What Kinds of Skin Problems Are Treated by a FotoFacial?

There are many over the counter products that are meant to help improve the texture as well as the appearance of the skin. However, some people might try many of these products and find that they really do not do very much for them. These are the people who might want to utilize the various treatments that are available through advances in medical technology.

One example of a medical skin treatment that some people choose in order to improve various skin irregularities that they have is a FotoFacial. There are two main places that a FotoFacial might be performed, the first place being in the office of a cosmetic dermatologist, and the second place in a medical spa.

In order to have a better understanding as to how a FotoFacial works, it is important to understand how this treatment got its name. When a person gets a photo taken of them, they are almost always subjected to a flash of light. In this treatment, the patient is subjected to flashes (also known as pulsations) of light in order to treat various skin conditions.

How can light effectively treat a skin condition? The heat of the light is very intense, and as it permeates the upper layers of the skin, it attacks things like dirt and bacteria (two things that cause large pores) and eradicates it. At the same time, the light itself stimulates an increased amount of blood flow. This blood flow results in healthy, clear skin tissue being produced.

Something that this treatment is known for treating is irregular skin pigmentation. This problem can manifest itself as flushing or brown patches on the face. There are several different causes of flushing, including a skin condition that is known as Rosacea. Much of this skin condition is caused by sensitive skin that is not receiving the proper amount of blood flow, which is something that the light pulsations can fix.

When it comes to other forms of irregular pigmentation (also known as hyperpigmentation), a main cause is excessive exposure to the sun. A tan might look nice for a while, but at the same time it is extremely damaging to the skin.

The sun emits various kinds of ultraviolet rays that permeate the skin and cause the production of melanin. Melanin is a pigmentation that the skin uses to protect itself against these harmful rays. The more exposure to these rays, the more hyperpigmentation that can take place.

During the FotoFacial procedure, the heat of the light pulsations break up the pigmentation, which, over time, results in the pigmentation fading. It is very important to note the fact that more than one treatment will be needed in order to see optimal results.

Of course, prospective patients are probably curious to know just how many treatments might be needed. That answer will vary depending on how much revision needs to be done. However, on average a person will need between two to five sessions. Results are gradual, but they are also long lasting.

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