Preparation Tips Ahead of a Photofacial Appointment

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Preparation Tips Ahead of a Photofacial Appointment

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For those looking for relief from major facial redness, sun damage or broken facial capillaries, one of the best treatments out there is the photofacial. Available for use on both the face and the neck, chest and hands, photofacials provide fantastic rejuvenation that comes with virtually no downtime or extensive recovery period afterward.

At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to offer photofacial services among our numerous med spa amenities. We generally space treatments out every few weeks, and it tends to take most patients between three and five treatments to achieve maximum results. While it’s true that there are virtually no special needs or requirements for recovery following a photofacial, there are a few things you can do in the lead-up to your treatment to optimize your skin and prepare it for the appointment. Here are a few general tips.

Sun Exposure

For starters, especially if you’re having a photofacial done to help with sun spots or sun damage, staying away from too much sun exposure in the days or weeks leading up to your appointment is very important. The sun can make the skin red and hypersensitive leading up to a photofacial appointment, which can in turn limit the impact of the session and require you to come back for further repeat treatments to get optimal results.

If possible, we recommend staying out of direct sunlight for at least a couple weeks before your first photofacial session. If you must be in the sun, even briefly, apply liberal amounts of high-SPF sunscreen.

Product Usage

In certain cases, we may advise you to discontinue the use of certain creams or other prescription products that you’re using on the area in question. One good example here is a cream like retinol, which has ingredients also found in a few other popular creams that makes the skin hypersensitive to treatment and will create significant recovery issues. If you are on any other kind of skin or related medication, speak to Genesis Lifestyle Medical in advance about whether continuing its use ahead of your photofacial appointment is or isn’t advisable.


One set of products you should certainly continue using ahead of a photofacial so long as they’re approved: Moisturizers. Moisturizing regularly ahead of an appointment helps prep the skin and will improve its ability to recover quickly and smoothly once the treatment is finished. We highly recommend moisturizers with soothing, gentle ingredients, rather than any more aggressive products meant for exfoliation. If you have questions about the best moisturizers to use during this period, our staff is on hand to answer them.

For more on how to prepare for a photofacial appointment, or to learn about any of our Botox, Juvederm or other medical spa services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.