What is FotoFacial RF?
FotoFacial RF is a procedure that uses intense pulsed light, much like laser energy, to rejuvenate the skin of the face, neck, chest, and arms. If you have fine lines, facial discolorations, or ruddiness, you may be a good candidate for FotoFacial RF in St. Louis.
The RF stands for “radio frequency energy,” and this energy stimulates your body’s natural production of collagen, which maintains a young look to the skin. One of the reasons we develop wrinkles is due to reduced collagen production as we age.
FotoFacial RF can decrease the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Ruddy complexion, including redness caused by rosacea, broken capillaries, and spider veins.
- Discolorations such as hyperpigmentation, sun and age spots, freckles, melasma, chloasma, and “mask of pregnancy”.
- Sun damage.
What is FotoFacial RF Like?
FotoFacial RF is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure. A gel is applied to your skin. Then, the light pulse and radio frequency apparatus is placed against your skin. It may feel a bit cold, and you may feel a gentle sensation from it. Most people find it to be only mildly uncomfortable, if it all.
Each treatment lasts for 20-30 minutes. The number of treatments you will need depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you have many fine lines, acne scars, discolorations, or broken capillaries, for example, you may need five or six treatments. You can have FotoFacial RF every three weeks until the results you want are achieved.
What to expect during recovery
There is no real recovery period from a FotoFacial RF treatment. You can go home right after your procedure and return to your normal everyday activities right away, including the application of makeup. At first, discolorations and blood vessels may seem to be even more visible on your skin, but don’t be alarmed. This is normal – they will fade more and more over the next few days.
Our doctors may suggest skin care products for you to use, and you will be asked to avoid sun exposure before and while you are having these treatments, as FotoFacial RF will make you more vulnerable to sunburn.