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Foto Facial

Foto Facial is used to improve aging skin. Life's pleasures and stresses can take their toll on our skin and cause us to look older. Sun exposure can cause of damage to our skin. And, as we grow old, our skin experiences various natural and environmental changes that are associated with redness, including the symptoms of rosacea, flushing, broken blood vessels, pigmentation discoloration, such as freckles and sun damage.

A remarkable new technology called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) can treat these developments with a very special flash of light. Radiant Images Laser Center provides free Foto Facials consultations at two locations in the San Francisco Bay area; San Ramon and Mountain View.

About Foto Facial treatments?

Foto Facial Treatments are full face, neck and/or chest treatments using pulses of visible light that effectively improve facial redness and flushing as well as the visible signs of sun damage and aging.

It was developed and first introduced by Board-certified dermatologist, Patrick Bitter Jr. MD as a non invasive method of photo-rejuvenation to improve the appearance of the skin with no downtime. A laser medical device (Altus CoolGlide) are used to deliver a series of gentle pulses of light to the skin. Specific settings are selected for each treatment for optimal results.

A series of five or more treatments are performed at three week intervals. The benefits of FotoFacial treatments are consistent, visible improvement in the skin with no downtime, little discomfort and minimal risk. With Foto Facial treatments the embarrassing redness and flushing of rosacea can be greatly reduced and sun damaged, aging skin can be dramatically improved.

What treatments are available?

A new procedure is now available that treats a combination of changes in facial skin — the changes that may often be the earliest and most dramatic signs of aging. The procedure is called IPL Skin Treatment. Because Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) treats multiple factors in your skin, this treatment is ideal for many patients. In addition, it is a procedure that fits the lifestyle of active people because it requires no downtime - you can resume work or other activities immediately.

As we age, changes in the small blood vessels of the skin may cause red broken capillaries to appear on the surface. Other vascular changes may appear as a generalized redness in one area, or even the entire face, known as rosacea. This can be quite severe, and may be accompanied by episodes of flushing that are very difficult to control. In fact, many rosacea patients are desperate for a solution to this annoying and embarrassing problem, as topical creams and other treatments are rarely effective. Other symptoms of vascular changes may appear as a red blotchy complexion that may not be related to aging at all.

The second major category of skin changes is photo-aging, the source of the changes in pigment and color brought about by exposure to the sun. Even in regions not thought of as sunny, our faces are always exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays. Almost everyone eventually begins to show freckles of brown pigment and other types of sun-damage spots - on the face, and often on the chest and the hands, as well.

For extreme cases of any of the above problems, medical procedures have been developed with good success, including laser skin resurfacing and surgical facelifts. But many people do not need an invasive procedure requiring considerable healing time. They can now be treated with non-invasive, non-laser Intense Pulsed Light.

This procedure usually consists of four to six treatments, at three weeks intervals. The program gives you gradual, not sudden, improvement that is remarkable. A treatment takes between twently and forty minutes. The light is transmitted through the small, smooth, flat glass surface. The handpiece is gently against your skin by the operator. Treatment is administered to the whole face each time, for a much more aesthetically pleasing look than can be obtained by treating just one problem area, as with certain lasers that deliver a tiny spot of light. It is very effective for use on the neck, the chest, or the hands, as well as the face. No downtime.

How doon will I see results?

After your first treatment, your skin will feel smoother and will have a more even tone. These improvements are gradual and will be more visible after each treatment. Five treatments are performed for optimal results. Some patients will benefit from an additional treatments.