Photofacial is a popular term for a series of treatments to rejuvenate aging or sun-damaged skin.
This treatment reduces redness, unwanted blood vessels, brown spots, fine lines, uneven tone, and pore size of the face, neck, chest, and hands (as well as arms, legs, and back). Patients can resume normal activities immediately after each treatment. Five treatments are typically suggested spaced one month apart.
More recent technologies for photofacials combine IPL with radiofrequency. Radiofrequency (RF) technology enables us to monitor the temperature of the skin during treatment, making more consistent results and increasing safety. RF also stimulates the formation of new collagen, a skin protein that helps to tighten your skin.
Photorejuvenation with the eLight is a “non-ablative” procedure; it does not burn the skin. Other nonablative devices include the pulsed dye (VBeam) and Genesis, which are more focused on vascular lesion (redness and blood vessels) only. The VBeam is used to treat rosacea and dilated blood vessels while the Genesis is preferred to improve skin tone in dark-skinned patients. The Q switched laser works well on brown spots.
For enhanced results, add on a DiamondGlow™ treatment for $95 (single tx costs $175) to remove the stratum corneum to allow for more light to penetrate into the skin.