Fotofacial (IPL Rejuvenation) / V-Beam Laser
What is Fotofacial IPL?
Fotofacial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL Fotofacials can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea and brown spots on the face, hands, and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
The IPL Fotofacial handpiece is gently pressed to the skin and painless pulses of light are emitted. Usually, 5 treatment sessions lasting about 20 minutes each will provide you with beautiful results.
There is no recuperation time – with an IPL Fotofacial you can return to work or resume your normal activities on the same day. You will notice a gradual, natural-looking improvement in your skin with time. IPL is a safe solution tailor-made to your skin type and condition.
How Does an IPL Fotofacial work?
Intense Pulsed Light therapy delivers a broad spectrum of light through a handpiece that is held against the skin. The light penetrates the epidermis into the dermis, the skin’s second layer. The IPL Fotofacial light is soaked up by the hemoglobin (red blood cells) and melanin (responsible for skin color) in the skin. The goal is to damage these areas. The damaged melanin in sun spots, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea breaks up and is then absorbed by the body. This decreases the appearance of these pigmentation issues. The damaged hemoglobin stimulates blood flow, which causes the broken-down melanin to be absorbed more efficiently.
Fotofacial Before and After
What Are IPL Fotofacials Used For?
We use IPL Fotofacials to treat skin blemishes and pigmentation problems. Specifically, here’s what IPL Fotofacials can treat:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Spider veins
- Broken capillaries
- Fine lines
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for an IPL Fotofacial?
IPL Fotofacials are non-invasive and easily tolerated. But patients can’t have been tanning prior to their procedure. This is because tanning makes the melanin in your skin react by darkening the skin. This is a defense mechanism against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. If your skin is darker, the IPL has a harder time differentiating between the tanned skin and the sun or age spots and other pigmentation areas.
What Can I Expect During My IPL Fotofacial?
To start your Fotofacial we apply a cool gel to your face and we give you dark glasses to protect your eyes from the light. Next, we take the IPL handpiece, which has a cold smooth surface and run it against your skin. As this is passing over your skin, the intense pulsed light is being delivered downward. You’ll feel a slight pricking sensation as each pulse occurs. When the procedure is finished, we apply moisturizer and give you a cold pack to prevent possible swelling. The procedure is not painful and takes just 20 minutes.
Are There Side Effects with an IPL Fotofacial?
After your treatment, redness is pretty common. This passes within a few hours. There may be mild swelling, as well. Your brown spots will darken, but this is normal as the spots are showing they absorbed the light and are on their way to breaking up. The risk of scarring, hyperpigmentation, and hypopigmentation occurring are rare.
What is Vbeam® Laser?
The Vbeam® pulse dye laser by Candela has been a gold standard laser treatment for vascular conditions for over 20 years. The laser has been improved through the years. The most versatile of the Vbeam lasers, the Perfecta treats a remarkable array of skin conditions, from red and brown discoloration to vascular and pigmented lesions to wrinkles and acne and beyond for dramatic skin rejuvenation. Treatment with the Vbeam Perfecta is fast, safe, effective and comfortable, thanks to a large spot size and a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™). Combined with Perfecta’s advanced micro-pulse technology, the DCD prevents post-treatment bruising and offers patients little to no downtime after treatment.
Benefits of Vbeam Laser
The full range of conditions Perfecta can treat includes:
- Areas of Redness
- Uneven Pigmentation
- Sun Spots
- Facial & Leg Veins
- Pigmented Lesions
- Port Wine Stains
- Scars and Stretch Marks
- Venous Lakes
- Benign Gynecological Vascular Lesions
- Other Benign Cutaneous Lesions
Vbeam Laser Before and After
How Does Vbeam Work?
Vbeam is a pulsed dye laser that uses a dye to generate different colors of laser beam energy. These are delivered in pulses through a handpiece. The color of light used is determined by the target. For blood vessels in the dermis, a yellow light is effective. The blood vessels absorb the light energy, which damages the vessel walls, causing them to collapse. The collapsed vessels are then absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. We can program the Vbeam to different light colors for different skin conditions, everything from red blotchy patches to dark spots.
What Happens During My Vbeam Treatment?
We place protective eyewear on before your treatment. The Vbeam has a built-in Integrated Dynamic Cooling Device that sprays a cold cryogen mist across the skin during the treatment. This eliminates any discomfort. You’ll feel a warm, tingling sensation as the handpiece is moved across the target area.
What Results Should I Expect with a Vbeam Treatment?
Vbeam is very effective for targeting large blood vessels and individual spots. It removes dilated blood vessels while leaving the surrounding skin intact. We commonly use the Vbeam laser to treat redness, rosacea, port wine stains, and birthmarks.
What Are the Side Effects of Vbeam Treatments?
Complications with the Vbeam pulsed dye laser are rare. Hyperpigmentation is unusual, but to minimize this risk it is important to avoid sun exposure after your treatment. Hypopigmentation is extremely rare. Generally, the Vbeam is easily tolerated by the vast majority of our patients.