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In The San Francisco Bay Area

FotoFacial/IPL Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in skin rejuvenation treatments like the FotoFacial.

What is FotoFacial/IPL?

Many adults will experience a variety of noticeable changes in their skin as they get older. Sun damage, pigmentation, age spots, dilated blood vessels– these are all skin conditions that can negatively affect our self-esteem and make us look older than we really are.

If you’ve been looking for a non-invasive way to even out your skin tone by reducing the appearance of red and brown spots, a FotoFacial (IPL treatment) may be right for you.

A FotoFacial uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to improve your skin’s overall appearance. Because it’s non-invasive, has no downtime, and yields substantial results, this is the most popular skin rejuvenation treatment at our practice. And although it is often called a “FotoFacial,” this treatment can be used to rejuvenate other parts of the body like the neck, chest, arms, and hands.

A FotoFacial is also an effective treatment for calming rosacea.

Sun damaged areas of skin, unwanted freckles, and dilated blood vessels can all be treated effectively with IPL. Surface areas of damaged skin will dry and flake off to expose healthy, new skin. Treatments also work below the skin’s surface to tighten tissue and stimulate collagen.

What are some expectations with a FotoFacial?

You can expect the following when it comes to FotoFacial treatment:

  • Our team will work with you on your individualized treatment plan during your initial skin consultation and recommend the number of treatments needed and any products to use in your home skincare routine between treatments  (this will optimize results)
  • Multiple treatment sessions are usually recommended every 3-6 weeks until your desired results are achieved; touch ups are recommended once a year to maintain results
  • Before the treatment, skin is cleansed and a topical numbing cream is applied to ensure you’re completely comfortable during the procedure
  • Our handheld IPL device is is gently applied to the surface of your skin where the light energy pulses heat the upper layers of your skinMost patients only report feeling a gentle zapping sensation during the treatment
  • The length of the procedure depends on the size of your treatment area, but usually lasts 10-30 minutes

Following each treatment, your sun spots will turn dark and flake off naturally over a few days. We recommend keeping treated skin clean and moisturized and we will teach you how to protect your skin after treatment.

It’s important to protect your skin from the sun following each treatment as well as use products designed for sensitive skin until you are healed. You will need to avoid prolonged sun exposure during the course of your treatment schedule. A high-SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended when outside.

Immediately following treatment, you can expect to see mild redness, and it may feel like a sunburn in the treated area. This should only last a few hours, but in some cases, up to a day or two. You’ll often start to see results a few days after treatment, but the full improvement will be seen 2 weeks after.

This procedure is known to restore your skin to its natural beauty.  Discoloration or splotches will fade to reveal vibrant, more youthful skin. Prominent blood vessels or red spots will be improved, if not eliminated, in the treatment area.

Each patient’s results are unique to their individual skin conditions, but many people experience a 50-70% improvement in the appearance of the treated areas after the full course of treatment. Fotofacial is one of the most popular skin rejuvenation treatments because of the great results people see and the fact that there is no downtime from work and social events.

Our team will review any pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions during your initial consultation. During treatment, you will be walked through each step of the treatment process to ensure your comfort. 

Our Philosophy

“Our practice philosophy is simple — to deliver the very best care we can in the very best way we can. To us, that means we make each and every patient feel welcomed from the moment that they walk in the door until they leave the office. It means that we listen to what the patient has to say and address those concerns. It means we give advice and recommend treatments based on our extensive training with leaders in the field, our wealth of personal experience, and our commitment to excellence. For our cosmetic patients, it means working with the patient to achieve results that look natural, not overdone or exaggerated. It means that we always strive to do the right thing for the patient, as we value very highly ethics, honesty, and integrity. It means we stand behind what we do and will do everything in our power to get the best results we can for the patient. It means we carefully select the highest quality staff to represent us and help us carry out these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it means that we treat the patient the way we would want ourselves to be treated, with respect and kindness. Because at the end of the day, without all of our loyal patients, we wouldn’t have a practice.”

Extremely caring

"He saved my life! Literally! I've been seeing Dr. Potozkin for over 20 years and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my skin. I had melanoma 20 years ago and he took care of me and just recently I had it again. And might have more, but I'm waiting on the results. But if I do, I am confident that Dr Potozkin and his highly trained staff will take care of me. He is the best in his field. Everyone on his staff is so caring and helpful. I feel so comfortable when I'm there. So please, if you have any skin concerns, make an appointment, don't delay, your life may depend on it."

Diane D.
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Friendly & ThoughtFul

"Dr. Potozkin is an amiable, thoughtful provider.  His expertise is evidenced by his ability to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment or options to address the issue at hand.  His staff is always welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes for an overall great experience at each visit.  I highly recommend POTOZKIN MD Skincare Center if you are seeking an outstanding specialist and staff."

Marian O.
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Efficient & Professional

"Dr. Potozkin and his team are the best! My skin issues/problems have drastically improved since I have been coming to this Doctor-over 5, maybe even 10 years. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The office is a flagship store that sells my favorite skin repair and healing products- by SkinCeuticals. I don’t live near this office, but I would never go anywhere else even if it’s closer. Absolutely worth the trip. The results are real!"

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be a SkinCeuticals Flagship location?
As a Flagship center, we carry the complete range of SkinCeuticals products and treatments. When you visit our practice, you gain access to proven skincare solutions and personalized guidance from our expert skin care specialists, ensuring that you receive the most effective and suitable treatments based on your unique needs.

What sets SkinCeuticals apart from other skincare brands?SkinCeuticals stands apart through its scientific approach, integrating research from product inception to formulation packaging. Each product undergoes rigorous medical-grade clinical testing, a testament that distinctly differentiates SkinCeuticals from other cosmeceutical brands.How do I determine which SkinCeuticals products are best for my skin type?Leverage the expertise of our skilled skincare specialists at PotozkinMD to assess your unique skin and requirements. They'll seamlessly recommend the ideal SkinCeuticals products tailored specifically for you.Are SkinCeuticals products suitable for sensitive skin?
SkinCeuticals offers advanced skincare solutions designed for sensitive skin. Our skincare specialists can evaluate your skin and recommend products that are meticulously formulated to calm, soothe, and minimize signs of sensitivity, including the appearance of skin redness.

What role do antioxidants play in SkinCeuticals products?
Antioxidants are the foundation of SkinCeuticals products. Each antioxidant serum offers sophisticated environmental protection, backed by clinical evidence that showcases its ability to enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and foster a naturally balanced skin tone.

Can I combine multiple SkinCeuticals products in my skincare routine?
Absolutely. Discover your foundational regimen during your consultation with one of our skincare specialists. Our team works with you to develop a customized skincare regimen tailored to your needs and goals.

What benefits can I expect from using SkinCeuticals vitamin C products?
SkinCeuticals’ renowned vitamin C products contain powerful ingredients that have been clinically proven to neutralize free radicals, protect against oxidative stress, and offer visible anti-aging benefits.

Do SkinCeuticals products address specific skincare concerns like aging or pigmentation?
We carry the complete SkinCeuticals line, including glycolic acid formulas available in cleansers, serums, toners, or creams. With an array of products, we can tailor a plan that addresses fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, uneven skin tone and texture, and many other specific skin concerns.

Can SkinCeuticals products be used in conjunction with treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion?
SkinCeuticals products are specially formulated to complement cosmetic procedures, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, and injectables, to protect your skin post-treatment and enhance your results.

Are there any precautions I should take while using SkinCeuticals products?
Consulting with one of our skincare specialists before investing in new skincare products is the best precaution you can take to ensure optimal results and compatibility with your unique skin needs.

How long does it typically take to see results from using SkinCeuticals products?
Consistent use is essential to see results from medical-grade skincare products like SkinCeuticals. Many patients see visible improvements within 4-12 weeks, depending on the specific products used and individual skin conditions.

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