Photofacial is a unique procedure that utilizes intense pulses of light to penetrate deep into your skin. This causes the blood vessels and collagen that lie below the epidermis to constrict, resulting in reduced fine lines and redness. The treatment also reduces brown spots which are a form of sun damage. The treatment typically involves a handheld device which will be slowly moved over your treatment areas. It will deliver a hot, light pulse which feels a bit like a rubber band snapping on your treatment zones. What’s more, you will still notice the light pulse even with goggles on – it is that “snap”.
What I should I do as preparations before the treatment?
Prior to the treatment, you should avoid any direct exposure with the sun. Consider avoiding the sun for a full week before your procedure. You will also need to avoid using certain products that contain Differin, Tazorac, Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acid. You will also need to inform the types of medication you have been taking to your surgeon, to ensure that it does not affect your treatment. As this is not to be considered as a complete preparatory list, you should always consult with a licensed professional before beginning your treatments. It is pertinent that you take all necessary steps to ensure that your treatment ends with satisfactory and lasting results.
How painful is the treatment?
First and foremost, everything comes with a price and it is not painless. Think of it as a bikini wax and you will get a clearer picture. But it is something that is bearable nonetheless. Numbing cream is first applied to the area that needs to be treated to reduce the onset pain. You will be delighted to know that the whole treatment is not entirely a terrible process once you do it several times – you will get used to it! More often than not, your face will feel slightly tight and sunburn sensation. You are strongly advised to heavily moisturize after your procedure.
What are the side effects that I should be aware of?
Apart from the tightness you will experience, your face will begin to peel in approximately 24 hours, so stay calm and do no be alarmed. Usually, the peeling will start below your chin or the “goatee” area of men. After that, the peeling will spread across your face, chest, and neck. It is imperative that you allow the skin to peel off naturally and do not peel it yourself as it will result in scabbing. If you make that mistake, apply Aloe Vera gel to help heal and not leave a scar. If you must, use a cuticle scissors to remove the flake that is bothering you.
How to get lasting results
Same thing, it is best to avoid the sun seven days after your treatment. Hence, you will have to reschedule your trip to the beach when the time is not right. When you leave your house, bring along an umbrella, wear a hat and lather sunscreen on. Getting lasting results is all about sun avoidance and a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is good. Be sure to lather it on your face, neck, chest arms and hands.
This article was not written by Dr. Robert S. Fischer M.D and may not represent his views. To talk to Dr. Robert S. Fischer M.D. please contact the office directly.