Is it OK to have a regular facial directly after a photofacial?

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Necessary Downtime

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It is not recommended. Best practice is to give your skin time to heal in between treatments - a couple weeks would be sufficient. As always it is best to consult with your surgeon before undergoing any procedures to ensure that they are aware of any potential “red flags”, such as a recent treatment. 


Fenton Dermatologist
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Photo Facial

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Thank you for your question in regards to photo facials.  It would be best to space out these treatments to avoid irritation of your skin. To be sure what is best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment. I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Facial after Photofacial

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It's better to space the treatments a couple weeks apart to give your skin a rest after a photofacial treatment. Allow those dark spots to flake off naturally by itself.

Robert G. Aycock, MD, FACS
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon

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Facials can be typically performed two to three weeks following photo-facials.  It is important to be evaluated by your physician so that your treatment can be tailored to your individual needs.

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