Laser Photofacial is a Laser light treatment that aims at photorejuvenation of the skin. This treatment targets pigment issues, such as dark or brown spots, age spots, and red spots, to name a few. The bright light passes through the epidermis, breaking the pigment-producing cells and dispersing the pigment within them thereby getting rid of dark spots, age spots, etc. Laser photo facial can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back arms, legs and just about anywhere else. Photofacial is also an effective treatment for broken veins and spider veins.
Q. What does LASER Photofacial treat?
- Age Spots
- Sun Damage
- Spider Veins
- Rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels)
- Large Pores
- Pigment Imperfections
Q. How does LASER Photofacial work?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It is not exactly a laser but a powerful light which is filtered to select the desired wavelength, that has the ability to penetrate the skin. It penetrates deep into the skin causing the pigment-producing cells to shatter, collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, thereby, reducing redness, age spots, dark spots, and sun damage. The spots turn into a coffee-ground-like substance and flake off, leaving beautiful, radiant skin.
Q.Who is/is not a good candidate for LASER Photofacial?
Those with a higher Fitzpatrick, those with a tan and those with melasma are not good candidates. Because the light rays are attracted to pigment, darker skin patches can actually become discolored and melasma patches can become darker.
Q. How many LASER Photofacial treatments do I need?
For best results, we usually recommend 3-5 treatments at 4 weekly intervals.
Q. Where on the body can LASER Photofacial be done?
LASER Photofacial can be done on just about any body part. Most commonly treated areas in Asians are face, neck, and chest.
Q. Is LASER Photofacial painful?
Photofacial would not necessarily be called painful, but it can be uncomfortable. Patients liken the feeling to a rubber band snapping on their skin. The light from the Laser is also quite bright, which may be uncomfortable for some with light sensitivity.
Q. How long do LASER Photofacial results last?
Photofacial results perpetually improve over time, with best results being seen three months after the last treatment. Sun protection and skin care maintenance are essential to the longevity of the results. Dr. Amanjot would prescribe you a night cream and a sunscreen best suited for your skin so that the results last longer. A new series of treatments are recommended every year for optimal results.
Q. During the LASER Photofacial appointment
Your doctor will thoroughly cleanse your skin, after which your aesthetician will apply a cool gel to your skin, which enhances the effect of the light waves. The Laser is then moved over the skin in a grid-like pattern, flashing the light about every centimeter. Multiple passes of the IPL may be given depending upon one’s need.
Post LASERPhotofacial treatment
After the treatment, the aesthetician will again clean the skin, removing the gel. The skin may be slightly red but there is no major downtime. One must be very regular with sunscreen post IPL treatments for best results.
Contraindications/Risks/ Common concerns for LASERPhotofacial
Clients with melasma may experience a darkening in those areas and should not be treated. Those who have been on photosensitizing drugs like minocycline, isotretinoin, etc should not receive treatment until six months after the last dose.
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