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What Does Photofacial Treat?

Photofacials administered at our Los Angeles clinics treat various skin conditions, as well as patients’ cosmetic concerns. Thousands of women and men are looking for non-invasive ways to help keep their skin glowing and healthy. Therefore, photofacial treatments have increasingly become the go-to treatment for individuals impacted by rosacea or sun damage. But that’s not all. Photofacials also treat people who are dealing with:

  • Spider veins
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Large pores
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Freckles
  • Acne scars

Our LA photofacials may also be used for other dermatological concerns, given recent advances in technology. Your BHSkin dermatologist can tell you if this is the best treatment for your unique circumstances.

Four Amazing Benefits of Photofacial

There are many positives associated with photofacial treatments. These four benefits help explain the uptick in the number of patients in the Los Angeles area who are looking for photofacial treatment options.

#1 No or Limited Side Effects

Who doesn’t love a great skincare treatment with little to no side effects? Photofacials often result in only a fraction of the redness and discomfort caused by other techniques. You might have a sunburned look for a few hours but individual results will vary. Overall, most patients have no or limited side effects of the treatment.

#2 Long-lasting Results

Do you want excellent results that get better with time? A photofacial might be your best bet. Multiple treatments can maximize your results and improve the skin you’re in. With proper skincare maintenance, like exfoliation and sunscreen, your results could last a year or more. Your BHSkin Dermatologist will discuss the number of treatments needed to meet your cosmetic goals.

#3 Quick and Convenient

Photofacials with a skilled provider often take only 30 minutes to complete. You can easily fit a photofacial session into your busy scheduling without anyone having to know. Book a virtual consultation to see if photofacial treatments are the right treatment option for you.

#4 Limited Recovery Time

Most patients experience only minor discomfort from a photofacial. This means that the photofacial recovery time is short and you can quickly return to your job and resume normal daily activities.

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How Does a Photofacial Work?

During Photofacial, the medical provider will identify the problem areas of the skin that the IPL laser will be used on. The lights will be focused on these areas and will penetrate (in a non-painful manner), the outer layer of the patient’s skin, the epidermis. The light therapy will generally be targeted at heavily pigmented areas, such as brown spots, and the light will break up the pigments. The broken-down pigments will then be dispersed and absorbed into the patient’s body, resulting in smooth and blemish-free skin.

An additional benefit of a photofacial is that it encourages the body to produce more collagen. This collagen will then fill in fine lines and wrinkles, helping create a significantly more youthful appearance.

Most patients will have more than one photofacial treatment. The benefits become more obvious as the number of treatments increases.

What to Expect Before, During and After the Treatment

Before your photofacial treatment, you'll want to avoid the sun as much as possible. Your dermatologist may suggest a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to prepare your skin for the best possible results. We'll assess your skin type during your consultation to determine if this is the best method for you. Photofacials are not ideal for all skin types and tones.

During The Treatment

During a photofacial treatment, a patient will be provided with protective glasses to keep their eyes from the bright flashes of light from the IPL laser. Your dermatologist may apply a cool gel to the treatment area. This gel improves lubrication and also minimizes the redness that you could experience after the treatment.

After The Treatment

Generally, a patient who receives Photofacial will be able to resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. The side effects are almost always minimal. Some patients, however, may experience some redness or bruising after the treatment, and there may be some discomfort depending on the area that was treated. Ideally, after treatment, the patient will see a significant improvement in the problem that brought them to their dermatologist.

Are There Any Serious Side Effects?

The one serious side effect that a patient should watch for is a redness of the skin. However, these skin infections are an extremely unusual complication and generally are only seen in patients with an underlying immune system problem. Because of this, most reputable medical providers in the LA area will not provide photofacial treatments to these patients or those with Type 2 Diabetes.


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