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Photofacial rejuvenation is a state-of-the-art skin treatment that is used to erase damage on the skin’s surface creating a younger and healthier looking skin. It is effective in treating a variety of skin imperfections including fine wrinkles, freckles, age spots, noncancerous lesions, and blemishes. It can be used to treat unwanted spots on your face, hands, chest, and neck. Photofacial rejuvenation uses the combination of a gel and a laser to deliver comfortable and effective treatment. The advanced laser technology allows different types of skin conditions to be treated in the same session.

Photofacial rejuvenation treatments are short in-office procedures—often lasting 20 minutes or less. For your treatment, a gel will be applied to your skin. You will be given protective eye goggles to wear. A smooth light wand is applied to your skin. The wand delivers rapid impulses of a bright light. Photofacial rejuvenation treatments are usually pain free, but you may receive an anesthetic cream if you experience discomfort.
There is no downtime after a treatment. You may return to your regular activities immediately. You may experience some blotchiness that may last from a few hours to a few days. No sunbathing within a few days prior to the procedure and following the procedure are recommended. Ask your physician if sun restrictions apply to your treatment. A typical treatment plan usually includes multiple sessions performed about three weeks apart. Results at the end of a treatment plan are long lasting, usually a year or more.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

The iHealthSpot patient education library was written collaboratively by the iHealthSpot editorial team which includes Senior Medical Authors Dr. Mary Car-Blanchard, OTD/OTR/L and Valerie K. Clark, and the following editorial advisors: Steve Meadows, MD, Ernie F. Soto, DDS, Ronald J. Glatzer, MD, Jonathan Rosenberg, MD, Christopher M. Nolte, MD, David Applebaum, MD, Jonathan M. Tarrash, MD, and Paula Soto, RN/BSN. This content complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information. The library commenced development on September 1, 2005 with the latest update/addition on February 16, 2022. For information on iHealthSpot’s other services including medical website design, visit