By Dr. William Cohen on June 15, 2012
There are plenty of options out there to help you look you younger, more energetic, and more refreshed. Perhaps best of all, these treatments do not need to involve surgery, incisions, or any kind of recovery time or down time. One such treatment that has been growing in popularity over the years is Photofacial treatment. When you come in to our Orange County plastic surgery center, we'll be able to discuss the Photofacial treatment in much greater detail. Below we've covered some of the basics of Photofacial treatment and how it can benefit you.
What is a Photofacial treatment?
Photofacial laser skin treatment uses bursts of intense pulsed light to help improve the quality of the skin. This procedure only requires exposure of the skin to these bursts of light. It can be performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
How Photofacial Treatments Work
The pulses of intense light penetrate into the deep layers of skin, causing the collagen and blood vessels of the skin to constrict. This helps improve the tightness, texture, and appearance of the skin in the process.
Skin Problems That Photofacial Treatments Can Address
Photofacial is best for addressing issues with pigmentation and signs of aging. Some of the most common skin problems that Photofacials can address include:
- Sun damage
- Fine lines
- Redness from acne
- Facial veins
During your visit to our facial plastic surgery centers in Orange County, we will determine if Photofacial treatment is ideal for you.
How a Photofacial Treatment is Performed
During the 30-minute Photofacial treatment, patients are asked to wear protective eyewear. A cool gel is applied to the treatment area to reduce discomfort and reduce friction between the skin and the handpiece that delivers the intense pulses of light. Patients will notice warm sensations during the treatment, and a slight pinch that many say is similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin.
Total treatment time can last between a few minutes and an hour depending on the size of the treatment area and the needs of the patient.
Surgical Alternatives to Consider
For major wrinkles and sagging of the skin, facial plastic surgery may be better for your needs. In those cases, an Orange County facelift and other anti-aging surgeries will be on the table.
Non-Surgical Alternatives to Consider
Surgery isn't the only answer, however. Many people actually consider cosmetic injections for their aesthetic enhancement needs. Though the results are different than a Photofacial, many are quite satisfied by the use of dermal filler and wrinkle reduction injections and BOTOX® cosmetic therapy.
Learn More About Your Plastic Surgery Options
To learn more about PhotoFacial and how it can benefit you, contact our facial plastic surgery centers in Orange County today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and going over all of your treatment options in full detail. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
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