Is Your Skin Showing Signs of Damage? Look to the FotoFacial for Help!

Acne and acne scarring. Enlarged pores. Broken capillaries. Sunspots and a generally ruddy complexion. These are just a few of the problems that adults begin to notice at some point. They may seem like minor nuisances and a normal part of aging, but these cosmetic problems make the skin look unhealthy. Now, in the midst of the winter season, it is a great time to address them with a series of FotoFacialTM treatments.

What Exactly is a FotoFacial?

Our FotoFacial treatment is a type of photo facial, or IPL procedure. IPL is intense pulsed light, a process that works by filtering various wavelengths of light to target specific aspects of the skin. IPL penetrates the epidermis to incur controlled “injury” to the dermis. The dermis is the layer of skin that sits just below the epidermis, the layer of skin that we see. The targeting of cells in the dermis stimulates regeneration through increased collagen and elastin fiber production. As you may know, collagen and elastin are two of the most critical substances for healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Just Another Laser?

Intense pulsed light treatment is similar to laser but not the same exact thing. Laser devices deliver an intense beam of light energy to the skin. IPL targets tissue with high-intensity pulses of broad-spectrum light. Multiple wavelengths address multiple conditions simultaneously but also more gently than the average laser treatment. Because of this, patients enjoy a boost in their skin without necessary downtime or dramatic side effects like blistering and peeling. Conversely, however, patients may not achieve their desired result after just one session.

After the FotoFacial

Following a FotoFacial, slight redness and swelling may occur. Most of the time, these are short-lived and barely noticeable. Patients undergoing treatment to correct sun damage and spots will likely notice that discoloration darkens after the procedure. People with generally clear skin may notice effects such as an acne breakout or discolored spots appearing. These are coming up from the damaged dermis to be released. Within a few days, the spots flake off.

To promote optimal results after a FotoFacial, patients should:

  • Keep the skin well-moisturized with a gentle product.
  • Gently cleanse the skin twice a day.
  • Wear sunscreen consistently. SPF 30, broad-spectrum sunscreen is best.
  • Undergo the recommended number of treatments.

Brighten up your skin this season. Call 713.271.9000 to schedule your FotoFacial treatment in our Houston, Cypress, or Sugar Land office.

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