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In the past, people who wanted to improve the appearance of their skin had to get surgery or take medications with severe side effects. Fortunately, there are great alternatives available today. At Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ, we offer the Photofacial to anyone who would like to improve the texture or appearance of their face. Let’s have a closer look at what this treatment does and who can benefit from it.


As the name suggests, this treatment is meant to address concerns related to the skin on your face. It makes use of light-based technology to stimulate the recovery and repair of your skin. When the energy hits your face, it targets and destroys the pigment in the brown and red spots on your skin. As a result, you can expect your skin to become lighter and smoother.

The energy beam also heats up the lower layer of your skin, called the dermis, and therefore encourages the production of the structural protein collagen. Older people usually have less collagen than younger people, which is why wrinkles and fine lines appear over time. By increasing the concentration of the protein, we can rejuvenate your skin and recreate the smooth appearance you’ve been missing.

Before we can accept you as a patient, we have to check that light beam treatment is right for you. After you get in touch, we’ll invite you to an initial consultation, during which you can discuss your medical history, cosmetic concerns, and goals with one of our expert providers. We will then explain what the treatment involves so you can decide.

Your first session will likely take between 20 and 40 minutes. We will start by cleansing your face. If you’re worried about discomfort, they can apply numbing cream, but most patients don’t need it because the treatment isn’t painful. After applying cool gel and giving you eye protection, we will use our state-of-the-art device to pulse the light onto the affected area.

How It Works

How Long Until I See Results?

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Most people need several sessions, but the length and frequency of treatment depend on your skin’s condition and your goals. Often, we start with 6-12 appointments, each around one month apart, but you might want to continue after that to intensify your results. Because there is no downtime associated with this method, your life won’t be disrupted while you’re undergoing treatment.


Rosacea is a common skin condition that can affect anyone but is most common in women over the age of 30. It causes red patches or flushing and may get worse with heat, spicy food, alcohol, and certain cosmetics. Flare-ups usually last for several days or weeks, and patients often experience flushing, visible veins, bumps, and an enlarged nose. Although there is no known cure for this condition, its symptoms can be reduced with light beam treatment.

Sun Spots

Sun spots are most common on surfaces that are frequently exposed to the sun, including the face. They are sometimes confused with freckles, but while freckles often fade when the skin is no longer exposed to UV light, sun spots remain.

Light beam treatment is an effective way of breaking down hyperpigmentation and getting rid of red or brown spots caused by excessive UV light.

Negative Effects of Aging

Even if you’ve taken great care of your skin, you’ll notice the signs of aging as you hit your 40s, 50s, and 60s. Your skin might start to sag or wrinkle, and fine lines will appear. If you don’t want to inject chemicals into your face or get a surgical facelift, light beam treatment is a great alternative. It can increase collagen production and therefore tighten your tissues.

Benefits of a Photofacial

Light beam treatment is appropriate for a wide range of patients, both male and female. Most people first come to the clinic when they are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s, but you can come to see us even if you’re younger or older. Some of the conditions that can be addressed with this treatment are rosacea, sun damage, and the negative effects of aging, which might include wrinkling or sagging skin.

Because this method is minimally invasive, almost anyone can take part. However, we will review your medical background before allowing you to book a session. If you have a severe illness or an open wound on your face, you might have to delay treatment. If you’re pregnant, we will ask you to wait until your baby is born.

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