We do not recommend light or laser therapy treatments for melasma. We recommend chemical peels, gold infusion, microneedling and PRP treatments for this skin concern.
What is the downtime? Can I go back to work after my treatment?
Your skin may look and feel like you have a mild sunburn after the treatment. This can be covered up with makeup and you can return to work immediately after the treatment.
When will I see results?
Pigment will initially darken and improve around 10 days after the treatment when exfoliated from the skin. Redness improves during the treatment or over the next several days after the treatment. Facial vessels improve during the treatment or over the next several days after the treatment.
How long do results last?
Results from treatment are permanent. We recommend diligent lifestyle measures and a Skin Pharm skin care routine to maintain results.
Does it hurt?
The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by patients. No anesthesia is needed.
Are there any other side effects I should know about?
The most common side effects include a mild sunburn look and feel, swelling and rarely hyper or hypopigmentation.
When can I wear makeup again?
Makeup may be worn immediately following the treatment.
I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I get photofacials?
We recommend receiving clearance from your OBGYN prior to treatment if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Broken facial vessels
Fine lines and wrinkles
Acne and surgical scars
Schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event. Redness, swelling and peeling may be apparent in that time period.
Let the provider know if you have a history of cold sores. An antiviral may be prescribed.
You may not have an active rash in the area being treated.
Discontinue use of photo-sensitizing medications/drugs (i.e. doxycycline, minocycline) at least 72 hours prior to treatment.
Avoid sun tanning, tanning beds or self-tanners 2 weeks prior to treatment.
Avoidance of Accutane for the past 6 months is required.
Avoidance of IPL/BBL, laser procedures and waxing for the past 7 days is required.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, you must receive clearance from OB/GYN.
Bruising, redness, swelling and sensitivity might be present (and last up to a few days).
Do not pick or scratch at treated skin.
Avoid sun tanning and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Avoid heat (i.e. saunas, hot tubs) for 1-2 days.
May restart regular skin care routine immediately after. We recommend waiting 24 hours to restart chemical and physical exfoliants.
If exposed to the sun, always use broad spectrum SPF 30+ and reapply every 2 hours.
Treated pigment will turn darker (brown to black) within 24-48 hours then exfoliate off the face in approximately one week and off the body in approximately 2-3 weeks.
Treated vascular lesions may have a “bug bite” appearance and usually resolve in 1-2 days.