Many patients see results after the first treatment. Most Photofacial skin renewal patients, depending on the treatment area size, will need to schedule multiple treatments to obtain the results they are looking for. Treatments are scheduled several weeks apart and can be performed in 15 to 30 minutes each.
Most patients describe the process like a rubber band snapping against your skin. The discomfort level is relatively low, and topical anesthetics can be applied to the treatment area if requested.
Minimal side effects may occur. The skin may have temporary redness, slight swelling or increased sensitivity. This can be easily covered up by makeup or bronzer. There is no down time involved, so patients can return to work immediately. Once the redness fades away, skin will start to appear younger, more refreshed and smoother. Depending on your provider’s treatment instructions, it is recommended that most patients stay away from any harsh cleansers, wear sunscreen and practice good skin care habits. Speak with your provider to address any concerns or questions you may have.
Results may vary, but as long as a patient practices healthy skin care routines, the results can be long lasting. Your provider will discuss the number of treatments you will need to achieve the results you desire. Future touch-up IPL procedures may be needed years later as the patient ages.