities or work. However, consider skipping exercise for a few days to prevent further swelling (which can slow the healing process). Here are more post-care tips after an photofacial:

  • If you have visible superficial sun damage, you may to see these areas rise to the surface of your skin within a week of treatment. The brown, freckled areas can look like little coffee grounds or pepper flakes and will usually fall off a few days to a week after showing up.
  • Your skin will feel sunburned and hypersensitive for a few days following the procedure. Treat your skin gently until you’re fully healed. Only use mild skincare products and gentle cleansers; avoid abrasive products like scrubs.
  • Your skin will be more vulnerable to sun damage after a photofacial treatment. Avoid sun exposure and use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater on the treatment area at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

It may take three to four treatments to see significant results, especially when treating severe sun damage. To stay ahead of your skin game, we recommend coming in for a photofacial every 8 weeks. 

To maintain the benefits of your photofacial treatment, you’ll likely need follow-up maintenance sessions regularly.

While this procedure can make your skin look better, it can’t stop you from aging in the future. This is especially true for candidates with freckles. With that being said, photofacials can still help you achieve significant improvement. 

While photofacials are extremely safe, some complications are likely to occur such as:

  • Blistering
  • Bruising
  • Changes in skin color
  • Increased melasma
  • Infection

We caution all our patients to stay conservative with treatment parameters to avoid these complications.

Yes. Photofacials are an effective way to improve and maintain your skin. However, you may need multiple rounds of treatment before you see significant results. If you have more questions about photofacial treatments, contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.

If you have any questions, please contact us.