What is FotoFacial™
FotoFacial™ is a series of Intense Pulsed Light treatments that improve the appearance of Rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines. This exciting treatment involves “no down time”. You can resume normal activities immediately.
How does the treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the
treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates
through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated
vessels or pigmentation. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion,
and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will
darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body.
Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.
How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, a series of 5 treatments are recommended.
Some patients see significant improvement in 2 to 3 treatments;
others require more. Maintenance treatments may be
recommended to maintain results.
What are the benefits of FotoFacial™?
- All patients observe smoother skin with visible improvement in irregular pigmentation, fine wrinkles and pore size.
- Flushing, redness and symptoms of rosacea improve on average more than seventy-five percent following treatments.
- Each treatment takes twenty minutes, requires no anesthesia, and patients are able to return to full activities immediately after treatments.
- Minimal discomfort during treatment.
- 24 hours post treatment no activities that break a sweat.
What is a treatment like?
Treatment may vary from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. First, the treated area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a snap of a rubber band. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sunscreen is applied. Pain is minimal; however, topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied following treatment.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.
What improvement will I see?
Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation, pore size, and fine lines. After each treatment, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone.
FotoFacial™ in treating Rosacea
As many as seventy-million Americans have undesirable redness and/or sun damaged skin. Sun exposure, alcohol, medications, stress, and aging are common causes of Rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness and flushing skin. FotoFacial™ treatments control flushing and, in many cases, reduces the need for topical cortisone creams and antibiotics.