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Photofacial Before and After: Online Guide What to Do
- Photofacial rejuvenation definition
- Difference between Photofacial and IPL
- Photofacial results: before and after treatment considerations
- Photofacial equipment
We are in a forever young society and growing old gracefully just doesn’t seem to be an option for some. With age, comes a number of skin related problems, from less elasticity to discolorations. One of the most popular and easy methods to address this issue is Photofacial treatment.
PhotoFacial is a form of non-invasive intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment offered by dermatologists for facial rejuvenation. Also referred to as Photorejuventation, Fotofacial or Photofacial rejuvenation, is the most often used to improve damaged skin. Photo Facial is also used for neck redness and flushing. Discoloration and damage to the skin may be difficult to diagnose as to the depth of the problem. Most Photofacial results have been positive and there are a lot of testimonials on-line that you can preview.
There is a difference between standard IPL and Photofacial, in the type of equipment used and the level of power. Photofacial equipment seems to have a much higher rate of permanent success over standard IPL.
Photofacial results have been seen on all types of skin problems: broken capillaries, sun and smoke damage, veins, mild acne scars, enlarged pores, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, pigmented freckles and age spots, red flushing skin, rosacea and redness, liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Here a few of the steps to consider for photofacial before and after:
Steps to take before Photofacial rejuvenation:
Locate an accredited doctor:
Your state should have a list of accredited doctors that perform the Photofacial treatment. Make sure that you ask to see the certification credentials from the physician’s office for the Photofacial equipment. This will ensure that they have been trained and did not just buy the machine.
Confirm that it’s in your budget:
Photofacial rejuvenation is considered cosmetic surgery and the procedure will probably not be covered by your medical insurance. Your first appointment will let you know how many of the 15-30 minute treatments you will need. Typically, it is five. This will also give you an idea of cost. Prices vary depending upon your state: $720 to $3,000; with $850 as an average.
Ask to see the equipment
There are a number of types of Photofacial equipment. Typically, they are small high tech hand-held devices. Seeing the equipment and how it is used will eliminate any fears that you might have.
Ask to see photofacial before and after photographs
Your physician is proud of the Photofacial results and should have your photofacial before and after photos for you to view.
What to do and expect after Photofacial rejuvenation:
Skin sensitivity and color changes
You should expect skin sensitivity and some reddening of the treated area. The skin may also be blotchy and lighten/darken in a non-uniform way. The areas of treatment should begin fading lightly within the first few days to a week. Photofacial before and after photos should help you determine a difference in color.
Normal skin regiment
After any treatment, you should follow your home care instructions, avoid any harsh skin cleansers and always use sunscreen.
Follow up visit:
Your physician will schedule you for follow up visits and any additional treatments that you will need.
Talk to your doctor:
See immediate assistance from your doctor if you have any additional sensitivity, discolorations, blisters or problems.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Facial Skin Care9 Nov 2009|