As with any procedure performed at the De Vries Cosmetic Centre, a photofacial begins with a thorough consultation. During this time, your patient care coordinator reviews every aspect of your goals and performs an examination to sort out which treatment options will best suit your needs. It is an important part of our practice philosophy that we only deliver procedures that we truly feel will help a patient. Your initial consultation and examination help us get a total understanding of your unique case, allowing us to guide you through the proper cosmetic treatment.
Before treatment begins, your practitioner will apply a cooling gel to the surface of your face. This is to both protect your healthy skin cells and provide you with total comfort throughout the procedure. Photofacials are usually done without anesthetic, but patients with sensitive skin may prefer a mild sedative to help with any pain. This aspect of your treatment will be discussed beforehand.
Now the IPL laser treatment begins. Using a specialized handpiece, your practitioner gently delivers the IPL to the appropriate treatment area. The light serves to treat superficial blemishes while also heating the underlying collagen layer, causing it to expand. With each pulse of light, your skin gets a jolt of beautifying energy, helping it to look and feel its best.