WHAT IS A PHOTOFACIAL?
If you've noticed dark spots, age spots, or any other signs of hyperpigmentation throughout your complexion, you may benefit from a photofacial. Utilizing light-based energy to gently heat the skin, a photofacial at Symphony Medical Spa works over several sessions to even out your skin tone and minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. There are different types of photofacials you could receive, including IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy or more mild options using the Icon™ device by Cynosure®. To find out what type of photofacial is right for your needs and goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolyn Forbes at her premier office in Tooele, UT.
PHOTOFACIAL VS. IPL
A photofacial is a type of skin rejuvenation treatment that utilizes light energy to target areas of hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, sun spots, freckles, dark spots, and more, throughout the face and skin. With our team's Icon device, we are able to stimulate the production of collagen in your cells, which gently resurface over time to reveal a more even skin tone. Depending on the starting condition of your skin, you may need several treatments to see the full results you want. IPL is another type of photofacial that is performed at our office in Tooele, UT. Whether you qualify for IPL or a traditional photofacial will be determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Forbes.
How much does a photofacial cost?
Your complexion issues are unique, so the cost of a photofacial will depend on your unique goals. Symphony Medical Spa offers special deals sometimes, and we accept several payment methods. In your initial consultation, we can help estimate costs and determine how many sessions are needed to fit your needs and goals.
How quick are the results from a photofacial?
Some results can be seen after each photofacial treatment, but final results can be seen around one month after all of your treatments are complete. It’s common for you to see different responses following every treatment. You should see fading of blotchiness, redness, and spots (age, brown, and sun) over time.
What are the possible side effects of a photofacial?
It's common to experience mild side effects like temporary mild swelling, redness, blisters, crusting, or bruising. These typically go away on their own in a few days. You will be extra sensitive to the sun, and you should keep in mind that damaging UV rays will negatively affect the results of the procedure. You should also wear sunscreen to avoid problems like spots and redness.
Do I need to prep for photofacial?
Before getting a photofacial, patients are asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for about 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. You should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova several days before each appointment and may be asked to take pain relievers for 5 – 7 days before the appointment to decrease your risk of bruising. You should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Why should I get multiple photofacial sessions?
We recommend getting a series of photofacial treatments to deliver gradual, natural-looking improvements to the appearance of your complexion. Every session will diminish surface irregularities and spots. A series of sessions also produce longer-lasting improvements.
INNOVATIVE LIGHT THERAPY
With advancements being made in the cosmetic industry every day, there are many ways for women and men alike to achieve a clearer, more balanced complexion. Using the Icon device by Cynosure, Dr. Forbes and her team can target areas of hyperpigmentation throughout your face, neck, hands, and upper chest area to produce stunning results that can last for many years. Find out if you could be a candidate for a photofacial treatment by reaching out to our team at Symphony Medical Spa in Tooele, UT.