I was wondering how long I'd have to wait between Photo Facial treatments? What is the typical amount of time?
How Long Between Photo Facial Treatments?
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Interval between IPL treatments
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.
3-6 weeks between treatments
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.
How long to wait between IPL's
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.
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Timing of Photofacial treatments
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.
How often between photo facial treatments?
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.
4 to 6 weeks between PhotoFacial Treatments
Interval between IPL treatments
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.
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.
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