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Ease Problematic Skin With Fotofacial/IPL

Apr 17, 2008
Every year, millions of people with problematic skin problems see their dermatologist. Some of these issues are fine lines and wrinkles, persistent red complexion, acne scars, sun spots, large pores and other blemishes in which treatments involving chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing have been used to enhance these conditions. Intense pulsed light, also referred to as photorejuvenation is a new, non-ablative technique that treats the conditions described above.

The FotoFacial IPL hand piece provides high intensity pulses of broadband light which is different from the narrow band laser light. FotoFacial does not damage the skin's surface, and is an intense light provided to the deeper parts of the skin, or dermis, which leaves the superficial part of the skin, or epidermis, untouched.

There are many versions of FotoFacial IPL offered on the market that aim at different areas of the skin, where the condition being treated is taken into consideration. The PhotoDerm VL aims at vascular lesions like spider veins and vascular birthmarks. The PhotoDerm PL aims at pigmented lesions like melasma and age spots. The PhotoDerm HR and Epilight aim at hair. The thermal effect of FotoFacial IPL also creates new collagen production, which leads to wrinkle improvement.

FotoFacial IPL, unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, will not damage the skin surface therefore virtually no recovery time is required. Treatments for this procedure will take approximately 30-45 minutes so the patient may apply makeup before they leave the office and will be able to go back to work the same day. There is also little pain with FotoFacial, which is unlike laser or radiofrequency resurfacing. Both of those require topical anesthetic. Also, with FotoFacial, a much larger area may be treated at one time than with laser treatment.

The FotoFacial procedure helps to rejuvenate skin with hardly any patient downtime. This procedure utilizes a line of full-face treatments and light parameters, creating consistent and dramatic improvements from sun damage, redness, flushing, and broken capillaries.

* 88% of patients saw smoother skin with noticeable improvement in irregular pigmentation, pore size and fine wrinkles, according to a study by Dr. Bitter Jr. that was published in Dermatologic Surgery 2000.

* Redness, flushing, and symptoms of rosacea are enhanced on average more than 75% after treatments.

* Every treatment takes 20 minutes, and does not require any anesthesia, and patients may be able to return to regular activities immediately after treatments.

The FotoFacial technique has been presented by Dr. Bitter Jr. and results of his studies presented to doctors nationally and internationally. Most recently, he showed the results to doctors at the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery in Athens, Greece. Dr. Bitter Jr., and the FotoFacial treatment are sometimes featured on national television. He has also developed a FotoFacialTM Training Program to educate physicians and nurses from around the world on how to do this procedure to achieve reproducible, consistent results with no patient downtime.

Take your time finding someone you can trust, and feel comfortable with, to perform this procedure for you. Make sure it's a highly qualified health professional with expertise in the specialty you are interested in.
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Visit www.onlinesurgery.com to find a FotoFacial specialist. You can find everything from weight loss and bariatric surgery, cosmetic and plastic surgery to weight loss specialists and vein treatments. Find a surgeon near you!
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