How Can I Prepare My Skin for Photofacial Treatment?

By: Dr. Sarah Donahue


Are you considering a photofacial to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a more youthful appearance? If so, you're probably wondering how to prepare your skin for this popular treatment. Dr. Sarah Donahue at Instinct Holistic Medical Spa in Bozeman, MT specializes in photofacial treatments and can guide you through the process. Keep reading to learn more about photofacials and the measures you can take to ensure your skin is ready for treatment.

What does a photofacial do for your skin?

A photofacial, also known as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that uses light energy to target various skin concerns. It can effectively treat issues like sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. The light energy penetrates deep into the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting cellular turnover. As a result, you can expect a more even skin tone, improved texture, and reduced signs of aging.

Are photofacials good for your skin?

Photofacials are generally considered safe and beneficial for most skin types. However, you should consult with a qualified professional like Dr. Donahue before proceeding with the treatment. She will assess your skin condition, discuss your expectations, and determine if a photofacial is right for you. Keep in mind that photofacials are not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions or those who are pregnant.

How does a photofacial work?

During a photofacial treatment, Dr. Donahue will apply a specialized gel to your skin to enhance light penetration. She will then use a handheld device to deliver precise pulses of light energy to the targeted areas. You may experience a warm or tingling sensation, but it is generally well-tolerated. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin in your skin or blood vessels, depending on the specific concern being addressed. Over time, these pigmented cells or vessels will break down and be naturally removed by your body, leading to improved skin appearance.

What can I do before a photofacial?

For optimal results and to minimize any potential side effects, it is important to prepare your skin before a photofacial. Here are some ways you can prepare your skin for photofacial treatment:

  • Avoid direct sun exposure: Protect your skin from the sun for at least two weeks before your treatment.
  • Discontinue certain skin care products: Stop using any retinoids, exfoliating agents, or harsh skin care products a week before your appointment, as they can increase skin sensitivity.
  • Inform Dr. Donahue about your medical history: It is crucial to disclose any medical conditions, medications, or allergies you have.
  • Follow any additional instructions: Dr. Donahue may provide specific instructions based on your unique needs.

Achieve radiant, rejuvenated skin with a photofacial

Experience the transformative power of a photofacial and rediscover your natural radiance. If you're ready to embark on a journey toward a more youthful and revitalized complexion, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarah Donahue at Instinct Holistic Medical Spa in Bozeman, MT.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.