Cosmetic flaws may be caused by heredity, medication, pregnancy or environmental factors. Yet most pigmented lesions (age spots or sun damage) are ideal candidates for non-invasive AFT pulsed light treatments also known as a Photofacial.  Traditional treatments for removing or reducing the appearance of pigmented lesions are often long-term and uncomfortable. Photofacials requires no down-time, and can be used to treat many types of pigmented lesions or sun damage quickly and painlessly.

What to expect from a Photofacial

Most lesions can be treated within half an hour and for best results, repeated treatments are required. The technician delivers precised pulses of light to the target area and clients report little to no discomfort and can return to their normal activities immediately. AFT’s high levels of light and gentle energy parameters assure safe, effective treatment. Uniquely shaped AFT pluses precisely heat their intended targets, causing remarkably little or no skin damage or discomfort. This optimal use of energy both increases safety and eliminates the need for cooling methods. After a Photofacial treatment you can expect some redness and a slight sunburn feeling, both of which only last for 20-30 minutes post treatment. The pigmented lesions that were treated will start to get a few shades darker immediately and continue to darken in the next few hours. After a Photofacial the pigmented spots may resemble coffee grounds on the skin but will have no texture to them, it is safe to wear makeup and continue with most normal skin care regimens following a treatment. The ‘coffee ground’ spots can take up to 2 weeks to slough off naturally while washing the area treated.

Does it hurt?

While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most people tolerate Photofacials well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of clients require no topical anesthetic.

Pre-Treatment Care and Precautions:

  • No sunbathing, tanning beds or spray tans 2 weeks prior to your treatment. If recent exposure is shown or you are too tan you will be rescheduled!
  • People with implanted devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators or those with Vitiligo, Skin Cancer (or any other Cancer drug therapy), Epilepsy/Seizures, Diabetes, Pregnant or Breastfeeding, Impaired immune system are not candidates for this treatment.
  • If you are taking Antibiotics, Tetracycline, St. John’s Wort, or Retin A you must discontinue or be off of them at least 2 weeks prior to a treatment. These are photosensitizing drugs and can increase the risk of burning.
  • If you have been on Accutane, must wait at least 6 months after final use before having any type of laser treatment done.
  • Any inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, active herpes simplex, etc. needs pre medication before having a treatment.
  • Refrain from using any harsh cosmetics for 24 hours prior to treatment — retinols or retin a’s as well as salicylic and glycolic acids.
  • Please use SPF 30 or higher each day on all treatment areas, even on cloudy days.

Pricing available through consultation