Fotofacial and Photodynamic therapy (PDT)


Treatments on the face by using intense light and or lasers give great freshening effect on the skin, removing belishes such as freckles, age spots and red capillary veins.  At Transform we have the added benefit of the availablility of IPLs plus many other laser machines rather than one, often combining our tools in one treatment to effect the best result for you.  Fuller results over the run-of-the-mill fotofacial can be provided by q- switched Nd Yag laser, Polaris laser, Fotona 4D or Fraxel resurfacing with or without platelet rich plasma. 

FotoFacial RF® treatments are full face, neck, hands or body treatments using intense Pulsed Light and RadioFrequency energy combined in the same pulse. These gentle, no-downtime treatments are used to improve the cosmetic appearance of the face, neck or body.

The FotoFacial procedure has increased in popularity and recognition to the point where it is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in North America. Your operator has been fully trained and is well experienced in this revolutionary treatment. The procedure has been featured in Allure, Cosmopolitan, In Style, Vogue, USA today and numerous national and regional television shows including Good Medicine in Australia. Many Hollywood stars and TV personalities rave about the FotoFacial and credit this procedure for the renewed health and vitality in their skin.

The FotoFacial should be done monthly initially 4 times and then repeated every winter. It presently costs $250 per session.

Are you a good candidate for the FotoFacial Treatments?

FotoFacial treatments are beneficial in the treatment of the following cosmetic skin concerns for the face and body:

  • Rosacea, flushing, redness, ruddy complexion, broken capillaries, and spider veins of the face. All these "Pink" vascular based conditions of the skin improve on average between 50-75% with FotoFacial RF® treatments.
  • Sun spot, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, melasma, chloasma, mask of pregnancy, multiple freckles. All these "Brown", melanin based conditions of the skin improve, on average, 50-75% with FotoFacial RF treatments.
  • Chronic sun damage and photo ageing improves with FotoFacial RF® by 50-75% with FotoFacial RF® treatments.
  • Sun damage and ageing signs of the hands, neck (poikiloderma) and chest skin can be improved by 50-75% with FotoBody RF® treatments (FotoFacial for the skin of the body).
  • Wrinkles and skin laxity. Unlike other more basic forms of photo-rejuvenation, the FotoFacial RF®, with its synergy of simultaneous Intense Pulsed Light and powerful RadioFrequency energy produces industry leading non-ablative wrinkle and skin laxity improvements of up to 70% without downtime; a claim that no other device or procedure has been able to boast.

What results might I expect from the FotoFacial treatments?

All patients notice a consistent improvement in the appearance of their skin. The degree of improvement is gradual and persistent over the 15-18 week program and 5-6 FotoFacial RF® treatments. The noticeable and significant changes that have been reported include: improvement in pink and brown discoloration, spider veins, pink and brown blemishes, sun damage, age spots, pore size, acne scarring and wrinkles. The degree of improvement can vary but averages 50-75% improvement in anything that is pink and vascular or brown and melanin in nature. The improvement in fine to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring, skin texture irregularities, laxity and smoothness is 50-75%.

How does the FotoFacial differ from other photo-rejuvenation procedures?

In marrying intense Pulsed Light and RadioFrequency energy into one treatment, FotoFacial RF® treatments offer the very latest and most effective high-tech, non-invasive form of non-invasive skin enhancement. Many other lasers and devices such as N-lite, Cooltouch, SmoothBeam, V-Beam, IPL photo-rejuvenation or Intense Pulsed Light systems with the Quatum or Vasculight, claim to deliver state-of-the-art photo-rejuvenation. With these basic Photo-rejuvenation procedures you may notice a degree of improvement in the appearance of some aspects of your skin. However, by combining the RadioFrequency and Intense Pulsed Light into one FotoFacial RF® treatment, you will achieve the optimal degree of the enhancement to all components of your skin. By adding the RadioFrequency to the Intense Pulsed Light, the FotoFacial RF® procedure can now boast excellent, no downtime wrinkle improvements together with the significant improvement in redness, rosacea, pinkness, spider veins pores and texture.

How are the FotoFacial treatments performed?

The FotoFacial RF® treatments are simple office based treatments. The patient is covered with a thin layer of cooling gel and the entire face, chest, hands or arms are treated with a gentle pulse of light and RadioFrequency energy. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes and involves pulses of bright visible light and RadioFrequency energy that are passed into the skin. Because each FotoFacial RF® treatment is gentle, most patients require 5 or 6 FotoFacial RF treatments to see the desires results and they are performed every 2-4 weeks. In certain skin types, a microdermabrasion is performed between FotoFacial treatments to enhance the penetration of the light and RadioFrequency energy.

How does the FotoFacial Work to improve the appearance of the skin?

Each pulse of the FotoFacial device sends two types of energy into your skin, Intense Pulsed Visible Light and RadioFrequency energy that act synergistically to enhance the skin. Energy is transferred to brown spots, blood vessels, and redness to gradually and gently lessen or eliminate these blemishes. The RadioFrequency energy also produces significant amounts of collagen, elastin and ground substances, the thick undercarpet of the skin, resulting in a noticeable and significant smoothening of fine to moderate wrinkles and textural irregularities of the skin.

Will the FotoFacial treatment hurt and will I have to miss work?

With the FotoFacial there is very little discomfort, it can be greatly reduced, or even eliminated by the use of a topical anaesthetic cream applied to the skin 30 minutes prior to the scheduled FotoFacial. After each treatment, patients can apply makeup and return to normal activities. The FotoFacial treatments have proven to be low risk, are associated with few complications and patients rarely have downtime or have to miss work or regular activities.

How long will the skin enhancement effects of the FotoFacial last?

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) is the application of a medicine Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) to the affected area, which is attracted to "abnormal" cells. When exposed to certain wavelengths of light these cells are destroyed. PDT in combination with our advanced intense pulsed light treatment will target any areas that may be pre-cancerous and dry scaly areas that are persistent despite previous treatment. It can also help to restore a more youthfulappearance to your skin by improving redness, flushing, pigmentation problems, open pores, scars, acne, wrinkles and will provide you with a smoother, healthier skin.

PDT involves firstly a consultation with our Doctor or one of our nurses to ensure you are suitable for this procedure. We would then arrange a short appointment for the application of the ALA. A minimum of 3 hours is required before we do an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment which takes around 30min.

The ALA may slightly increase the discomfort of the IPL treatment. The sensation experienced is mostly the discomfort related to the IPL, which is described as the' flick of a rubber band'. Areas where the abnormal cells have been 'activated' may be slightly more sensitive when exposed to the light. Immediately following the treatment you will be red. The next day this may be even more evident and may last 2-7 days depending on your skin type. Any pigmentation you might have will darken after IPL treatment. A scab may form where abnormal cells have been destroyed which usually flakes off after about 1-3 weeks. As PDT heals quickly without scarring, the appearance after treatment is usually very good.

PDT treatment is very safe. ALA is a natural product found in humans throughout the body. There are no systemic side effects and no scarring. For more information book in a consultation.

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