I had my first FotoFacial at SpaMedica. This treatment uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Infrared (IR), Laser and/or Radiofrequency (RF) energy combined in the same pulse. These gentle, no downtime treatments are used to improve the appearance of the face, neck or body.
Here’s the Background:
The original FotoFacial procedure was co-developed by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr. a cosmetic dermatologist and Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland, a plastic surgeon, bringing together the best of aesthetic dermatologic skin care and cosmetic plastic surgery into one non-invasive procedure. The procedure has increased in popularity and recognition to the point where it is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in North America. Dr. Mulholland has trained over 5,000 physicians in the art of the FotoFacial and the procedure has been featured in Allure, Cosmopolitan, In Style, Vogue, USA today, and numerous national and regional TV shows such as the TODAY Show and Extreme Makeover.
FotoFacial treatments involve the use of Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light and Infrared energy pulsed gently on the skin to target fine lines, facial spider veins, blemishes and brown spots of the face, neck, chest and hands. The FotoFacial treatment stimulates the production of your own collagen and after approximately 5 treatments the fine lines appear smoother. The pulsed light also fades spider veins, brown spots and sun-damaged skin. FotoFacials produce a smoother, youthful, vital and less-blemished looking skin.
The patient is covered with a thin layer of cooling gel and the entire face, chest, hands or arms are treated with a gentle pulse of light and Radiofrequency energy. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes and involves pulses of bright visible light and Radiofrequency energy that are passed into the skin. Because each FotoFacial RF Pro® treatment is gentle, most patients require 5 or 6 FotoFacial® treatments to see the desired results and they are performed every 3 weeks. In certain skin types, a microdermabrasion is performed between FotoFacial® treatments to enhance the penetration of the light and Radiofrequency energy.
When you’ve booked your treatment they ask you to come a half hour earlier to apply the numbing cream. The numbing cream begins working after a few minutes. Don’t worry, I worked it into the skin. The cream works and the affects can be felt for a few hours later. DON’T put it on your lips, may be hard to talk or drink coffee!
Once the half hour has passed you’ll be taken to the treatment room where the medical aesthetician will explain the procedure to you and cover your face with a thin layer of cooling gel. This is the same gel that is used when getting an ultrasound.
The machine below is the one used for FotoFacials and Forma.
She will explain that the pulsing will feel like an elastic band hitting your face. It is uncomfortable and the reason why a numbing agent is used. The procedure takes 30 minutes at most and my face was a bit red but nothing drastic and the redness went away after a few hours. You will smell burning hair because the pulses will be burning off the fine hairs on your face. It sounds worse then what actually happens.
In a day the sun spots on my face became darker and grainier. This is what FotoFacials do, they bring “up” the sun spots and blemishes and after your required treatments they fade and become a thing of the past. Cannot wait for that to happen to me!!
I had the pleasure of attending a beauty event the day after my treatment and met a woman who is a medical aesthetician and trains others in the beauty industry. I told her I was going to SpaMedica and she told me I had picked a great facility. She noticed my sunspots getting darker and knew that I had just received a FotoFacial before I had the chance to tell her. She eased my mind about future treatments and confirmed my belief that I had picked the place and made the right decision for my skin.
While the blemishes and spots became darker I saw no change with only one procedure and you shouldn’t expect to. This is a marathon and not a sprint.
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