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PhotoFacials are a noninvasive solution for younger and flawless looking skin. This treatment uses an intense pulsed light, IPL, to rejuvenate the appearance of your complexion, without the need for any incisions or injections. PhotoFacial treatments are therefore very appealing for patients who desire a perfect complexion but are not comfortable with the risks of more extreme cosmetic procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing. For patients with an active lifestyle, a PhotoFacial is a good option because there is little to no down time and a low risk of side effects.

How it Works

The PhotoFacial treatment uses a handheld device that releases multiple wavelengths of light onto the areas of discoloration. The light is then absorbed by the hemoglobin and pigmentation, which damages these areas. The damaged pigmentation breaks a part, is absorbed by the skin, and eventually becomes less visible on the surface, while the damaged hemoglobin encourages blood flow, and helps the pigmentation to be absorbed into the skin faster. The PhotoFacial has the ability to target multiple colors of discoloration because of its various light filters. This makes it more advanced than traditional lasers that are a single wavelength of light.
The PhotoFacial also stimulates your body’s natural collagen production. This occurs when the light gently heats your skin, stimulating skin cells to generate new collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein that supports the structure of the skin. It also aids in the production of hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin to retain moisture and elastin, which helps to maintain firm, tight skin. Collagen helps the skin to become plumper. This is why a PhotoFacial is used to give patients a younger and more radiant appearance.

How the PhotoFacial Makes You Look Great

A PhotoFacial can be used on multiple areas of the skin to treat many different problems. After just one treatment your skin is left looking healthier, younger, and more even-toned. Here are some examples of what skin problems the PhotoFacial can treat.


Rosacea is a common skin disease with symptoms of blushing or flushing easier than others. The blushing can move past the nose and cheeks to the forehead. It can even spread to other areas such as the ears and chest. A series of PhotoFacial treatments can safely and quickly reduce the appearance of this unwanted redness.


Sunspots are patches of skin that develop flat, dark brown spots that result from sun exposure. They can appear on any part of the skin that is unprotected in the sun. Once one appears, spots tend to darken and multiply as you continue unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays. PhotoFacials are very effective at reducing or removing the undesirable pigmentation of these sunspots. This will leave your skin more even-toned and flawless.


Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged and oil builds up beneath the skin. This results in whiteheads, pimples, blackheads, cysts, and nodules. The reason for the swelling of the follicles is that bacteria causes inflammation. A PhotoFacial will heat the area enough to kill the bacteria without damaging the surrounding skin. This is often an appealing procedure for those who have tried multiple unsuccessful acne treatments.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear as we age and our skin becomes more thin and shallow. PhotoFacials can help to give you a more youthful and healthy appearance. This is achieved because the heat the light provides stimulates your natural collagen production, helping to add volume to shallow areas of the face. This helps to give a younger and more radiant appearance.

Enlarged Pores

The benefits of collagen are not only for those looking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen also helps to reduce enlarged pores. The stimulated growth of collagen is utilized by your body to heal itself and shrink the size of your pores. This is a good solution if you are struggling to find a way to reduce the size of your large pores.

Broken Capillaries

Broken capillaries are small veins that are visible on the surface of the skin. Patients often find these capillaries to be embarrassing, unattractive, and difficult to remove. Broken capillaries can result from genetics, age, rosacea, trauma, or sun damage. PhotoFacial is one of the best treatments for this condition by making these veins much less visible or in some cases even invisible.


Hyper-pigmentation of the skin can occur for a lot of reasons, from acne scarring to birth marks. It is a very difficult condition to treat. Some people who are unhappy with hyper-pigmentation even resort to using harsh and dangerous chemicals, such as bleach, on their skin to remove these marks. A PhotoFacial can easily reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation by breaking up the pigmentation beneath the skin.

Removal of Unwanted Dark Hair

Removal of unwanted hair at home can be a very tedious task. It is also quite costly to constantly buy razors or waxing treatments. This is why many patients consider laser hair removal. The PhotoFacial can also work to remove unwanted hair. This treatment provides permanent results, works on all skin colors, and many different hair types. PhotoFacial hair removal can be achieved in multiple sessions. Treatment areas can include lip, face, underarms, legs, chest, and arms.

Dark Circles Around Eyes

If your dark circles are caused by more than just lack of sleep, then having a PhotoFacial treatment in the under eye area may be the right choice for you. This treatment will be effective if you have increased pigmentation under your eyes. It can also treat the appearance of veins in that area as well.

Unwanted Freckles

Freckles are small deposits of pigment in the upper layer of the skin that can be caused by over exposure to the sun, or some people are born with them. Although freckles can be very beautiful, they can sometimes appear in unwanted areas. The process to remove unwanted freckles is the same as removing any other spot of pigmentation; the light will break it up and reduce the visibility of the spot.
There are many different uses for this miracle treatment that leaves your skin rejuvenated and radiant. It is the perfect solution for those looking to improve their appearance without taking the risk of going under the knife. These gentle and gradual treatments leave patients satisfied with their great results. If this treatment interests you, give our office a call today!

Dr. David S. Sax

Dr. David Sax is a board certified dermatologist in sarasota and an expert in Mohs surgery for skin cancer. He is dedicated to bringing you clinical excellence, highly personalized treatments, and accessible and efficient service. Whether you need treatment for a medical skin condition, or want to achieve a more youthful look with cosmetic or spa services, you’ll find state-of-the-art solutions right here.

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