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Fotofacial RF®

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Beautiful skin at the speed of light - A synergy of intense pulsed optical and radio frequency energy.

Consultation required prior to receiving treatment. Treatments purchased online must be utilized within six months from the date of purchase. Generally 3 Treatments are needed.


Often referred to as a laser, IPL (intense pulsed light) is actually a light-based treatment that is extremely popular and effective for treating sun damage, brown spots, age spots, facial redness, red blood vessels and improving overall skin texture and tone. An IPL Photofacial is gentle and non-invasive, offering minimal downtime and an extremely high patient satisfaction rate. It can be used to treat any site on the body, the most common areas being the face, neck, hands and arms.

The FotoFacial RF® system, also known as FotoBody RF®, is an IPL (intense pulsed light) and radio frequency (RF) technology that works by emitting highly concentrated, short beams of laser light to eliminate the unwanted pigmentation associated with the aforementioned skin conditions.  The radio frequency component of FotoFacial RF® and FotoBody RF® treatment works to stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkling, and firm the treatment area.  The system is non-ablative:  leaving the surface of the skin intact and instead penetrating to the deeper layers of the dermis.

What is the FotoFacial RF® treatment?

FotoFacial RF® treatments are full face, neck, hands or body treatments using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Infrared (IR), Laser and/or Radiofrequency (RF) 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 original FotoFacial® procedure was co-developed by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr. a dermatologist and Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland, a plastic surgeon, bringing together the best of aesthetic dermatologic skin care and cosmetic plastic surgery into one non-invasive procedure. 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. The procedure has been featured in Allure, Cosmopolitan, In Style, Vogue, USA today, and numerous national and regional TV shows such as the TODAY Show and Extreme Makeover. 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 RF® is the next generation in high-tech skin enhancement.

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How does the FotoFacial RF® differ from other photorejuvenation procedures?

In marrying Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Diode Laser, and RadioFrequency (RF) 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 basic IPL Photorejuvenation or Intense Pulsed Light systems claim to deliver state-of-the-art photorejuvenation. With these basic IPL Photorejuvenation procedures you may notice a degree of improvement in the appearance of some aspects of your skin. However, by combining RadioFrequency and Intense Pulsed Light, IR or Laser Diode into one FotoFacial RF® treatment, you will achieve the optimal degree of enhancement to all components of your skin. By adding the RadioFrequency to the Intense Pulsed light, Infrared and/or Laser 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 RF® 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® treatments to see the desired results and they are performed every 3 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 RF® work to improve the appearance of the skin?

Each pulse of the FotoFacial® device sends multiple types of energy into your skin, Intense Pulsed Visible Light, IR, Laser and/or RadioFrequency (RF) energy, that act synergistically to enhance the skin. Energy is given up to brown spots, blood vessels, and redness to gradually and gently lessen or eliminate these blemishes. The RadioFrequency also produce 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.

What results might I expect from the FotoFacial RF® treatments?

All patients noticed some 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, sundamage, 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. With the ST and WR applicators the improvement in fine to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring, skin texture irregularities, laxity and smoothness is 50-75%.

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

The FotoFacial RF® treatments have a tolerable level of discomfort. The discomfort can be greatly reduced, or even eliminated by the use of a topical anesthetic cream applied to the skin 30 minutes prior to the scheduled FotoFacial RF®. After each treatment, patients can apply makeup and return to normal activities. FotoFacial RF® 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.

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FotoFacial RF® treatments are beneficial in the treatment of the following cosmetic skin concerns for the face and body (also known as FotoBody™ RF treatments):

  • 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% percent with FotoFacial RF Pro® treatments.
  • Sun spot, age spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, cholasma, mask of Pregnancy, multiple freckles. All these "Brown", melanin based conditions of the skin improve, on average, 50-75% with FotoFacial RF® treatments.
  • Chronic sundamage and photoaging improves with FotoFacial RF® by 50-75% with FotoFacial RF® treatments.
  • Sun damage and aging signs of the Hands Neck (Poikioderma) and Chest skin can be improved by 50-75% percent with FotoBody RF™ treatments (FotoFacials® for the skin of the body)
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