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Will FotoFacial/IPL treatments cause my face to peel?

I'd like to get something before the holidays to freshen up my skin, but I don't want a long recovery or peeling. Would Fotofacial/IPL be a good choice? Are there any side effects that would be visible towards the end of the month?

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Replied on 12/1/2009

By: Esta Kronberg, M.D.  |  Board Certified Dermatologist
Houston, TX


Fotofacial may give you some results with one treatment but it often takes
several treatments to see a difference.
Fotofacial is a non invasive no downtime procedure.



Replied on 12/1/2009

By: Celibre Medical Corporation  |  Laser Dermatology & Injections
Orange, CA


Photofacial treatments can cause some mild peeling. In most cases, this would appear more like the skin "flaking" off in the area where you've got brown spots or sun damage. This peeling or flaking is very mild and usually occurs within two weeks of the treatment. Normally makeup can cover the flaky skin.

One other issue to consider is that any sun damage you have will likely get darker after the treatment before it comes to the surface to flake off. For this reason, if you have events planned, you may want to try to plan around these or even wait until the beginning of next year for treatment.


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