Photofacials

Our state-of-the-art Photofacial treatments utilize Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Technology to improve and rejuvenate the skin and body. Dermatology and Laser of Alabama is proud to offer the Candela Elipse® IPL system for our Photofacial treatment. Using the newest generation of technology, this procedure emits controlled intense pulses of light to the upper layers of the skin while at the same time delivering beneficial thermal energy to the deeper layers.

Using the Intense Pulsed Light system, we can dramatically improve the look of sun-damaged skin, remove brown age spots (sun-induced freckles), pigmented lesions, and even out skin tone. These treatments are also appropriate for patients with the persistent redness and flushing of rosacea and other skin conditions. The end result of Photofacial treatments is smoother, healthier and younger-appearing skin. Additionally, Photofacial Treatments can be used in conjunction with chemical peels or microdermabrasion to enhance your results.

The gentle, non-ablative treatments use broad-spectrum light to treat the face, chest, neck and hands-virtually anywhere that sun damage shows. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.

How does the treatment work?

A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent hand piece and is gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the hand piece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging hem. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

What improvement will I see?

Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. After successive treatments, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even skin tone.

How many treatments will I need?

Photofacial is a 3-5 treatment program that dramatically eliminates signs of sun damage, aging, and rosacea, on the face and neck. Follow-up treatments may be desired one to two times a year to maintain results. Based on your skin, the amount of damage and your desired results, Dr Sawyer can work with you to craft a personalized treatment plan.

What are the requirements to having this procedure?

All patients must have a consultation prior to the procedure. Dr Sawyer will evaluate your skin condition and type to determine the best course of action. Pre-treatment, mid-treatment and post-treatment photos will be taken. IPL cannot be used if you are too tan.

What are the advantages of a Photofacial?

You can have glowing, smooth, blush-free skin with finer lines and more youthful-looking skin with NO substantial DOWNTIME from work or play. You can usually go to work the same day or the following day without the stares of friends and strangers. No procedure has ever been developed that can accomplish so much with such low risk and no downtime.

Photofacial treatments were developed for the active, busy patient for whom time and appearance are important.

Photofacial rejuvenation offers many benefits, including:

· Improve sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, large pores, sun damaged skin and early signs of aging
· Reduction of redness and flushing caused by rosacea
· Assurance of minimal discomfort during treatment
· Patients have the ability to resume regular activities immediately.
· Enjoy healthier, smoother skin with a more even tone

How will I look after treatment?

Patients post treatment will appear sunburned and freckles may darken for 3-5 days before flaking off.