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What does a Photofacial do?

It improves your skin tone. Plain and simple. Palomar’s photorejuvenation process offers comfortable and effective photofacials to treat sun damage, unsightly veins, and ultimately makes a noticeable improvement in your appearance.

What conditions does it treat?

The photorejuvenation process uses pulses of concentrated light to treat:

  • Sun Damage: Wide areas of pigmentation on face, neck, chest, and other areas.

  • Sunspots: Pigmented lesions, also known as age spots.

  • Rosacea: General inflammation of the cheeks and face.

  • Spider Veins: Individual vessels, which can be red or purple.


Can I resume my workday or regular activities after a treatment?

Yes, you can. Our photorejuvenation process is skin-safe, comfortable, and effective, with little to no downtime. And most importantly, your appointment is quick!

How does the Palomar pulsed light system work?

Palomar Systems use specialized hand pieces which filter light to target blood vessels and pigmented lesions. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as sunspot removal and vessel clearance.

The hand piece emits pulses of light into the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in visible vessels, which typically fade from view within two weeks.

How is Palomar pulsed light different from a laser?

Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but Palomar Pulsed Light Systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin which allows for faster coverage and a quicker treatment.

What body areas can I have treated?

The face, neck, chest, arms, back, and legs can all be treated, except directly around the eyes.

What are the treatments like?

During the treatment, your technician will move the hand piece over your skin, pulsing it all the while. Each pulse will send a beam of light through your skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the hand piece is being pulsed.


What should I expect after the treatment?


Right after the treatment, you can expect a mild, sunburn - like sensation and possibly minor swelling. This usually lasts for 2 – 24 hours and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs.

  • Sunspots/Sun Damage: The sunspots will darken in color after the treatment and will naturally shed from the skin within 1 – 2 weeks.

  • Rosacea: Your skin tone will be less red within a week after treatment.

  • Spider Veins: Vessels may disappear after treatment or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10-14 days.

Typically, a few visits will be necessary to treat sunspots, rosacea, and spider veins.

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