What Is a PhotoFacial? - Anti-Aging - iVillage Beauty Skin Clinic

What it is:

This 30-minute procedure, performed by trained medical professionals, uses a machine which emits intense pulses of light that penetrate to all levels of the skin, causing collagen and blood vessels under the top layer to constrict. The regimen calls for a series of five full-face light treatments at three-week intervals. Minor discomfort, described as similar to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin, may be felt during treatment. A topical cream can be applied prior to the treatment to eliminate most discomfort. Redness following the treatment lasts less than 24 hours for most people (in rare cases, no longer than three days). Facial swelling for three to five days occasionally occurs in persons with severely sun-damaged skin. Visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles occurs gradually, over the next few weeks after treatment.

 

Costs:

$1,500 to $2,000 for the series of treatments

 

Good for:

fine lines, particularly around the eyes and mouth, shallow acne scars, age spots, broken blood vessels, rosacea and sun damage. This procedure is thought to reduce large pores and dark circles around the eyes and is especially effective in subduing chronic facial redness. It also can be used to treat sun damage and weathered areas on the neck, arms and chest, as well as the back of hands.

 

Reality check:

The biggest advantage is no downtime (the skin may be a bit pink for a few hours after the treatment). However, the procedure will not get rid of deeper wrinkles or frown lines, especially on the forehead and between the brows, "icepick" acne scars and other deep scars.

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