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FotoFacial treatments revolutionized the non-invasive cosmetic skincare industry. A little over a decade ago, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) (also called FotoFacial) machines hit the market and a renewed focus on reversing the signs of aging began. 
Today, these machines have advanced tremendously, as have the results,  patients who are thrilled with their results. If you want results, rejuvenated skin, the place to come for your FotoFacial skin treatments is here.

                       What is a FotoFacial and what does it do?

We use Syneron's SR (Skin Rejuvenation) and SRA technologies to rejuvenate and treat brown spots, melasma, pigmented lesions, broken capillaries, rosacea, and general skin tone and texture.

Syneron's technologies are some of the most advanced on the market, providing excellent results with no downtime. Syneron's unique dual energies of intense pulsed light and Radio Frequency (RF) allow us to treat deeper pigments and areas that can't be treated with other traditional lasers and machines. For more on the science behind Syneron's advanced technology and a gallery of before and after photos, please visit

As your treatment series progresses, you will see noticable improvement, including the reduction or elimiation of blemished areas, lightening of brown sun and age spots, an improvement in general skin tone and texture, and less overall redness. This is a effective treatment method for both men and women, and for those in any stage of the aging process. FotoFacial treatments need to be done as a series, usually of five treatments. Your initial treatments will be done every 3-4 weeks. After that, maintenance treatments are recommended every 3-6 months to maintain the effects. These maintenance treatments will be offered at reduced rates.
Because FotoFacial treatments are non-ablative (no tissue is removed), they can easily be done any day or time as you can put on makeup and return to normal activities. There is no downtime.
FotoFacial treatments are usually done to the full face, and sometimes the neck and chest. Hand and arms treatments can also be done. Sometimes we do flashes on other areas of the body, such as the legs, back, etc. for blemishes left from prior surgeries, biopsies, or other injuries. FotoFacials are safe for any part of the body.

                      What is a FotoFacial treatment like?

Before you begin FotoFacial treatments, you will discuss the procedure with one of the certified technicians, sign a consent, and if desired, take pre-treatment photos. Prior to your treatment, gel will be applied to the area.
To perform the treatment, your technician will use the Syneron system and SR/SRA treatment applicator(s). A cold conductive gel will be applied and the area will be pre-treated with a cold air chiller. Not only will this make the treatment less painful, but cooling the top layers of skin allows the RF to penetrate deeper into the skin, further heating the underlying areas to address pigments. Some offices do not do this step of the treatment, but the clinical papers show that it does yield better results. The treatment tip will be applied to the skin and a flash (similar to a camera flash) will pulse into the skin and target the appropriate areas. Multiple passes will be done to each area for the best results. Many offices simply do a single pass with their machines, but our technicians have been trained to do multiple passes and pulses.

 This allows the skin to achieve better results, faster. While other offices will offer their IPL treatments for less money, the results you will see are also significantly less.  With FotoFacials, there should not be a significant amount of pain, but some areas of the body may be more sensitive than others. At worst, each pulse should have what can be compared to a rubberband snap in the most sensitive areas, which tend to be the spots closer to the bone, like the jawline and forehead. Never should you feel so much pain that the procedure is intolerable.

What kind of results can I expect from a FotoFacial treatment?

Your skin may appear slightly red or warm for a few hours after the treatment, similar to a light sunburn. Rash-like mild edema or erythmia may be present. You can apply hydrocortisone to these sites. Makeup can be applied immediately after a treatment and you can resume any normal activities. There is no downtime with this procedure.
After your first treatment, your skin will feel smoother and will have a more even tone. In some cases, especially if you have a lot of dark spots, your skin may experience "coffee-grounding" which is pigmentation breaking up and lifting to the surface of the skin for exfoliation. This can just be rubbed off and it's a sign of improvement!
You should have realistic expectations and remember that multiple treatments are needed.