A photofacial offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage. A photofacial is ideal for any part of your face, neck, and décolleté with skin redness, telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. Light (low contrast) brown spots, which were previously difficult to resolve, respond very well to treatment.
When the pulse of the light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. Treatment time depends on the area of the body being treated. However, most treatments should take less than one hour. Multiple treatments may be needed to see results, especially for excessively sun-damaged skin.
After treatment brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Makeup can be applied to cover the redness. Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.
It is important to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffuse redness. New brown spots, telangiectasia and diffuse redness may appear with new sun damage; however they too can be treated.
If you have any questions regarding photofacial, or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chopra, please call (310) 858-1787.