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How Long Between Photo Facial Treatments?

I was wondering how long I'd have to wait between Photo Facial treatments? What is the typical amount of time?

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Interval between IPL treatments

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It is most common to perform IPL treatments for sun damage. When treating sun damage, the IPL or laser treatment heats up and destroys skin cells that contain the pigment being targeted. Once these skin cells have been destroyed, they rise to the surface of the skin and flake off. The process of these skin cells coming to the surface can take several weeks and you want to wait until this process is complete before having another treatment. This is the reason for a 4 week interval between IPL or laser treatments.


Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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3-6 weeks between treatments

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Be aware that there are many different laser companies that offer FotoFacial or photofacial treatments. FotoFacials, or intense pulse light treatments are effective for pigmentation and telangiectasias or broken capillaries. If your IPL laser also uses radiofrequency, then you may notice some smoothing of the skin as well. You should have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to evaluate your skin type to determine how long between treatments. If you are lighter skinned and not tanning, you can generally have a treatment every 3-4 weeks. However, seek a personalized consultation.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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How long to wait between IPL's

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The average amount of time to wait between Photo facial treatments is 3 to 4 weeks. The light from the Photo facial targets the darkened cells in the skin causing them to heat up and be destroyed. Next the damaged cells then rise to the surface and slough off. That process takes 3 weeks on average to complete. Once complete, the treatment is the repeated for a total of 3 to 5 treatments.

 

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Timing of Photofacial treatments

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I commonly plan to treat patients every 3 weeks and in some patients a 2 week interval is acceptable.  It depends on the energy of the treatment and the patient resonse.

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Rian A. Maercks M.D.

Rian A. Maercks, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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How often between photo facial treatments?

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Good timing for photo facials is every 4 to 6 weeks while treating existing browns and reds.  You may need some upkeep sessions every 6 to 12 months afterwards.

Interestingly we constantly see that our photo facial patients also have some decreased facial wrinkling and a smoother, finer texture of the skin after their photo facial treatments.  That is a very nice added benefit from the deeply penetrating IPL light stimulating collagen synthesis in the dermis.

The best way to maintain your photo facial results is to use a good broad spectrum sunscreen daily and to avoid sun exposure during the peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm.  Also remember that sun exposure also happens while you are driving in your car.  Ultraviolet A light easily gets through car windows and, although it does not cause sunburns, it is just as powerful in sun damage and carcinogenesis.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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4 to 6 weeks between PhotoFacial Treatments

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It takes about 4 weeks for the cell turnover to complete on the skin of the face, so I find 4 weeks to be the ideal interval to allow the skin to recover but also contribute most effectively to the collagen remodeling process.  In the future, a maintenance treatment once a year, ideally after the summer, is recommended to help maintain the results.  In addition, skin care products that contribute to continuous cell turnover and light chemical peels are recommended as maintenance.

Gene Rubinstein, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologist
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Interval between IPL treatments

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Depending on your skin type you can do photo facials or photo rejuvenation anywhere from 3 - 6 weeks between treatments.  While you are getting the procedures done you need to avoid tanning of the skin and use an SPF of at least 30 everyday. 


Christine Rodgers, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Photofacial treatments

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Photofacial treatments should be spaced 4-6 weeks apart from one another.  You should consult with your provider to see how many treatments are needed, but typically it is 3-5 treatments.  After this, maintenance is often recommended at 6-12 months apart.

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Photofacial frequency

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Photofacials are ideally performed every 3 to 4 weeks to obtain the maximum benefit.  Maintenance treatments can be done every 3 to 4 months.  Avoid the sun to see best results.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
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Time between IPL treatments...

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Typically patients should wait 4-6 weeks to allow for recovery and optimization of results.Patients can often see continuing improvements for 3-6 months. 

Peter Schmid, DO
Longmont Facial Plastic Surgeon
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