Light is transmitted through a small, smooth, flat glass hand piece which is gently placed over the skin
What results can I expect?
You can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries.
Sun damaged skin will become smoother with a decrease in fine wrinkles, reduction in pore size, and fading of sun spots.
Many people with rosacea see an improvement in breakouts and are able to decrease or discontinue their medications.
How soon will I see results?
After your first Fotofaical treatment, your skin will feel smoother and will have a more even tone. These improvements are gradual and will be more visible after each treatment. Five treatments are performed for optimal results. some patients benefit from additional treatments.
Who "discovered" this technique?
Dr. Bitter (a dermatologist in California) first published this technique and has been doing it since 1998. Dr. Mullholland (a plastic surgeon in Toronto) also helped refine the procedure especially with regards to wrinkle improvement. Dr. Speron has been performing this procedure since July 2000 and has taken extensive additional training courses by Drs. Bitter and Mullholland (as have the nurses performing this procedure in our office).
What areas can be treated?
There are many skin rejuvenation devices on the market today for treating areas other than just the face. The neck, chest, back and extremities may also be treated. Please consult with your physician regarding your specific requirements.
Who are candidates for treatment?
Nearly every patient type. Leading physicians worldwide report excellent results on patients of virtually all skin colors, most complexion types and nearly any age.
What is treatment like?
Patients experience minimal discomfort. We routinely give patients LMX (a topical anesthetic) so that they may be comfortable during the procedure. Some patients do not need it.
How long is a typical treatment?
Each case varies. When only small areas are treated, the procedure time is short. Typically the procedure may last up to an hour.
What are the side effects?
Side effects vary individually, but they are typically minimal. The risk of burns from the laser are < 1%.
Are there restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Following treatment, there should be only minimal restrictions on your activities. Most patients return to work or social activities right away. You can start exercising the next day. Make up can be worn immediately.