Helton Skin and Laser Institute - Newport Beach, CA
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Rejuvenating Photofacial IPL treatment delivers visible improvement in facial redness and flushing while helping reverse the signs of sun damage and aging.

What is Photofacial?
IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment, also known as Photofacial, is a non-laser medical device used to deliver a series of gentle pulses of light to the skin. This innovative technique allows for the energy levels of Intense Pulse Light to target and eliminate damaged areas and effectively correct both:
• Reds: rosacea, broken capillaries, and redness to the neck and chest;
• Browns: age spots, freckles and uneven pigmentation.
The procedure will also reduce wrinkling and large pores, and leave your skin feeling softer and looking younger.

Who is the best candidate for Photofacial?
Photofacial Treatments are for anyone who wants to have visible improvement in facial redness and flushing as well as reversing the signs of sun damage and aging, with little discomfort and minimal risk. People who suffer with rosacea see an improvement in breakouts and are able to decrease or discontinue their medications. These treatments are designed for people who don’t want any disruption from their normal activities or downtime required to heal from laser resurfacing or chemical peels.

What conditions does the IPL treat?
IPL treats many facets of sun damage, flushing, skin texture, redness, broken capillaries, brown spots, acne scars, age spots, dark circles around the eyes, sun-induced freckles on the hands, chest, and face, broken capillaries around the nose and excels in helping the reduction of fine wrinkles and large pores. IPL can be used on the face, chest, neck, hands, and arms with great results.

What is a Photofacial treatment like?
Each treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Specific settings are selected for each treatment for maximum results. A mild amount of discomfort can be expected. Although anesthetic cream is not required, it is available at our office and can be applied 30 to 60 minutes before treatment. During treatment, an intense light is emitted in a series of gentle pulses over the entire face at intervals of approximately three weeks for a series of five treatments. This special light, which is different than laser treatments, emits light over many wavelengths allowing the light to penetrate to all the levels of the skin where abnormal easily dilated vessels can be found.There is no discomfort after the procedure. A series of five or more treatments are performed at three week intervals for optimal improvement.

Can I combine Photofacial with microdermabrasion?
Photofacial treatments can be used in conjunction with Microdermabrasion, Botox© or chemical peels. The combination of treatments will enhance the results of the IPL Photofacial procedures and provide the healthiest and youngest looking skin possible.

How much improvement will I see?
Typically 75-95% improvement will be seen after a set of treatments. Patients can expect 50% improvement in redness and Rosacea, and between 30-40% improvement in pigmentation.


Will I need additional treatments?
After your initial series of 3-5 treatments, maintenance sessions are usually needed. We will educate you in ways of caring for your skin to help diminish the likelihood of future treatments.

How soon will I see results?
After your first treatment, your skin will feel smoother and will have a more even tone. Immediately following a treatment, the skin may appear red and brown spots may appear more visible, but these changes gradually fade over a period of hours to a few days. With completion of each treatment you can expect to see continuing results and will gradually achieve consistent and dramatic improvement in sun damage, redness, brown spots and wrinkling.

What are the side effects?
Few patients have reported slight skin blistering, swelling, redness, hyperpigmentation, scabbing, and flaking of the skin. There have been no reports of scarring, or worsening of the skin condition treated with PhotoFacial™.

Why should I have an IPL treatment?
You can have photo perfect, glowing, smooth, blush-free skin with finer lines and more youthful looking skin with NO DOWN TIME from school or work. The IPL is the first procedure ever that can accomplish so much with such low risk and no down time. This new and exciting treatment has aroused hundreds of news stories in print and on television.

Please give us a call to learn more about the how IPL treatments can benefit you.
Don't forget to check our post-treatment instructions if you've just had a Photofacial procedure.



Helton Skin & Laser Institute | Peter Helton, D.O.
1901 Westcliff Dr, Suite 2 | Newport Beach, CA 92660 | 949.646.DERM (3376)