Photofacials use a series of
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or
Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) treatments,
either with or without aminolevulinic
acid (ALA). The light is absorbed
by various structures in the skin
responsible for unwanted blemishes.
More even tone and smoother skin
are seen with just a few treatments.
The procedure is quick, tolerable
and causes no long-term damage
to the skin.
Prior to beginning a photofacial,
the skin is thoroughly cleaned
and prepared. The pulses of light
are then applied directly to the
specific areas that need improvement.
The process takes anywhere from
fifteen to forty-five minutes
depending on the size of the area
to be treated as well as the desired
A topical anesthetic cream can
be applied to the skin prior to
the procedure. After the treatment
is complete, normal daily activities
can be resumed immediately.
Individual results vary from
patient to patient, but results
can be seen in as few as two or
three treatments. Most patients
require about five treatments
to see significant improvement.
Photofacials are very safe and
side effects are rare. Exposure
to the sun should be avoided several
weeks before and after treatment.