What is a Fotofacial RF?
A Fotofacial RF is a rejuvenating laser treatment that improves skin color, texture, tone, and clarity. Dr. Davis generally performs Fotofacial RF treatments on the face, but any sun-damaged area, such as the chest or hands, can be treated. Both red and brown spots will be reduced by this procedure. Dr. Davis uses the elós Aurora™ intense pulse light with bi-polar radio frequency machine. This technology combines broad band light (to treat red and brown discoloration) with radio frequency for skin tightening. Large or focal areas of redness, such as from rosacea, genetic predisposition, sun damage, broken capillaries, etc. can be improved with this treatment. Broad or small areas of pigmentation such as staining from birth control pills, sun spots, pigment after acne, etc. can all be eliminated/reduced with Fotofacial RF treatments. Generally a series of 3-6 monthly sessions are needed, but scheduling is flexible and customized for the individual. When satisfaction is achieved, treatments are stopped.
What results can I expect from Fotofacial RF treatments with Dr. Davis?
These treatments will give you brighter, tighter skin with more uniform coloration. Your pore size will also be reduced, leaving you with a more youthful appearance and glow. Brown spots will lessen and red areas will fade. Generally there is no downtime. A Fotofacial RF of the face takes Dr. Davis between 30 to 45 minutes to perform, which needs to be reserved in advance.
Is there any pain from a Fotofacial RF with Dr. Davis?
The discomfort of the procedure has been compared to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. Most people can tolerate a Fotofacial RF treatment with just contact cooling from our laser handpiece and the separate Syner-cool air blower. However you can opt to sit with anesthetic cream for 30 minutes prior to the procedure for maximum comfort. You would purchase a jar of anesthetic cream in our office and we would write your name on the label for use on that day and on future treatments.
Is there any special care that should be taken after a Fotofacial RF treatment?
During the first five days following your procedure, you should try to avoid infecting the treated area; eliminate hot baths, massages, facials, or activities involving excessive sweating (no exercising, sauna, steam, etc). Sun block of SPF 30 or higher is recommended immediately after the procedure and should be used for at least a month after your treatment to prevent pigment from returning and the sun from burning your new skin. Tanning after treatment may cause hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and should be avoided.
How many Fotofacial RF treatments will Dr. Davis have to perform on me?
Generally 3 to 6 monthly treatments are necessary. The amount you will need is based on your desired results and how fast your skin responds to treatment. You do not have to book a series of treatments all at once. When you are satisfied with your results there is no need to proceed further. Just remember that to preserve your improved skin you must continue wearing SPF 30+ daily. For more severe skin damage, or for more rapid results, you may instead choose to have a stronger treatment; Photodynamic (Laser) Therapy. During this treatment Dr. Davis applies a topical light absorbing chemical prior to your laser treatment, which intensifies the laser. Generally, just 3 photodynamic treatments are needed to achieve desired results. We use the same elōs Aurora™ IPL with RF as in a regular Fotofacial RF. (See page on Photodynamic Therapy for the treatment of Sun Damage.)
What are the limitations of a Fotofacial RF?
This treatment is not recommended for dark Hispanic or Black skin since it can cause a disturbance in dark pigmentation. We can safely and effectively treat Caucasian and Asian skin, and lighter Hispanic complexions. The Fotofacial RF, like all laser treatments is not advised if you are pregnant. When we perform a Fotofacial RF on a man’s face, we do not treat the hair bearing areas. Only the forehead, temples, nose, and upper cheeks are treated so that there is no hair loss from the laser treatment. We would not want to interfere with the ability to grow a mustache or beard at a later date. (The same would apply for the stronger Photodynamic Therapy for the treatment of sun damage and acne.)