Laser Photofacial Specialist

Laser MD Cosmetics

Dennis L. Clark, MD

Aesthetician & Regenerative Medicine Specialist located in Long Beach, CA

Intense pulsed light photofacials can clear up red and brown spots on your skin to give you a more evenly toned complexion. Dennis L. Clark, MD, of Laser MD Cosmetics in Long Beach, California, offers photofacials so you can achieve a refreshed, brighter look. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to find out how a photofacial can help you achieve the skin you desire.

Laser Photofacial

What is a photofacial?

A photofacial, also called photorejuvenation, uses intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to improve your complexion. The process targets the lower layers of your skin with short pulses of light. The light features a broad spectrum of wavelengths that target uneven pigmentation and broken capillaries. A photofacial can address a number of issues including:

  • Spider veins
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Sun damage

Anyone with notable freckles, blotchy skin, hyperpigmentation, or large pores can benefit from a photofacial.

How does a photofacial work?

The IPL light pulses penetrate deep into your skin and cause blood vessels and collagen to constrict, which fades redness and brown spots. Plus, the collagen enhancement boosts the overall appearance of your complexion. You’ll experience benefits in both the color and tone as well as the texture of your skin.

The light bursts target melanin, the pigment in sun spots and age spots, that sits just below the skin. The energy from IPL breaks the pigment into small particles that slough away or are eliminated through your body’s natural waste-removal systems.

How many photofacial treatments will I need to see results?

Dr. Clark evaluates the severity of your skin condition to customize a photofacial treatment plan for you. Most people get the results they desire in 1-3 sessions.

What should I expect at a photofacial?

During a photofacial, you rest in a treatment room and wear protective eyewear. The technician from Laser MD Cosmetics smoothes a cooling gel onto your skin. The IPL is applied to your skin using a handheld wand. You feel warmth and small snaps, much like those of a rubber band, as the device glides across your skin. The treatment lasts 20-30 minutes, and you can apply sunscreen and makeup right afterward.

Should I schedule downtime following a photofacial?

A photofacial requires no downtime. You may have some redness and swelling immediately following your visit, but this resolves in a day or two. You need to avoid the sun for at least two weeks following a photofacial as your skin is temporarily extra sensitive to UV rays. Wear a high-powered sunscreen and a hat to shade your face.

To learn how you can achieve radiant, evenly toned and textured skin with a photofacial, call the office or book an appointment online.