What’s a photofacial? Is it a facial or is it a laser?

A photofacial is another name for an IPL (intense-pulsed light) treatment. It is an FDA-approved treatment that uses rapid flashes of intense light to target problematic areas on the face, neck, chest and hands. It’s a great way to even out your skin tone by eliminating and reducing the appearance of sun-spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation from years of sun-damage.

An IPL photofacial treatment series typically consists of several sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart for maximal improvement, although significant improvement is apparent after each treatment. A full-face treatment typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform. The rapid flashes of light are absorbed by the pigment within the skin, and over the course of 1-2 weeks this pigment “lifts” and comes to the skin surface. Once on the surface it will “slough” off with the old skin and disappear, leaving a more even skin tone. The treatments are easily tolerated, and require minimal downtime. Sun exposure should be limited after treatment for best results.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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