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Foto Facial™ Intense Pulse Light / IPL Treatments

What is FotoFacial skin rejuvenation?

Photo rejuvenation is a non-ablative (does not damage the skin) skin rejuvenation technique that is delivered through a series of applications of intense pulsed light. The intense luminescent light is delivered to the interior layer of skin (dermis), leaving the exterior skin (epidermis) undamaged.

Who are the optimum candidates for FotoFacial Skin Rejuvenation Treatment?

Optimum candidates for the FotoFacial skin rejuvenation treatment are individuals who suffer from rosacea, sun damaged skin, natural progressive aging and active individuals who wish to get back to their everyday lives in minimal time and do not want to curtail outdoor activities post skin rejuvenation treatments.

What regions of the body may be treated with a FotoFacial Treatment?

The regions of the body that exhibit the best response to FotoFacial treatments are all areas of the face, neck and chest.

What type of light is utilized during a FotoFacial Treatment?

The FotoFacial treatment is conducted utilizing any one of three non-laser ESC medical IPL devices called the MultiLight, Quantum SR, and the VacuLight.

What is the difference between a laser light and an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

IPL is intense broadband light. Although the IPL delivers energy to both the epidermal surface skin and the deep tissues of the dermis, the epidermis is spared from damage. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time. IPL can smooth skin, remove freckles, age spots, melasma (brown splotching caused by hormonal changes of pregnancy) and visible blood vessels. IPL does not affect wrinkles.

How long does a FotoFacial Treatment take?

The FotoFacial procedure typically takes approximately 20-30 minutes as an outpatient procedure with little to no recovery time. Most patients resume their normal day-to-day activities immediately following the procedure.

What is a FotoFacial Treatment like?

The FotoFacial pre-treatment involves applying a cold gel to the treatment area and providing the patient (depending on the area to be treated) with protective eyewear. During treatment the physician applies the surface of the IPL hand piece to the skin.  Light from the IPL is delivered to the skin surface in pulses. A mild amount of discomfort can be expected from this procedure and some patients choose to have ELA-MAX anesthetic cream applied 20-30 minutes prior to the treatment.

What side effects are associated with a FotoFacial Treatment?

According to Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr. who pioneered the FotoFacial treatment, roughly half of all patients will experience some mild post exposure swelling, which resolves within approximately 24 hours and a small percentage of patients will have mild scabbing that resolves in 2-4 days. Dr. Bitter reports that he has not seen any major adverse effects resulting from FotoFacial treatments.

What are the advantages of a FotoFacial Treatment?

The advantages of FotoFacial treatments are:

•    Very little recovery time
•    Minimal pain
•    Large areas may be treated in a short period of time

What are the disadvantages of a FotoFacial Treatment?

Because the treatments are mild and non-damaging to the epidermal layer of the skin, several treatments may be required before maximum results may be obtained. Typically, 4-6 treatments are required in order to attain the desired effect. Side effects may include:

•    Transient redness
•    Increased or decreased pigment in the treated area

How much does a FotoFacial Treatment cost?

The cost of the treatment is variable in accordance to the FotoFacial treatment size. The average cost is $350-$600 per treatment, depending on the region of the body being treated.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By Anti-Aging Staff
Updated: November 20, 2008

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