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Photo facial rejuvenation

(aka “photofacial,” “foto facial,” or “fotofacial”) is a blanket term for any skin rejuvenation treatment that utilizes light-based (laser) technology. The two main types of technology used for photo facials are LED (light-emitting diode) and IPL (intense-pulsed light). These non-surgical skin treatments can be useful for reducing a number of unpleasant skin conditions, including:

1 - Wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
2 - Broken capillaries
3 - Vertical wrinkles around your mouth, such as those that cause lipstick "bleed"
4 - "Crow's feet" lines around your eyes and perhaps some skin laxity in your lower eyelid area
5 - Brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
6 - Certain precancerous skin growths
7 - Acne or chicken pox scars
8 - Superficial facial scars from a past injury

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 459,529 Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments performed in the U.S. in 2010. Statistics regarding the number of LED photo facial rejuvenation treatments performed were not readily available. Photofacials may be performed in a physician’s office, or in a medical spa environment; however, they should always be performed by a physician or licensed esthetician.

Cost of Photo Facial Rejuvenation

"The cost of photo facial rejuvenation

differs based on the type of treatment being administered."

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the cost of photo facial rejuvenation differs based on the type of treatment being administered. In 2010, the ASAPS reports the following average photofacial fees:

1 - Microdermabrasion $123
2 - IPL Laser Treatment $384
3 - Laser Skin Resurfacing - Nonablative $952
4 - Noninvasive Tightening $958
5 - Skin resurfacing $1,423
6 - Laser Skin Resurfacing - Ablative $2,232


Find a Photo Facial Rejuvenation Provider

While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to photofacials, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering this treatment, please consult a qualified provider. (To assist your search, use our physician locator).


How is photo facial rejuvenation performed?

There are numerous types of photofacials made available by physicians and estheticians, but an overview of the two main categories follows.

LED photo facial: This gentle treatment uses narrow spectrum light to boost collagen. If your reason for undergoing photofacial rejuvenation is to re-establish younger-looking skin, or perhaps to kill bacteria that cause acne, then stimulating collagen will achieve this objective. Your entire LED photo facial is likely to take place over a series of treatments; often, a series of six treatments over a period of two to three months.

IPL photo facial: An IPL photofacial is often the recommended treatment for brown spots, broken capillaries, spider veins, and facial redness. An IPL photo facial delivers a bright blast of light at very high energy levels through a hand-held device. Unlike LED photo facial rejuvenation, an IPL photo facial may burn or sting the skin (though many IPL lasers feature cooling devices). The number of treatments varies depending on the degree of a patient’s condition and the skin’s response to treatment.


Risks of Photo Facial Rejuvenation

"Photofacial rejuvenation

is generally a safe skin treatment."

Photofacial rejuvenation is generally a safe skin treatment. Most potential side effects are mild and temporary if they occur at all. Often, there is slight redness immediately following treatment, which lasts less than 24 hours for most patients. Mild blistering and bruising is possible in less than one percent of patients. For those with severely sun-damaged skin, facial swelling may occur. In a rare number of patients, increased or decreased pigmentation has been noted.


Who is not a good candidate for photo facial skin rejuvenation?

Photo facial rejuvenation has proven successful for countless individuals affected by the conditions listed above. However, if you are prone to keloids, hyper or hypo pigmentation, are dark-skinned, darkly tanned, or do not react well to burns you may not be a good candidate. Additionally, those who are insulin-dependent diabetics cannot undergo this treatment. You are also not a candidate if you have a blood clot-forming disorder (i.e. excessive bleeding). Photofacials are not safe for pregnant women.


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