Photofacial Recovery Time

How long should I expect it to take?

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We expect people to resolve in 7-10 days. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Photofacial recovery

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There's no downtime but you will experience some swelling and scabbing will appear in the weeks following your treatment.

Photofacial Recovery Time

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When receiving a photo facial, gradual and cumulative improvement is achieved between 3-5 treatments spaced 3 weeks apart, without discomfort. Patients generally return to normal activities and can apply makeup immediately after treatment sessions.

Photofacial or IPL (Intense Pulse Light)

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There is no down time or redness and the IPL can be performed during your lunch hour. Photo rejuvenation, known commonly as the photo facial, is effective in treating wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots, acne scarring, enlarged pores, and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. It can be used on the entire face or specific areas. The laser also has a mild tightening effect on the skin, particularly in the lower eyelid area.

Ramtin Kassir, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 155 reviews

Downtime after photofacial

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Other than minor redness for less than an hour after the procedure and some small coffee grounds type spots in the area of treated pigmentation lasting a few days, there is no downtime after IPL.

The coffee grounds are epidermal pigment breaking up and exiting the skin.  They can easily be covered with light makeup.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

No downtime

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IPL or "photorejuventation", is a popular procedure with no downtime. A minimal amount of redness or bronzing that may occur can easily be camouflaged with cosmetics. minimal swelling can be avoided the next day by sleeping on 2-3 pillows on your back.

Photofacial downtime

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There is usually no downtime with photofacials.  There is some minor redness that usually resolves within a few hrs.  Also some dark coffee ground pigment may appear in the treated areas and this can take 1-2 weeks to flake off. 

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