Sun damage, sun spots, redness, and tiny dilated capillaries or broken blood vessels are common concerns for lots of women and men as we grow older. Photofacial treatments (also called IPL) are quick and effective treatments for these concerns, and have little to no associated downtime in addition to great results.
A gentler cousin of laser treatments, a photofacial (also called a “fotofacial,” IPL or intense pulsed light) is a treatment that addresses superficial brown and red colors in the skin–like sun spots, sun damage, background redness, and small dilated blood vessels that appear right under the skin’s surface. Photofacial treatments work well on women and men with lighter skin tones who are bothered by brown sun spots, and redness or red scars, and acne.
Photofacials or IPL facials are short, carry minimal discomfort and few risks, and boast very little or no downtime. Most of our patients return to their regular activities immediate after photofacial/ IPL treatments. Photofacials are a great addition to effective, medical-grade skincare for lots of our patients, especially those who busy lifestyles cannot afford the downtime of more aggressive CO2 laser treatments and chemical peels.
Confidence in their appearance helps our patients look and feel their best every day, and this feeling extends to our patients’ professional and personal lives. In addition to improved self-confidence, photofacial treatments brings:
As with any other treatment, a photofacial is an excellent treatment option for some patients. Best candidates are individuals who are:
Photofacial treatments carry minimal and short-lived discomfort. Most patients describe a sensation of a rubber band snapping against the treated skin, and say this sensation resolves in seconds. While the discomfort of photofacials is minimal and short-lived, some patients may feel anxious or nervous about treatment. We offer laughing gas (called ProNox) to help ease nerves during treatment.
Recovery after photofacial/ IPL treatment usually does not involve pain or discomfort; it is common to have very mild swelling that resolves in 1-2 days after treatment. Some patients may experience bruising, especially during treatments for redness or dilated or broken blood vessels; most bruising takes ~1 week to resolve, and may be covered with makeup during this time. Brown spots or sun spots treated with IPL frequently become darker, and look like coffee grounds sitting on the skin. These dark spots may take up to 7-10 days to flake off; they may be covered with makeup during one’s recovery.
Photofacial/ IPL risks include bruising, skin irritation, tenderness, swelling, and burns. We advise patients to share with us in detail all the medications and supplements they take. Blood-thinning medications like Aspirin and fish oil may increase the risk of bleeding with photofacial treatments. Certain antibiotics (like Doxycycline and Minocycline) are photosensitizing and should be avoided for 3-4 days before treatment to decrease the risk of burns.
Most commonly, photofacial treatments are considered a cosmetic procedure and are not typically covered by insurance. We do not contract with insurance plans at Aviva Plastic Surgery; and all treatments are self-pay at our practice.
We offer financing options for treatments in our practice. Please inquire with our staff about this at the time of your consultation.
Every patient has individually different anatomy and aesthetic goals; because of this, we encourage individuals interested in photofacial treatments to schedule a consultation with our expert staff to receive custom-tailored treatment recommendations and pricing information. On average, a photofacial treatment of the face or hands is priced at $350-400, and recommend 3-4 treatment sessions with annual maintenance treatments for best results.
Photofacial or IPL treatments are short procedures with minimal downtime. You should expect to be in our office for approximately 45-60 minutes for a photofacial treatment, though your appointment may last longer depending on how many areas you will have treated.
We ask that you arrive having reviewed your before and after Photofacial/ IPL Treatment Instructions, and with no makeup. If you do come with makeup, we ask that you cleanse the treated areas thoroughly before IPL treatment. Depending on the areas to be treated, we may ask you to remove clothing and change into a treatment going. Once the treated areas are clean and ready, we apply eye protection in the form of metallic glasses to help protect your eyes during treatment. We also place a thin layer of clear ultrasound gel to the to-be-treated areas, and then apply very short bursts of light energy via precise applicator to target the excess reds or browns on the treated skin. Treatment feels like tiny rubber bands snapping against the skin, and this sensation resolves in 1-2 seconds. After your photofacial treatment is completed, we remove the treatment gel and apply sunblock to the treated areas. You are then released from our office with post-treatment instructions and recommendations to schedule your next treatment in 4-6 weeks.
Dr. Inessa fishman and our staff are strongly invested in both excellent treatment results and an uncomplicated recovery for our patients. We work with you before and after your photofacial treatment to ensure that you are comfortable with the treatment plan and are thoroughly educated about the best before and after treatment care.
We recommend reviewing the Pre- and Post-Treatment Photofacial instructions several times prior to and after your treatment. We want to provide you with the information and tools you need to have an excellent treatment experience. Please contact our office should you have any questions or concerns about these instructions, your preparation for treatment, or post-treatment recovery. We are here to help!
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Our mission at Aviva Plastic Surgery is simple – help patients achieve greater confidence and their best health. By offering photofacial treatments in a welcoming, professional environment, we have helped many women and men feel more confident in their appearance and achieve their best skin health. To learn more about our skincare treatments, medical grade skincare programs, and our aesthetic treatments, call our clinic at 678-974-8435. We look forward to taking care of you!
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