FotoFacials for Wrinkle Reduction - Pros and Cons

If fine lines and wrinkles are adding years to your appearance, Botox or facelift surgery isn’t the only way to banish those wrinkles for good. An innovative laser and light treatment known as the FotoFacial can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten up the skin and even brighten up any age spots or pigmented areas of the face and neck.  

FotoFacials are non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments that offer several benefits for aging skin; here’s a close look at the benefits and drawbacks of the FotoFacial procedure:

Key Benefits of FotoFacials for Wrinkle Reduction

FotoFacials combine laser and radio frequency energy to stimulate the skin deep under the skin’s surface; by breaking down the skin tissues and triggering collagen production, the skin’s surface begins to take on a more youthful and attractive appearance. FotoFacials can be used to smooth out wrinkles around the eys and lips, reduce the appearance of scars, and also improve skin laxity so that any sagging is reduced or eliminated. Other key benefits of the FotoFacial include:
  • Shrinking enlarged pores
  • Renewing the vitality of the skin
  • Eliminating fine wrinkles around the eyes, nose and moth
  • Reducing the effects of sun damaged cells
  • Evening out the skin’s texture
  • Improving the contours of the face and neck
Results from FotoFacials can be further enhanced with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatments that buff away dead skin cells and keep the cycle of collagen production as high as possible. FotoFacials do not require any downtime, and makeup and cosmetics may be applied 24-48 hours after treatment.

Drawbacks of FotoFacials for Wrinkle Reduction

While FotoFacials offer several benefits for aging skin, they also have some drawbacks. FotoFacials tend to heat up the skin very quickly, and this can result in burning or skin damage in overly sensitive skin types. The dermatologist or skincare specialist may conduct some tests to ensure that burning or bruising will not be an outcome of treatment, but there is still a risk of scabbing, scarring or bruising regardless of skin type.
FotoFacials alone may not be able to get rid of large areas of sun damaged skin or age spots that developed several years prior to treatment.   A combination of microdermabrasion, peels and a series of FotoFacials may be required to achieve lasting effects; this approach can cost upwards of $500 - $800 depending on the number of sessions required, and the type of procedures.
Overall, FotoFacials offer a convenient alternative to surgery or injectables for those who are interested in wrinkle reduction. The procedure is relatively painless, and a series of treatments can be spaced apart so that the skin has time to heal, regrow and then go through the break down and regrowth cycle efficiently. FotoFacials may also be effective for treating skin conditions such as rosacea, acne scars, hyperpigmentation and sun spots.
Learn more about FotoFacials and wrinkle treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for the FotoFacial procedure.