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Photofacial

A photofacial is a special type of laser treatment for the face.  Often a photofacial involves treating the entire face for sun damage.  A photofacial is usually done to treat both brown spots and blood vessels that have developed on the face from sun exposure.

Photofacial Laser Treatment

What is a photofacial?

A photofacial is a special type of laser treatment for the face.  Often a photofacial involves treating the entire face for sun damage.  A photofacial is usually done to treat both brown spots and blood vessels that have developed on the face from sun exposure.

What type of laser is used with a photofacial?

Intense Pulsed Light is used for a photofacial most commonly.  Different settings are used based on the size of the blood vessels and the darkness of your sunspots.

How long does a photofacial take?

Depending on your type of skin it can take between 15 and 30 minutes.

Does a photofacial hurt?

Usually photofacials feel like the snap of a rubberband, slight discomfort, but not usually painful.  If there is mild discomfort with the laser it is usually gone within a few minutes after the procedure.

How much down-time should I plan for after a photofacial?

After a photofacial most people look sunburned for a few hours and can easily return to work the next day.  Rarely, there can be some bruising and, if this happens, it can last for a few days or even a week.  Dr. Janiga recommends that you do not plan any big events or meetings right after the procedure especially the first time you have it.

How many treatments will I need for my photofacial?

The number of treatments needed is related to the amount of sun damage, blood vessels and sunspots on the face and your individual response to the laser.  Most people have 1-3 treatments.

For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga for your photofacial evaluation in our Reno dermatology office, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Appointment length varies and depends on severity of condition or other contributing factors, but is usually not more than 15-30 minutes.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.