PhotoFacial Specialist

City Laser Clinic -  - Aesthetic Laser Specialist

City Laser Clinic

Aesthetic Laser Specialists located in San Francisco, CA

Even if you take great care of your skin, sun exposure and the normal aging process can bring on precisely the type of changes you dread. If fine lines, brown spots, redness, and tiny facial veins are making you look less than your best, a PhotoFacial at City Laser Clinic in the downtown area of San Francisco, California, can treat all of your issues at once. Revitalize your skin with PhotoFacial by booking your consultation online or by phone today.

PhotoFacial Q & A


What is a PhotoFacial?

A PhotoFacial is a noninvasive treatment using intense pulsed light (IPL), bright flashes of light that don't damage your skin in any way. With PhotoFacial treatments at City Laser Clinic, you can improve skin tone and texture while healing damage from environmental exposure and aging. 


What kind of skin issues does PhotoFacial treat?

PhotoFacials can heal many skin problems, including: 

  • Broken capillaries
  • Spider veins
  • Age spots or other brown pigment deposits
  • Flushed or red skin
  • Rosacea


PhotoFacial treatments are effective for any area where you have sun damage or aging skin, including the face, chest, arms, neck, and hands. 


What can I expect during my PhotoFacial?

Your City Laser Clinic specialist applies a cooling gel to your skin, and you'll wear protective glasses because the IPL is so bright. Your specialist then gently uses the small IPL handpiece to your skin. The smooth glass surface doesn't hurt your skin, but you may feel a mild sting during light flashes. 

Your PhotoFacial generally takes only 15-30 minutes, and you can return to your usual routine right away following treatment. If you have very sensitive skin, you can request numbing cream before your PhotoFacial. Allow an extra 30 minutes for the numbing cream to go into effect before your treatment. 


How does my skin respond to PhotoFacial?

When your dilated capillaries and spider veins absorb the IPL, the vein walls grow hot. This triggers shrinkage, and eventually, vein reabsorption in the weeks ahead. 

With brown spots, the pigment absorbs the light and grows hot. This triggers your body to treat the pigment as damaged skin and begins your natural exfoliation routine. The brown spots generally become darker temporarily, and then gradually fade in the coming weeks. 

In addition to specific trouble spot improvement, most PhotoFacial patients enjoy improved skin tone, texture, and overall more beautiful skin. 


How many PhotoFacial sessions do I need to get good results?

It depends on your concerns, but most patients get excellent long-term results with a series of 3-5 sessions, around one month apart. By spacing the treatment into multiple sessions, you can enjoy steady improvement without any skin disruption or downtime. 

To find out how PhotoFacial delivers gorgeous skin with no downtime, call City Laser Clinic or schedule a consultation online today.