What is the Optimal Time for a Doctor to Read Photo Facial Results?

Four Weeks, Two Weeks and Why?

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Time to assess results of a photo facial

We typically advise a series of 3-6 treatments, 3-4 weeks apart. I like to review my patients after 3 treatments to make sure they're doing great and on the right path. If there are any issues, I'm always happy to assess sooner. Healing time is about 1 week, though sometimes 10 days, so I wouldn't reassess until 2 weeks after a treatment to be able to properly judge results. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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We typically see patients for a series of 3-5 photofacials spaced one month apart from each other.  So, 4 weeks would be appropriate. You should allow 1-2 weeks for the brown pigment to flake off.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Evaluation of photofacial should be at around 2-3 weeks, and another treatment in 4-5 weeks.  This time is enough to allow blood vessels to resolve, and allowing enough time for brown pigment to flake off.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Photofacial results can be great for facial rejuvenation

Photofacial (IPL, intense pulsed light) is a great office treatment for brown discoloration in the skin from sun damage, red discoloration from tiny blood vessels, and for lines and wrinkles.  A series of treatments is  needed, generally spaced 3-4 weeks apart.  You will notice initial darkening of any brown spots on the face, which will then flake off after a few days. There is no downtime, as you can cover with makeup immediately after treatment.

I'm not sure I understand your question regarding "reading results"  of photofacial.  You will see a change in the reds and browns in the face almost immediately, with gradual improvement after that.  Again, a series of treatments is needed, and maintenance treatments are needed as well--this is part of a solid skin care regimen for many women.  It's not a one-time thing.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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