How FotoFacial RF™ Treatments Work
A FotoFacial RF™ treatment with our Syneron lasers will significantly improve your skin’s texture and appearance by evening out the color of your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and refining enlarged pores. The treatment requires zero downtime and is especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest, and hands.
The Intense Pulsed Light heats the dermis and pulls pigment (brown spots) to the surface of your skin. The spots will darken and appear look like fine coffee grounds. This pigment either absorbs into the body or flakes off in the days following the treatment.
The Intense Pulsed Light heats and collapses the blood vessels, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The collapsed blood vessels are absorbed into the body.
Intense Pulsed Light treatments also stimulate the skin’s collagen filling in the space around your pores. Often clients ask about “enlarged pores.” Pores do not actually become larger. They only look larger due to collage breaking down as we age. When collagen is stimulated the pores appear to shrink.
Number of Treatments
The number of treatments you’ll need will depend on your skin tone, amount of damage to be repaired and desired goal. Typically, clients need three to five treatments.
Even Skin Tone!
Immediately following the treatment, you’ll see your brown spots darken. You’ll probably realize that there was more uneven pigmentation than you realized. This is a sign that the treatment is working! Over the next few days the spots will be absorbed by the body or flake off leaving revitalized skin behind.
- Fotofacial Face - $350
- Fotofacial Chest - $350
- Fotofacial Neck - $250
- Fotofacial Face & Neck- $500
- Fotofacial Face & Chest - $600
- Fotofacial Face, Neck & Chest - $750
What to Expect
- Under the supervision of our Medical Director, our licensed Medical Aesthetician will perform a complete medical history to make sure you are a good candidate for FotoFacial RF™ treatment.
- We will determine your skin type based on the Fitzpatrick scale in order to determine the accurate laser settings.
- While lying on one of Ambrosia’s extra wide, heated reclining medical beds, your Medical Aesthetician clean the area to be treated with alcohol and a cotton bandage.
- Your Medical Aesthetician will then apply a gel (similar in feel to Aloe Vera gel) to the area to be treated.
- The tip of the laser will be placed on the surface of your skin. A cooling tip at the end of the laser cools the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). The Intense Pulsed Light heats the dermis and pulls pigment to the surface of your skin. As the laser fires, you will feel a sensation similar to a rubber band being snapped on the skin.
- Once the area has been treated your Medical Aesthetician will clean off the remaining gel and apply topical calming cream to your skin. Sun screen will also be applied before you leave the spa.
- Immediately following treatment, affected spots may start to darken. Minor redness and swelling is common as well. Cool compresses can soothe any discomfort. Over the next few days, spots may be absorbed by the body or flake off. Microdermabrasion is recommended as a complement to this treatment within 10-14 days to help exfoliate.
Frequently Asked Questions About FotoFacial
What types of things can be treated?
Broken capillaries, sun damage, hyper/ hypopigmentation, enlarged pores and Rosacea.
How much does FotoFacial RF™ cost?
Individual cost varies depending on your age, the condition of your skin, your desired results and the area you'd like treated… face, neck, chest and or hands. Treatments range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand depending on the area and whether or not you buy a series of treatments. If cost is a concern we do offer interest free financing. The process is very simple and only takes a few minutes to process. Treatments are also available with Levulan® Kerastick® for an additional fee.
Is there any pre treatment necessary?
For darker skin types, pre treatment with a skin lightening agent might be necessary for one to two weeks to decrease the melanin production.
Is there any post treatment necessary?
A good sun block is required daily while in treatment and for six weeks after treatment. If possible, you should plan to stay out of the sun as much as possible during this time.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal discomfort. It feels like a rubber band snap. Topical anesthesia can be used for areas that are more sensitive. Taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen prior to the treatment may be helpful.
How will I look and feel after the treatment?
You won’t look much different immediately after the procedure, but over the next 24 hours your skin will probably become somewhat pink and a bit swollen, similar to sunburn. The skin may also feel sensitive: these side effects are normal and expected, and will subside after about 48 hours. Most guests are delighted with the outcome, even after just one treatment. Typically skin is younger and healthier looking.
Is it permanent?
No. Uneven pigmentation is typically caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. If you expose your skin to the sun again, you will cause more damage and the hyperpigmentation will return.
Will Tanning Damage My Skin?
Yes. Tan skin is not healthy skin. If you’re skin is tanned, it has been damaged. A tan is our body’s way of telling us our skin has been damaged, and its attempt to protect itself from further damage. Exposure from UVA and UVB light from the sun’s rays or from tanning beds, damages our skin and more often than not, creates age spots (solar lentigines), sun spots, liver spots, poikiloderma (reddish–brown areas of discoloration) and melasma (mottled brownish areas).
What is Hypopigmentation?
Hypopigmentation is the loss of color in the skin due to the reduction in melanin.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation may be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries, including those related to acne vulgaris. Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin. Hyperpigmentation can be diffuse or focal, affecting such areas as the face and the back of the hands.
Sun/Age Spots & Broken Capillaries (diffuse redness)
Sun spots (lentigines) are small flat pigmented spots, similar to freckles that are most often seen on sun exposed skin. They are different from freckles in that they do not usually change color when exposed to the sun. Age spots and brown spots are also common phrases for age spots.
Broken capillaries are small visible veins typically on the nose or cheeks and diffuse redness can appear all over the face looking like an unhealthy blush of redness.
How are Sun Spots Caused?
Prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays causes color changes in the pigment of the skin resulting in benign pigmented (melanocytic) lesions that are usually dark brown to black. In the process of trying to protect us from the sun's harmful rays, our skin and lips develops excess melanin (pigment). This excess pigment shows up in the form of sun spots, and as we age, our skin thins causing these spots to become more visible. Sun spots may occur anywhere but usually appear on areas of the body that are subject to high sun exposure – the face, shoulders, neck, ears, and back of the hands.
How are Broken Capillaries and Redness caused?
Visible veins and the blush of redness can also be caused by the sun as well as prolonged wind exposure, poor diet, medications, repeated consumption of alcoholic beverages, chemotherapy, illnesses and more.