Photofacial / Photorejuvenation

Look younger, be happier and feel healthier with Photorejuvenation. This safe, non-invasive procedure is tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction. With photorejuvenation at Second Skin, you will improve facial skin imperfections including fine lines, wrinkles, rosacea, age spots and uneven pigmentation and vascular lesions, and small spider veins. It’s simple… photorejuvenation treatments result in consistent, visible improvement of the skin with no downtime, little discomfort, and minimal risk. Call us and get started on a younger looking you right away!

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) system is a safe, FDA approved technology to correct the appearance of damaged skin, leaving skin looking healthy and youthful. As we age, our skin is exposed to the harmful UV rays, smoke and other pollutants. Our skin undergoes a transformation; visible and invisible signs of aging appear. These signs of aging can now be addressed with an IPL photorejuvenation.

What is a Photofacial or Photo Rejuvenation?

IPL Laser Photo Rejuvenation is the perfect solution for many common skin imperfections and one of our most exciting anti-aging services. Photofacials produce evenly-toned skin that looks more youthful. The IPL Photofacial can erase skin damage and treat a variety of common skin conditions. Intense Pulse Light treatments give you the gradual, natural improvement for longer lasting results. This non invasive method reduces redness within the capillary walls and is beneficial for: chronic rosacea, reducing sun damage (solar keratosis), improving fine lines and wrinkles, and improving protein (collagen) synthesis, plumping up the skin for a more youthful look.

IPL Rejuvenation was also designed to combat the effects of aging and damaged skin in a softer, gentler way. Redness and rosacea can be reduced 80 to 90 percent. It can be used to treat the full face, neck, chest and even the hands.

Photofacial is a generic term for a skin treatment that uses light-based technology. Photofacials (also known as Foto Facial or Photo Facials) have a number of different uses, but are mostly used for treating brown spots, broken capillaries, and boosting collagen, which in turn causes skin tightening.

Having an IPL Photofacial treatment at Second Skin Medspa addresses a wide variety of skin conditions with little to no downtime immediately following the treatment. Many clients come at their lunch break, and return to work.

Some skin conditions we can address using our IPL laser Photofacial treatment include:

  • Sun damage (face, chest, shoulders)

  • Flushing or Rosacea

  • Skin tone and texture

  • Broken capillaries

  • Brown spots

  • Age spots

  • Dark circles around the eyes

  • Sun-induced freckles on the hands, chest, and face

  • Broken capillaries around the nose

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Large pores

Frequently asked questions about Photorejuvenation

What is a Photofacial and Photorejuvenation?

Photofacial or Photorejuvenation is the safe and reliable process of using a Intense Pulsed Light to treat facial redness and flushing from rosacea, as well as multiple symptoms of aging skin. Symptoms include fine lines, red blemishes, mottled coloration, broken blood vessels, pigment discoloration such as freckles and age spots, enlarged pores, coarse or rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and general sun damage. The result is a youthful, smooth and revitalized appearance.

What are treatments like?

The IPL hand-piece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. A treatment generally lasts about half an hour. Immediately following a treatment, the skin may appear red and flushed and tiny capillaries may appear more visible. But, this will give way to healthy, young-looking skin. After photorejuvenation you can return to work the very same day and resume all regular activities, there is absolutely NO DOWNTIME after this procedure. Brown spots or age spots will appear darker after the treatment, which means that we were successful in targeting the pigment, and you will notice the pigment rise to the top of the skin and naturally exfoliate off. The pigment that rises to the surface can appear as “coffee grinds”. This generally occurs on day 3-5 and it is important not to pick these pieces of pigment off – but rather to let them exfoliate off gradually.

What areas can be treated with Photorejuvenation?

Treatments can be applied on any part of the skin, but are especially effective in improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest and hands.

How soon will I see results?

After your first treatment, your skin will feel smoother and will have a more even tone. Best results are achieved after 4 to 6 treatments. Depending on the number of conditions you are treating and the severity of the individual problem. Some individuals may require the addition of a skin care product regime to achieve optimal results. You can return to work the very same day and resume all your regular activities immediately.

Who is a candidate for Photorejuvenation?

Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you are showing the signs of aging and sun damaged skin, you should consider Photorejuvenation to help you look as young and healthy as you feel. A brief consultation with our medical esthetician at Second Skin is the best way to find out. Whether you’re looking to improve the look of your face, arms, hands or chest, we are here to help.

What are the side effects of Photorejuvenation?

The appearance right after treatment is similar to what you will see after a good exercise workout. The flushing and redness will last from a few minutes to several hours after treatment. This will give way to healthy, young-looking skin. As well, you will notice dark spots, age spots or brown spots get darker after the treatment, which means that we were able to target the pigmentation. The pigmentation will rise to the surface of the skin and appear as “coffee grinds”, which naturally exfoliate off within a week. Burns and crusting, although rare, do happen occasionally, but heal quickly, with no evidence of the burn or scarring.

Is Photofacial permanent?

After completing the Photorejuvenation series, healthy new skin cells form, creating the new growth of healthy tissue. Once your desired results are achieved, approximately two to four maintenance treatments, depending on the patient, a year are recommended. Also, you are investing in your skin, so you need to take care of it. Applying sunscreen daily, moisturizing and exfoliating the skin 1-2 a week at minimum will help keep your skin smooth, healthy and youthful.

Does it work on broken capallaries?

Broken capillaries respond dramatically to Photorejuvenation. After your treatment, dilated or broken blood vessels decrease, gradually fade and slowly disappear. Results, of course, vary from client to client depending on the size of the vessel, location of the vessel, etc. Although you see results after every treatment, multiple treatments will lead to better results.

Does it work on acne scars?

We have a variety of treatments for acne and acne scars. Photofacials will help to plump up the skin to diminish acne scarring, however, a more intense treatment of chemcial peels, silkpeel and fraxel may be suggested depending on the size of the acne scars, the location of the acne scars and the results the client is wanting. Call us to discuss your options and attend a free consultation.

Does it minimize pore size?

After a series of treatments are completed, the patient will notice improvement in the skin texture and the appearance of enlarged pores. Adding a Silkpeel and Chemical Peel will help reduce the size of pores and correct skin tone and texture.

Can I tan during the treatment series?

Extreme sun exposure is not recommended. A patient who has casual sun may be treated. It is always advised to apply sun block to treatment areas to insure maximum results. Unfortunately, if the skin is extremely tanned, or sun burned, we will not be able to complete the treatment, and we would need to rebook it for at least 2-3 weeks. Rule of thumb is that you would avoid extreme sun two weeks before your treatment and two weeks after your treatment.

Can you treat other areas of the body besides the face?

Yes, many areas can be treated. The neck, chest, shoulders, forearms and hands are the most commonly treated.

What is the treatment like?

Patients describe the sensation as feeling like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. If you’ve had laser hair removal, the feeling is much the same. It is very tolerable, but pain varies from client to client depending on their pain threshold. We’ve completed hundreds of procedures, and we will work with you to complete the treatment, and make it feel as comfortable as possible.

When will I be able to return to my normal activities?

Patients experience NO DOWN TIME. However, some clients like to put ice on the treated area for a few minutes until the heat has subsided. This reduces redness and swelling. In most instances, normal activities can be resumed immediately. We do however recommend not to work out or do strenuous exercise after the procedure to avoid any complications.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends on the size, location, depth and color of the lesion, brown spots, age spot, acne or acne scarring, etc; the client’s skin type and the level of expected outcomes. Some clients report a visible change in 7-10 days. Strict sun protection, of course, is a necessary component in healthy skin care programs. The treatment protocols recommend a patient to undergo a four to six treatment regimen for maximum benefits.

Who should not have the procedure?

A Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation is not advisable for clients with connective tissue disease or autoimmune disorders. It is not advisable for pregnant women, nor is it safe for recently sun-tanned skin or in those who may receive excess sun exposure in the immediate weeks following treatment. It should not be performed on clients taking Accutane or for six months after stopping Accutane. The procedure is not usually performed on patients with active acne cysts, large pustules, or highly active Rosacea. Most photosensitive medications such as antibiotics, anti anxiety, sulfa drugs, birth control pills and anti-hypertensive medications are not a concern. In patients who get fever blister attacks (herpes) on the face, an anti-herpes medication should be taken prior to treatment. Because the photofacial targets pigment, people of color (skin type 6-7) are not advised to do this treatment for risk of burns and possible hypo pigmentation and scarring.

What is the price or pricing of having an IPL Photofacial treatment?

Pricing for this procedure varies on the area being treated, number of treatments, and type of results you are wanting.  Please visit our pricing page for details on single session treatments and packaged treatments.

I want the treatment, but I see a deal online, can you match that price?

You get what you pay for! We cannot lower our standards to meet the pricing of an online coupon or voucher or dealsite. Unfortunately, companies that advertise through Groupon, Teambuy, Ncrowd, etc, often are losing money on their deals, and thus must recoup as much money as possible through upselling, or giving a less than expected treatment – thus saving money or making money. Also, price should not be the main thing when you are wanting to do medical grade treatments on your skin or body. We’ve seen the results or lack there of from clients who have tried using online vouchers to save money on their treatments, however, they often have to spend more money to correct the treatment they did have. Ensure that you are going to a reputable company that have nurses and experienced medical estheticians doing the treatment, or you may fall victim to sub par treatments.