What Are Photofacial Treatments?
Have you started noticing small brown spots on your skin? If so, you're not alone. Many patients who have spent extended time in the sun are vulnerable to experiencing accelerated signs of premature aging on their face, hands and decollate. These sun spots are a form of skin damage, and they represent on of the most common skin concerns. Fortunately, there's a simple solution to improve your skin tone and restore a more youthful-looking complexion, a photofacial treatment.
Social 705's IPL face treatment is a simple, non-surgical way to effectively target pigment under the skin's surface to reduce the appearance of discoloration and premature aging. There is minimal discomfort and typically only some redness for about a day afterward. With an IPL photofacial, you can achieve noticeably brighter, clearer, and more youthful-looking skin. Each treatment also works on vascular marks, such as spider veins and capillaries. All it takes is a few quick trements, each of which lasts about 15 to 20 minutes and fits easily into your busy schedule or even on a lunch break.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Am I good candidate for this treatment? Will it work for me?
The best candidate is someone who has an uneven complexion with signs of discoloration or visible veins on their skin. Photofacial treatments may also work to improve the look of fine lines.
How many sessions will I need to see results?
Most patients receive 4-5 treatments per area. The exact number will depend on each individual person and the area being treated.
How often/far apart should the treatments be? Do I need to do anything to prepare for the treatment?
Treatments are done 3 weeks apart. Make sure your skin is clean. Do not apply lotions, creams, or makeup before your session, and stop using any products that might irritate your skin 2-3 days before. You must also avoid tanning, including with self-tanners. You may be advised to shave the area before your treatment. Remove all jewelry around the area being treated.
What does the treatment feel like?
The IPL treatment feels like a light snap or flick on the surface of the skin.
Will it be painful?
The applicator has a cooling feature built into it to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, but you might feel a bit of discomfort if you're treating a more sensitive area, like the upper lip. If you find it too uncomfortable, let our operator know and they can adjust the treatment accordingly.
How will I feel after the treatment? Is there any downtime?
Your skin may feel warm, like a sunburn, and can remain red for anywhere from a few hours to a day. Be sure to follow instructions for before and after your treatment.
There is no downtime. You can return to your daily schedule immediately after your treatment.
How long will the results last and are they permanent?
It really depends on how your skin reacts to the treatment and how you care for your skin afterward. For example, if you protect you skin from the sun, the results will last longer. We recommend one touch-up session every 3-6 months, depending on your skin response to the treatment.
Do I need to do anything after my treatment?
Avoid tanning for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your treatment, and wear sunscreen. You should also avoid hot baths, massages, or any treatment that requires direct contact with the skin for the first 2 days after your treatment.