IPL Fotofacial Laser Skin Resurfacing is truly an age-reversing process. Skin damage from the sun, alcohol, tobacco, gravity or the natural aging process can be treated in office. The intense pulse light, photo rejuvenating therapy can reduce the signs of by increasing collagen production to help reduce wrinkles, crow’s feet, age spots, sun damage, rosacea and more. It is a medically non-invasive, no down time, procedure performed in about one hour that can restore your youthful appearance. In conjunction with custom pre-procedure and post-procedure skin care regimens, optimal, long lasting results are insured.
How does it work
It uses radiofrequency energy to heat the tissue below the skin while it keeps the skin surface cool. This “tightens” your existing collagen and stimulates new collagen growth. The end result is tighter, firmer skin. The length of time required for the procedure itself will depend on the size of the treatment area. The usual range is between 30 minutes to one hour. While the procedure should not hurt, you may experience a pinging sensation in the treated areas. Patients leave the office looking and feeling great. There are no restrictions in activity following the procedure.
Does skin color affect the outcome?
Unlike laser procedures, radiofrequency energy is unaffected by skin pigment. All skin colors can be safely and effectively treated.
Can this be combined with other treatments?
Fotofacial can be combined with ALA (Aminolevulanic acid) for acne scars and unsightly superficial blood vessels and actinic keratosis. Microdermabrasion has been combined as well as Botox and Fillers for resolution of dynamic wrinkles caused by the muscles in the face.
What results can I expect?
Results will vary from patient to patient, and your age, treatment area and skin laxity can all affect the outcome. While some patients have seen improvement within a few days, you should expect your results to appear over a period of three to 8 months. We will take pictures before and after your procedure so you can see the benefits of your treatment over time.
When can I go back to work?
Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. Occasionally patients experience a brief redness that fades within a few hours. Our staff saw patients immediately after their own treatments.
Does it replace the traditional facelift and resurfacing?
It will not replace ablative laser resurfacing or traditional facelift for or all signs of aging. For example, Botox and skin resurfacing is recommended to treat more deeply wrinkled, sun damaged skin and a neck lift may be indicated for skin laxity and bands in the neck. The best treatment for your desired outcome can be decided on in a consultation.
How safe is it?
It is extremely safe. There are very rare adverse effects, which we will be happy to review with you at your consultation.
Do I need special preparation?
There is no need to interrupt your usual routine. You may take your usual medications before, during and after the procedure.
Is this treatment for everyone?
Because radiofrequency is used in these treatments, patients with heart pacemakers are advised not to undergo this facelift procedures. The radiofrequency may interfere with the heart pacemaker device.
Where on the face is it applied?
Tightening skin in key areas can be advantageous for cosmetic improvement. Treating the forehead can lift the eye brows and enhance the appearance of the eyes, making the eyes look more open, less tired and more alert. Other areas such as the skin of the cheeks and under chin areas can also be treated to reduce the sagginess that produces deep folds with aging. Multiple other sites are being tested.
Is it painful?
Each time the machine is fired there is a sensation of heat in the area. A cooling device makes this quite tolerable. Fortunately, this pinging sensation lasts only fractions of a second and is followed by a cold sensation, which also helps minimize the discomfort.
When can I return to normal activities?
Immediately. There is typically no down time. Minimal redness is seen in some patients, but it usually disappears within an hour. There is usually no swelling, bruising or pain afterwards. There is usually no special care needed except religious use of Sun Block.
How long will the effects last?
Because of the aging process, skin laxity will naturally increase again with time. However, results from the treatment do not suddenly disappear in one day.