18 Oct 2017

Why Fall Is the Best Time for a Fotofacial

A fotofacial is a laser skin treatment used to correct hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and other forms of discoloration or textural irregularity on the skin. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. For this reason, fotofacials are one of the most popular skincare treatments we see today—especially after a summer spent out in the sun.

What Is a Fotofacial?

Also known as photorejuvenation, skin rejuvenation, or laser resurfacing, this treatment uses light pulses from lasers or lamps to even out skin tone and smooth surface cells. Though there are several types of lasers used to perform the treatment, they all work in much the same way. By gently wounding the skin with intense broad-spectrum light, the body creates new cells to repair the damaged ones, revealing beautiful, new skin in the process.

If you have dark colored sun spots on your skin thanks to those days you spent working as a lifeguard in your teenage years (couldn’t we all kick ourselves right about now?) fotofacials are the ideal treatment. Lasers target the dark spots on the skin causing the melanin to break up and come to the surface. For 7-14 days after treatment, spots will continue to darken until they eventually slough off naturally. This results in clearer, brighter, and spot-free skin.

Why Should I Get a Fotofacial in the Fall?

The best time of year to get a fotofacial is in the fall or winter. This is because your skin becomes sensitive after treatment, and exposure to the sun during this time can be twice as damaging to your skin, potentially causing your dark spots to return. Skin sensitivity typically last two weeks after treatment.

However, a full fotofacial regimen may take anywhere between one and six treatments scheduled about a month apart. For this reason, it’s best to schedule your consultation for the fall. This gives you plenty of time to get all your treatments during the dark months of winter when it’s easier to avoid the sun and stay indoors.

What Is the Best Type of Fotofacial?

At Villano | MD we use the ELOS Plus photorejuvenation treatment. Unlike other lasers, ELOS Plus uses both electrical and optical energy to emit controlled pulses that treat skin imperfections. This allows lasers to penetrate deeper into the skin for more noticeable results. This method is also beneficial for those with acne, acne scars, spider veins, and other textural irregularities.

Because ELOS Plus is non-ablative—meaning that it does not penetrate the skin—there is no downtime or recovery time necessary. You can return right back to your life noticing subtle changes as the days progress. To learn more about fotofacials, check out our before and after photos, and schedule your consultation for this fall. We’d love to set you up with a treatment regimen perfect for the fall and winter months ahead!


Dr. Villano is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Bend, Oregon. He provides surgical and non-surgical enhancements including Botox, microblading, fotofacials, facelifts, nose surgery, cheek augmentation and much more. Schedule your consultation today.

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