R. Scott Haupt, M.D.

Utah Cosmetic Surgery (801) 293-8100
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Photofacials are treatments that use laser or intense pulsed light to correct discolorations. Photofacials are for evening the skin tone.  They target the reds and browns in the skin. Photofacials are commonly preformed on the face, neck, decolletage and back of the hands. Photofacials can be preformed anywhere on the body.  

What Photofacials are best for:

  • Sun spots

  • Age Spots

  • Liver spots

  • Melasma (Pregnancy mask)

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Rosacea

  • Broken capillaries

  • Blotchy skin

Recent scars and stretch marks that have a reddish appearance to them Photofacials do not correct wrinkles or scars! The heat from the treatment does help stimulate collagen but not to the extent of correcting wrinkles.

Photofacials can be combined with other treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, E-matrix sublative rejuvenation, topical RX creams and home skin care products for best results. A treatment plan can be discussed with the laser technician. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How many treatments will I need?

This depends greatly on the individual and weather the issue is a pigment or vascular one. Many times a very noticeable difference can be seen after one treatment. Multiple treatments (3-5) may be needed for optimal results. If multiple treatments are needed they can be done monthly. Maintenance treatments may be needed over time.

How long does a treatment take?

In most cases a full face takes about an hour.  

Is it painful?

There is discomfort associated with the treatment. In some cases a topical anesthetic can be applied to help ease pain. The technician will try to make the treatment as tolerable as possible. The results are well worth an hour of discomfort!

What is fotofacial recovery like?

Your skin will heal in 4-6 days. It will then appear sunburned, but the redness will improve over 1-4 weeks.

How do fotofacials work?

A laser vaporizes the top layers of the skin around your lines and wrinkles, making the surface appear flush with the surrounding skin. Collagen production is also stimulated to make the lines and wrinkles of your skin less deep and noticeable.

What can I expect after the treatment?

The patient will be red and experience a sunburn like sensation for the next few hours. Any brown spots the patient has will look immediately darker and become even darker over the next day or two. Most of the redness will subside in less than 24 hours of the treatment. The patient will experience micro-crusting and possibly mild superficial blistering. In 3 to 4 days after the treatment the dark brown will start to flake off. By 7 to 10 days after the treatment the skin will be done flaking and a more even toned, brighter complexion can be noticed. Make-up can be applied immediately following the treatment unless otherwise instructed. All post treatment instruction will be discussed with the laser technician before the patient leaves.