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 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

4-6 weeks

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Your skin needs time to heal between the treatments, hence waiting 4-6 weeks is the recommended time. Some practices wait up to 8 weeks. It all depends on your individual recovery period and sun exposure in between treatments. You should be applying SPF religiously and avoiding the sun as much as possible. Best, Dr.Avaliani


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In our office, while in the corrective phase, we like to have people come every 4 weeks for treatment of browns and red. After correction is complete, we recommend maintenance treatments with Sciton's Forever Young BBL protocol every 3-4 months. If done regularly using that protocol, there are changes made to the genome that actually slow down the aging process.

Emily Porter, MD
Cedar Park Physician

How often can Photofacial treatments be repeated?

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Photofacials are typically repeated ever 3-6 weeks depending on the condition being treated. Most clients require a package of 6 treatments in order to achieve optimal results. Keeping up with your Photofacial treatments, perhaps 1 every 2-4 months will maintain your beautiful results thereafter. 

Every 3-4 weeks

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While it varies depending on the patient, usually sessions are scheduled every 3-4 weeks on average.

Wait time between Photofacial/IPL treatments

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The wait time between photofacial treatments is dependent upon what condition and/or what area is being treated.  If treating sun damage, you'll see optimal results with a minimum series of 3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart(3 for face; 4 for body). 2 -3 additional treatments may be required depending on how much sun damage is present. If addressing rosacea, typically a series of 5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart will yield best results. And acne may be treated every 2 weeks.  

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.

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. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.