How long does it take for the face to peel after a Photofacial? I got my first one done on Friday and it is now almost Tuesday and my face hasn't peeled at all. Is this normal?
When Does Peeling Start After Photofacial?
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Peeling after a Photofacial
After laser treatments (or IPL) for sun damage, we typically see pigment "flake" off rather than peel off anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks after treatment. "Peeling" is not expected to occur after an photofacial in general and definitely not if facial redness or fine lines were being treated. The only peeling would be the flaking off of age spots and sun damage.
No "Peeling" after a Photofacial
You should not get any peeling from a photofacial. A photo facial will decrease the red and brown pigment in the skin over a few sessions. The browns will get darker and more apparent after a photo facial and then will fall off or fade, but you should not actually peel as you would with certain chemical peels or laser peels.
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Photofacial therapy in Los Angeles
Our office specializes in IPL facials in Los Angeles. We use a combination protocol for our photofacials that includes application of creams before and after the photofacial session. The combination of IPL + creams allows for a more definitive improvement in surface sun damage, complexion, photoaging, and solar lentigenes.
Photofacials help improve brown discoloration and broken capillaries that cause surface redness on the skin. Brown discoloration can further be improved with application of Melarase creams twice daily (Melarase AM and Melarase PM).
Downtime is relatively minimal compared to other treatments. Our office employs the Limelight technology and we feel this is an excellent modality in terms of its safety and efficacy.
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No peeling after photofacial
Peeling after a photofacial
"Peeling" begins within 3-5 days
IPL should not cause peeling
IPL treatments should not cause peeling. Instead IPL treatments may cause flaking of the treated area. This flaking can occur a few days to a week out from treatment.
Photofacial does not cause peeling
Photofacials with intense pulsed light do not cause peeling. Brown spots turn darker and crispy and flake off in about one week. Spider veins fade. The light penetrates into the skin and stimulates collagen but does not affect the surface skin cells, so peeling does not occur.
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