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Fotofacial® is a light based office treatment that addresses sun damage, browns, reds, and fine facial lines. The treatments are very comfortable and the face is ready for makeup right after treatment. Typically, treatment consists of 4-5 sessions at 3-week intervals all with very little down time. Dr. Steinsapir believes that the facial tightening seen with a well-done series of Fotofacials® rivals what is seen with radio frequency techniques such as Thermage®. Your Fotofacial® can be combined on the same day with other minimal down time services like BOTOX®, Fillers, and chemical peels.

Studies of the skin after Fotofacial® demonstrate increased dermal collagen. Fotofacial® is perhaps the only skin treatment out there that actually decreases the appearance of pores. Laser treatments, especially ablative lasers like CO2 and Erbium, tend to pull the pores open as the skin heals. This effect often diminishes over time. However, this does not occur with Fotofacial®. The intense pulse light based treatment of Fotofacial® penetrates into the skin without damaging the epithelium, the outer layer of the skin. The Fotofacial® stimulates collagen in the skin around the pore decreasing the appearance of the pore over several treatments.

Downtime is minimal from these treatments. There will be a little redness in the skin for several hours after the treatment. Make up can be applied immediately after the treament. Browns in the skin tend to darken and flake out of the skin over a 7-10 day period. This is usually not too noticeable and the flaking is consistent with what is seen following a mild sunburn.

If you have previously had a Fotofacial® or series of treatments and were not impressed, don’t dismiss the value of this treatment. Many offices don’t tailor their treatments for the individual and instead use general guidelines for power setting in treating their patients. Unfortunately, this will not optimize the treatment of the given individual. Dr. Steinsapir does not allow nurses or “technicians” to perform these procedures in his office. Instead, he personally performs every Fotofacial® to maximize your benefits. Learn what Fotofacial® can do for you. Call now to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Steinsapir.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

When I lived in the Bay Area Patrick Bitter Jr., M.D. did several Fotofacial® for me. Is Dr. Steinsapir familiar with Dr. Bitter?

Dr. Bitter invented the Fotofacial®. Dr. Steinsapir originally learned from Dr. Bitter how to perform Fotofacial® and Dr. Steinsapir is listed on the official Fotofacial® website.

What exactly is a Fotofacial®?

It is a facial skin treatment based on intense pulse light. There are a variety of machines that produce intense pulsed light. Dr. Steinsapir uses the Lumenis Vasculight® HR, one of the most sophisticated machines developed for the purpose of performing intense pulsed light treatments. Applying a treatment crystal in a hand piece to the face treats the facial skin. The machine triggers a bright flash of light that is filtered by the crystal. The light produced targets colored marks in the skin including collagen, brown spots, and red spots. Treatment takes about 15 minutes and a numbing creaming makes the treatment comfortable. Typically a series of 5 or 6 sessions is performed at 3-week intervals. You pay as you go. The treatment improves sunspots, flushing, blood vessels, and can tighten pores. Over the course of 5 or 6 treatments mild facial tightening is evident.

I have veins in my lower eyelid. Will the Fotofacial® address these?

Generally, the Fotofacial® can close small red blood vessels. However, larger veins need a different type of treatment. Typically, a YAG laser is used that can close veins up to 3 millimeters.

I get cold sores. Will this be a problem with my Fotofacials®?

Dr. Steinsapir routinely prescribes Valtrex® to use for a few days around the Fotofacial® treatment.

I previously had a series of Fotofacials® a few years ago. Would I benefit from more Fotofacials®?

The answer in general is yes. However, a personal consultation will be needed to determine exactly what you will need. Typically, skin redness benefits from retreatment after 6 to 12 months although only one or two sessions may be required. Sun damage takes longer to occur after treatment but this very much depends on how well you have been protecting your face from sun damage since your last treatment series.

 

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