Photofacials – Candela® – Scottsdale, AZ*

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About Photofacials

If you are bothered by how your skin looks because of sun damage, dark spots, or other blemishes, you could benefit from a Candela GentleMax Pro photofacial treatment. A photofacial is a treatment that can significantly yet subtly rejuvenate the skin for adults with multiple types of complexion problems on their face and neck. The Candela photofacial is not considered an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce amazing results. Intense dual wavelengths of light warm the skin from deep within the tissue, just enough to set off the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. As this added nutrient takes effect, you should see a healthier skin layer with a more even tone, added firmness, and decreased spots of pigmentation. Unlike many other photofacial technologies, the Candela photofacial is safe for all skin types and tones.

Ideal Candidates

A photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to treat many complexion blemishes (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no recovery needed. Ideal candidates for a Candela photofacial may have several problems with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, age and sun spots, spider veins, and slight loss of elasticity. Dr. Starkman or our medical aesthetician will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for a Candela photofacial during your private consultation.

Procedure Technique

Photofacial procedures are done in one of the minor procedures rooms in our Scottsdale, AZ office in about 20 – 30 minutes. To start the procedure, the aesthetician will clean and dry your skin before covering your eyes with shields. The photofacial is administered using a handheld device that is passed over the skin while emitting pulses of laser light. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the photofacial, it is generally tolerable for the quick treatment time.

What to Expect

There is no recovery period associated with a photofacial, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little pink and swollen. This will go away on its own in about a day — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery recommends that patients use an ointment on their skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take an anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling. After several days, the irregularities that rested under your skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's very important to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after a photofacial and not pick at your skin while it heals. While you should see visible results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several photofacial sessions. Dr. Starkman recommends approximately 3 – 6 treatments scheduled about once a month at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a photofacial cost?
Your skin is unique, which means the cost of your photofacial treatment will vary based on your unique goals. Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery accepts several payment methods. During your initial visit, we can help estimate your cost and determine the number of treatments needed to fit your needs, goals, and budget.

How quick are the results from a photofacial?
Visible improvements can usually be seen after one photofacial, but final results develop around one month after your last treatment. It’s common for patients to see different types of results and skin responses following each session. You should notice the fading of redness, blotchiness, and spots (age, brown, and sun) over time.

What are the possible side effects of a photofacial?
It's common to experience mild side effects, like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, bruising, or superficial blisters. These go away on their own 2 – 3 days following your treatment. You will be sun sensitive, and you should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will negatively affect the results of the procedure. We also recommend using sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent damage, like redness and spots.

Do I need to prep for a photofacial?
To prepare for a photofacial treatment, patients are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the appointment. You might need to discontinue the use of certain medications and topical creams, like Retin-A, several days before each procedure. You may also want to start taking ibuprofen or aspirin for 5 – 7 days before the appointment to reduce inflammation, which lowers your chance of bruising. You should also use sun protection (like a hat and sunscreen).

Why should I get multiple photofacial sessions?
We recommend getting a series of photofacial treatments to produce natural-looking improvements to the appearance of your skin. Each session helps to reduce surface irregularities and spots. Undergoing several sessions also helps produce longer-lasting results.

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Average Cost  
$300 - $350
Recovery Time  
1 Day
Average Procedure Time  
1 – 2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
3 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
In-Office
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Get Your Glow Back

You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when it was youthful and clear. However, now that environmental damage, including spots and other blemishes, are developing, you may be interested in treatments that correct your appearance. We invite you to learn more about photofacial treatments by calling our Scottsdale, AZ office and scheduling a skin examination with Dr. Starkman. With photofacial treatments, we can go deep within the layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.

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