Photo Facial Laser Phoenix
Introduction to Photo Facials
In Arizona, all people have one or more pigmented lesions. Some are caused by sun exposure, some simply appear by aging while others are born with them. Lesions can be flat or raised. But what are pigmented lesions? Briefly, they are spots on the skin where there is a higher concentration of melanin. In most cases, pigmented lesions are only a cosmetic concern. However, they should always be examined carefully as they can be an early sign of skin cancer. A photo facial is the best treatment for these concerns.
What photo facial laser do you use?
The Alma Harmony XL – DYE VL is North Valley Plastic Surgery’s laser of choice for treating pigmented and vascular lesions in our patients. For most of the benign pigmented lesions that are of a cosmetic concern, we feel that this is the best non-surgical option available.
What is a Photo Facial?
A Photo Facial is a Laser Treatment for Hyperpigmentation and Skin Resurfacing. A Photo Facial (also known as Photofacial and Fotofacial) is a skin treatment that reduces the appearance of: broken capillaries, enlarged pores, rosacea, Facial Spider Veins, sun damage, and sun spots. The device uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to target the blood vessels and pigment. Photo Facial will create tightness of the skin, as well as soften the texture.
Why would I want a photo facial?
It’s non-surgical, quick, and effective way to improve hyperpigmentation.
It targets only the melanin in the pigmented lesion or blood vessel so the rest of the skin is safe.
The most common areas treated with a photo facial are:
The most common conditions treated with a photo facial are:
- Port wine stains
- Vascular and pigmented lesions
- Venous malformation
How does the photo facial work?
The Dye-VL treatment is an accelerated Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) Photofacial that treats vascular and pigmented lesions on almost all skin types. It delivers optimal energy right to the blood vessels, closing them off and, as a result, drastically reducing and in some cases even removing the appearance of small veins from the skin. This Dye-VL treatment is a safe, targeted treatment with minimal downtime and is most commonly used on the body, face, and neck.
The DYE VL’s 500-600 nm wavelength is narrow band, allowing us to target only the melanin in the pigmented lesion or blood vessel.
The pigmented lesion is exposed to short pulses of visible light, which sharply raises the temperature in the highly concentrated melanin – just enough to shatter the cells containing the melanin. The body then replaces these cells with new cells generated by the surrounding untreated area.
What is the recovery from a photo facial?
The DYE VL module uses Alma Laser’s proprietary IN-Motion™ protocol that helps maximize patient comfort and minimize the risk of unwanted side effects. There is very little downtime after your treatment.
Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) differs slightly from the technology used for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). While IPL is more of a spiked wave, AFT is rather a flat wave. As a result, the likelihood of adverse side effects, which can occur with other pulsed light systems, is reduced.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Once the skin is cleansed, a light layer of gel is applied. The gel will be cool, and will allow the Fotofacial handpiece to glide across your skin. Laser goggles will be worn by you and the provider to block the specific wave link from the laser. The treatment will heat up the skin, while targeting skin discoloration and help remove the unwanted pigment.
What to Expect After a Photo Facial
Following Photo Facial treatment, your skin will be red. Sun spots will be darker and will naturally slough off or fade, within one to two weeks. Spider veins and broken capillaries can dissipate immediately during the treatment, or it can take up to two weeks for them to fade. Rosacea will be less apparent within one week following your Photo Facial treatments.
There is no downtime with Photofacial. It is important to wear sunscreen because one will be sensitive to the sun following the treatment. Exposure to the sun can cause new, unwanted pigment, and reverse the effects of the photo facial. Makeup can be worn the next day.
How often should I have a photo facial?
For optimal results, Photofacials are recommended four weeks apart. While you can see the first results following your first treatment, you will normally require three to five sessions with proper skin care to see the best results. Our licensed paramedical aestheticians here at North Valley Plastic Surgery will provide you with detailed information on how to employ the Fotofacial treatments to best suite your needs.
Does a photo facial hurt?
No, a photo facial should not hurt if you are prepared for the treatment properly. Some patients elect not to have numbing medication in which case it would be uncomfortable and hot. When you are having a treatment in our office, we like to apply some numbing medication to your skin, have you take Tylenol (or similar), and keep the area iced as much as possible. Keeping the treated area pain free after your treatment is also a concern for us and we give you detailed after care.
For more information about our Scottsdale Fotofacial, Photofacial, Photo Facial, or Facial spider veins please call one of our licensed paramedical aestheticians at 480-991-6877.