Letting Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter administer a Photofacial™ is a decision many patients have used to improve the way they look. A Photofacial™, also known as IPL, BBL, or Photorejuvenation, can reduce wrinkles, sun damage, and pigmented acne scarring. It is also one of the few skin revitalization procedures that is proven to treat rosacea, reducing redness and flushing. The treatment can also handle certain skin conditions such as age spots, pigmentation abnormality, enlarged pores, and vascular legions with less patient recovery time than many laser and chemical peel technologies require. Areas that can be treated include the face, chest, neck, and hands.
The Photofacial™ procedure is also referred to as Broad Band Pulsed Light Therapy. A Photofacial™ treatment session in our Bethesda office lasts for about 15 to 45 minutes depending upon the particular needs of the patient. The light used during the procedure pulses at a variety of wavelengths, allowing the different layers of skin to be penetrated so that all the abnormalities can be targeted. As the treatment progresses, collagen and blood vessels under the top layer of skin begin to tighten, producing smoother looking skin and a decrease in discoloration. You may still experience some swelling and light peeling for a few days following the procedure, but unlike many other facial cosmetic surgical procedures, you can usually return to work the next day.