What is a Photofacial?

In the quest for the least-invasive technology that produces more youthful-looking skin with minimal recovery time, the photofacial is, literally, untouchable. In the photofacial – sometimes also called photorejuvenation – nothing but light enters the skin to even out the complexion, eliminate sun damage, age spots and spider veins, and stimulate collagen growth.

What is the difference between pulsed-light and laser treatments?

At Refresh, we use the most advanced Palomar pulsed-light (IPL) system. Pulsed light and lasers are very similar and treat skin damage in basically the same way. However, the IPL process uses state of the art technology that removes damage much faster and more effectively than lasers.

How is it done?

Using a handheld device producing precisely timed zaps of intense pulsed light (IPL) is passed over the skin to simultaneously heat the skin’s inner layer (the dermis) while cooling the outer, or epidermis.

How long does it take?

The pulses themselves last only about 2.5 milliseconds each, but the treatments can take 15 to 40 minutes, depending on how much of the body is treated.

What results can I expect?

Photofacials result in a more even skin complexion due to the reversal of sun damage, improved skin tone through collagen production and the clearing of age spots and spider veins. When combined with microdermabrasion, your skin can be flawless and baby soft once again.

Who will benefit from a photofacial?

Because the blasts of light work to cauterize small capillaries in the skin containing blotches and age spots, photofacials are recommended for patients wanting to zap away sun damage, rosacea and discolored scars, and for acne-prone skin.


Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation usually lasting 2-24 hours. Other than the warm feeling, there is no down time and people can return to work or regular activities the same day. The treatment itself is only mildly uncomfortable, and most people describe the sensation of rubber bands snapping against their skin as the pulses are fired.

How many treatments are suggested? 

You will see results after your first treatment, but three to four treatments are
usually necessary to see your best results, that is the complete removal of age spots, sun damage, broken capillaries. Each treatment will also promote further collagen growth for a more youthful appearance.

What body areas can I get treated?

Any area, except directly around the eyes. The face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, etc. can all be treated quickly and safely.