As we age, damage to our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays can appear as areas of discoloration, such as rosacea and sunspots (age spots) and affect the way our skin looks. Photofacial is an effective, non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can reduce the signs of aging in the skin and improve an individual’s overall appearance. This FDA-approved technology applies intense pulsed light (IPL) directly to the surface of the skin to safely eliminate imperfections deep beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin). At his Mesa, Arizona practice, Dr. Hiatt offers photofacial treatments for men and women who want to attain a youthful look without undergoing invasive surgical procedures.

The Ideal Candidate for Photofacial Treatment

The best candidates for photofacial treatment are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure may have blotchy discolorations or fine wrinkles.

Photofacials can improve the following conditions:

  • Sunspots (age spots)
  • Rosacea
  • Birthmarks
  • Dlated capillariies
  • Spider veins
  • Acne scars
  • Natural effects of aging

During your initial consultation, Dr. Hiatt will evaluate the condition of your skin to determine if a photofacial is right for you.

Photofacial Treatment

Photofacial treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and takes less than an hour to complete. Although anesthetic is not required, it is available if the patient desires it. During treatment, pulses of light are delivered directly to the skin in a variety of wavelengths, which allows the light to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin. Typically, more than one treatment is needed to attain the most improved appearance possible, but patients often notice a noticeable improvement after each photofacial procedure.

Photofacial Recovery

After a photofacial is complete, the skin may appear slightly red and swollen; this is normal and will subside over the coming hours and days. There is no significant downtime associated with photofacial treatments and in many instances, patients return to work and their daily routine immediately after they leave the facility.

Photofacial Risks

The chances of any complications developing after photofacial treatment are very low. Although rare, patients can experience the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring

It is important that you follow Dr. Hiatt’s postoperative instructions to ensure the quickest and safest recovery possible.

Photofacial Costs

Generally, insurance will not cover photofacial treatment since it is strictly considered a cosmetic procedure. The average cost of photofacial treatment depends on the number of treatments that an individual has done and the areas that are performed on. On average, the total cost of a single photofacial treatment is $300-$500. During your consultation, Dr. Hiatt will give you an exact price of what you can expect to pay for your photofacial treatment.

To eliminate blemishes and improve the appearance of your skin, we welcome you contact our Arizona practice. Please call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online consultation form today. Dr. Hiatt looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation and helping you achieve more youthful looking skin.