Category: Facial & Leg Veins

FotoFacial: What is it? Who is it for?

The FotoFacial, performed on the BBL (which is an advanced IPL technology), is one of the top rejuvenation technologies around today that offers a no-downtime, anti-aging treatment to complement and maintain laser skin resurfacing, as well as corrects sun damage and redness. If you struggle with age spots, spider veins, acne, rosacea, uneven skin texture, or sun damage, a FotoFacial treatment can effectively treat these skin concerns in a non-invasive way with virtually no downtime. One of the best things about the FotoFacial treatment is that it can be fine-tuned for almost any skin type, enabling most people to benefit. While any area of the body can be treated, the most common areas we see patients for are the face, neck, chest, and other areas exposed to damage from the sunlight. In this post, we’re going to answer some of the most common questions when it comes to the FotoFacial treatment.

Q: Do IPL and BBL mean the same thing?
While both treatments use light technology, there are important differences between the two
  • IPL uses intense pulsed light. You have limited correction of skin pigmentation and redness because there are fewer customization options. 
  • BBL uses broadband light. We like to think of this as “Advanced IPL.” This type of treatment offers more light which can be narrowed to more specific spectrums with different filters to provide more customization for acne, redness, pigmentation, and skin revitalization. 
Q: Which FotoFacial technology does Dermacare use?
At Dermacare Hampton Roads, we use Sciton’s BBL (Broad Band Light) technology, which is an advanced IPL. 

Q: What skin conditions can the FotoFacial treat?
BBL FotoFacial can treat: freckles, age spots, spider veins, irregular pigmentation, sun damage, rosacea, redness and flushing, acne, and uneven skin texture.

Q: I have a darker skin tone, can I get a BBL FotoFacial? 
At Dermacare Hampton Roads, we like to assess each patient with a thorough consultation to learn about their skin and about their skin needs. That being said, generally, if you have darker skin tone, BBL FotoFacial may not be the best choice for you as it can sometimes result in hyperpigmentation. For people with darker skin looking to achieve some of the effects of BBL FotoFacial, we might recommend Discovery Pico laser treatments or Vivace Radiofrequency Microneedling treatments. 

Q: On average how many treatments are required to achieve the desired results?
Usually, a series of three treatments is adequate for correcting superficial brown spots and pigmentation. Redness and vascular issues may require 4-6 treatments to correct or control.  Following correction of pigmentation and redness, we recommend single Forever Young BBL treatments spaced 3-4 months apart to maintain results and to provide beautiful anti-aging effects. (Forever Young BBL treatments are very similar to BBL FotoFacials, with just minimal correction of pigmentation needed.)

Q: Will I have to undergo any type of anesthesia for the treatment? Will there be any downtime afterward?
Generally, there is no need for even a topical anesthetic, and in most cases, you are able to apply makeup and continue on with your daily activities immediately after treatment.

Q: How long does each individual treatment session last?
A true comprehensive BBL FotoFacial calls for multiple passes over the skin with different filters in order to target different chromophores and issues with the skin. As such, our FotoFacials normally take a solid 40-45 minutes to perform.

Q: What does aftercare look like? Will I experience any redness or irritation?
We may recommend skincare products, especially a good sunscreen, as you will be sensitive to ultraviolet light and should avoid direct sun exposure for a few days until any pinkness has resolved. During the actual procedure, you may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Afterward, you may experience some minor redness that should resolve within a few hours to a day or so. For superficial pigmented lesions, you will see a darkening or “peppering” of the spots, followed by fading and sloughing within several days.

Q: How long does it take to see results from the FotoFacial?
Most patients see more immediate correction of superficial sun spots, often even after the first treatment, as they tend to pepper and slough off within several days. The pigmentation of deeper sunspots gets “broken up” by the BBL energy and then gets reabsorbed by your skin over a period of weeks. Redness and vascular issues may take a few treatments before improvements are seen. Individual results can vary according to your skin condition and the number of treatments recommended.

Q: What can I expect my skin to look and feel like after the series of FotoFacial treatments are fully completed?
Your treated skin will feel smoother; fine lines and pores will be less noticeable; and sunspots, uneven pigmentation, and redness will be faded.

Q: Exactly how does the FotoFacial work?
The light energy delivered by the BBL will be absorbed preferentially by the different targeted chromophores or colors in the skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to purge pigmentation, decrease vasculature and redness, and stimulate new collagen production. Additionally, it has been proven in a published, scientific study that treating the skin with BBL energy actually changes the gene expression of your skin cells, encouraging your cells to express or act more like 20-year-old cells! This is where the anti-aging effects of the BBL technology is fully realized.

Q: Do I need to come to my appointment with all makeup removed? Anything else I should know prior to my treatment?
It is important for your sunscreen and makeup to be fully removed prior to each BBL treatment. We will help you remove it if you are coming to your appointment from work or your daily activities with sunscreen and/or makeup applied. During your appointment, the expert who performs your procedure will be wearing a mask for the safety of all parties involved.

If you have any questions about the BBL FotoFacial treatment,
please give our office a call at (757) 330-5802, or
set up a FREE consultation here. 
5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

MedSpas offer a variety of treatments and products designed and clinically proven to improve many skin conditions. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we are a MedSpa equipped to treat acne, rosacea, dry or dehydrated skin, sun damage, pigmentation issues, and fine lines and wrinkles. Our treatments can cosmetically improve your skin and make you look younger, but they’re far more than just cosmetic. MedSpa treatments can improve skin health.

MedSpa vs. Day Spa

MedSpas are set apart from day spa treatments by technology. Dermacare is unique thanks to the variety of lasers and light-based treatments that we offer and how they can improve the overall skin health. We carry advanced technologies, such as lasers, fillers, Botox, and medical-grade skincare products. One of the many lasers we offer is the Sciton Forever Young BBL. It’s a revolutionary laser system that targets skin imperfections at a cellular level. It can improve skin health and provides major short-term and long-term benefits.

#1: Treatment of Common Skin Concerns

Who doesn’t like accomplishing two things at once, especially when it’s effortless? That’s what MedSpa treatments like Forever Young BBL can do for you. Not only can Forever Young repair damaged skin, but it can also offer age-defying benefits. The broadband light treatment safely and precisely treats numerous skin conditions, and it doesn’t matter where the skin is affected. Forever Young can be used anywhere on the body to treat common skin conditioning including:
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Facial veins

#2: Anti-Aging Benefits

The Forever Young treatment specifically targets skin cells and alters the expression of the genes associated with the aging process to closely mimic the look and feel of younger skin. But that’s not the only treatment we offer with anti-aging benefits. Almost all of our services contribute to skin rejuvenation in different ways. Your skin’s health – everything from its immune system to the amount of damage it has endured over the years – shows. MedSpa treatments are not merely cosmetic because the most ideal results and anti-aging benefits are achieved by improving and maintaining skin health.

#3: Anywhere, Anytime

Forever Young BBL is effective on all body areas, and it’s not the only treatment capable of generating results. It’s often used to treat the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. A consultation with one of our specialists is necessary to determine your candidacy for this procedure. During your consultation, we’ll assess your goals and recommend the best treatments for achieving them.

#4: No Surgery, No Downtime

Most of our MedSpa treatments are non-invasive and require limited to no downtime. In most cases, our patients can carry on with their daily activities after most procedures.

#5: Long-Lasting Results

Further studies conclude that patients with regular Forever Young BBL treatments see long-lasting results. These studies also include patients who were treated more than 10 years ago! Each of our treatments generates lasting results in various ways, but much of the success of maintaining visible improvements with MedSpa treatments depends on consistent and correct skincare at home. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin and advise you on how to maintain your results between visits. Let’s talk skincare! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.
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