What is a Photofacial?

Thursday November 13th, 2014

One of the characteristics of gorgeous skin is a luxuriously even skin tone. But years of sun exposure and the aging process can often mar that tone with dark spots, broken capillaries and other conditions that make skin less than luxurious. A non-invasive procedure known as a photofacial can help restore a luxurious skin tone, and the procedure can be especially effective under the experienced and gentle touch of Dr. Lewis J. Obi.

What It Is

A photofacial, also called photo rejuvenation, is a skin resurfacing treatment that uses intense-pulsed light (IPL) to correct skin imperfections and produce a smooth, even skin tone. IPL photofacials can be especially helpful for boosting collagen levels and treating a wide range of conditions on the face and other bodily areas. These include:

  • Dark spots, brown blotches
  • Sun damage, overall redness
  • Rosacea
  • Surface veins, broken capillaries and dilated vessels
  • Discolorations caused by hemangiomas, poikiloderma and angiomas

IPL photofacial treatments can be used on the face, back, arms and most other areas of the body, with the exception of the area directly around the eyes.

How It Works

Dr. Obi performs IPL photofacials using a hand-held laser device that emits optimally filtered wavelengths of pulsed light to the affected areas. Our device boasts advanced dual-filter technology that delivers bright, high-energy blasts of light targeted at pigmented lesions and blood vessels. The targeted areas absorb the light and typically fade within a two-week period following the procedure.

The treatment begins by cleansing the area to be treated, applying a gel, and moving the device over the area to be treated. As the device is moved over your skin, you’ll feel a mild sensation and hear an audible tone when a pulse of light is emitted. The treatment ends by removing the gel and applying a sunscreen.

Photofacial Benefits

The procedure is relatively painless and performed in the comfort of our office. While treatment times vary depending on the level of corrections required, most sessions last about 30 to 45 minutes. Because our pulsed light system uses light that spreads over a wider area of skin than other types