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.
Is there skin peeling with a photofacial?
Peeling after a Photofacial
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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.
Dr. KaramanoukianLos Angeles
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.
Normally there is no peeling after a photo facial
Photo facials consist of IPL treatments of red and brown discoloration of the skin. The IPL component that treats broken capillaries and diffuse redness just affects the vessels in the dermis, so it should not cause any peeling.
The IPL component that treats brown discoloration does affect the surface of the skin, but what is seen is the pigment initially getting darker, then breaking down into "coffee grounds" type tiny brown spots that eventually are shed from the surface.
So there should not be any peeling after a photo facial.
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