A photofacial (also called fotofacial) is a simple office procedure during which intense pulses of high energy light are used to penetrate under the skin where it causes collagen and blood vessels to tighten. The results are improvements in skin tone, texture, fine lines, and sun damage. Dr. Westreich recommends a course of three to six IPL Photofacial treatments spaced three or more weeks apart for best results. These treatments are suitable for most skin types.
Dr. Westreich offers a selection of potent cosmeceutical skincare to compliment the results of office treatments:
- Gel Wash (Glycolic)
- Cream Rinse (Glycolic)
- Daily Lotion (Glycolic, SPF 15, Moisturizer)
- Night Time Toner
- Salicylic Acid (Acne)
- Body Wash (Glycolic)
- Peel Gel
- Radiant C
- HQRA cream
- Arnika Forte
Laser Brown Spot Removal
Dr. Westreich uses a unique variation of non-ablation technology for spot removal. This allows for sensitive skin areas around the eyes, face and neck, chest and back of the hands to be treated with little discomfort and minimal downtime. This treatment is effective for pigment spot reduction or removal. Broken capillaries can also be treated at the same time. Spot removal typically requires no significant healing period but may require 2-3 treatments for maximum results.
Dr. Westreich may suggest treatment with a superficial ablative Erbium skin resurfacing laser. This allows for more substantial wrinkle reduction and skin smoothing than IPL photofacials. Variations in skin tone and texture often respond well to these lightly ablative treatments. Erbium resurfacing typically require a 5-7 day healing period but give more dramatic results with a single treatment than other resurfacing techniques.
Laser Hair Removal
The hair removal laser works by targeting a particular color (wavelength) in the hair follicles with laser light. This wavelength is close to that of melanin: the substance that gives color to the skin. In order to avoid problems with increased or decreased skin pigmentation, a balance is obtained in the treatment between the strength of the laser and the effect on the hair follicles. Typically light skinned patients with dark brown or black hair have the most rapid and long-lasting effect from this treatment. Lighter haired patients or those with darker skin tones will require more treatments and may have less dramatic results, due to the properties of the laser treatment itself. Multiple treatment sessions are needed, and may be permanent in some cases, but often a variable and small percentage of hair will grow back. This new hair is usually lighter and thinner and can be retreated as needed.
Glycolic acid is one of the alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). This naturally derived acid can treat acne, fine lines, skin texture, and skin brightening. The peels offered by Dr. Westreich are superficial treatments that exfoliate the skin and can help to fade discoloration, acne scars, reduce breakouts, and soften fine lines. They are suitable for all skin types and there is no downtime. Dr. Westreich may recommend repeating a peel every 6 weeks over a 3-6 month period to achieve the best results. Depending on the peel concentration selection, there may be some minimal flaking and redness afterwards.
TCA or trichloracetic acid are medium depth peels that are helpful to improve superficial discoloration, fine and medium depth wrinkles, sun damage and acne scars. TCA peels provide dramatic results but require about 7-10 days of healing time afterwards.