There are many different skin problems that a person might be prone to. Some of these problems, like facial flushing, can be indicative of genetic factors (such as pale skin) while other problems, like irregular skin pigmentation, can be attributed to excessive sun exposure. Whatever the root cause of the skin problems of a person, it is very important that the person find the right treatment n order to improve the look of their skin.
An example of a skin treatment that has been formulated for just such a purpose is the FotoFacial. This procedure implements intense pulsations of light to target problematic skin areas and correct them. Those who are interested in having a FotoFacial done need to first know what kinds of skin problems that this procedure is meant to treat. This procedure most prevalently treats large pores, rosacea, acne, acne scars, and irregular pigmentation.
How is light able to treat various skin conditions? Take irregular skin pigmentation, for example. This can be caused by prolonged exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Once the skin is subjected to these ultraviolet rays, the skin starts producing pigmentation that is known as melanin in order to protect it. So, the heat of the light breaks apart the melanin molecules, gradually eradicating them, while the light itself stimulates the production of natural skin collagen.
Something else that prospective patients should be just as curious about is in regard to this treatment is how the procedure itself works. This procedure is sometimes done by a doctor, but usually done by a nurse at an outpatient facility. In some cases, an aesthetician who specializes in administering a FotoFacial will do it at a medical spa.
The patient should arrive to the procedure with a face that is completely clean. This means that there should be no makeup, aftershave, moisturizer, or anything else on the face. The nurse administering the treatment will probably also clean the face with an antiseptic. Once that has been done, the nurse will then apply a thin layer of cooling gel to the face. The purpose of the cooling gel is to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
Next, the nurse will use a small handheld device to administer the pulsations of light to the affected skin areas. The amount of time that the procedure itself will take depends on the condition of the skin, but the FotoFacial, takes, on average, about fifteen minutes to a half hour.
Once the procedure is done, patient will feel some minor discomfort. The patient might also experience some additional flushing and redness for the first forty eight hours after the procedure has been done. Of course, the patients are eager to know when results start to appear.
Usually, results can start becoming visible about two to three days after the first procedure. These results usually come in the form of more even skin tone. However, it is important to note that the patient will need anywhere from three to five treatment sessions in order to obtain long lasting results.