Quick Treatments – PhotoFacials

At no time In Beawy History have there been a greater number of quick, “in-and-out” procedures than today. Dubbed “lunchtime” treatments. these procedures can generally be performed in under an hour and cause no disfiguring side effects – you can schedule one for your lunch break and then return straight back to work. In fact, some of these treatments are so gentle that even aestheticians offer them.

Be aware, however, that while these treatments may be straightforward, they are not for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, a medical condition, any type of allergy, are pregnant or lactating, or take prescription or overĀ­ the-counter medication, your skin may not react well to a certain procedure, or it could even be harmful to you. Before undergoing any of the following, please talk to your dermatologist or aesthetician about whether the treatment is appropriate for you.

Alpha and beta peels

Alternately called “acid facials,” “exfoliating treatments,” and “peels,” treatments using alpha hydroxy (such as glycolic) or beta hydroxy (such as salicylic) acids are offered in stronger strengths by dermatologists and in more moderate strengths by aestheticians.

Avoid beta hydroxy peels and beta hydroxy products if you’re presnant, because most contain salicylic add. This is chemically related to aspirin, which has been linked to feta deformities and compucations during delivery.

Here’s how they work. Your face is thoroughly cleansed and a thin layer of acid applied. After 2 to 15 minutes – depending on your skin and the acid’s strength – the acid is rinsed off. The results are a softening of fine lines, lightening of skin discoloration, a brighter complexion color, and fewer pimples, thanks to the acid’s pore-clearing action. Because their effects are cumulative, peels are usually performed in a series of six appointments; every week, or every other week, you return for a slightly stronger treatment.


The light-powered PhotoFacial addresses pigmentation problems, broken and enlarged capillaries, fine lines, scarring, and the flushing associated with rosacea. Developed by the Californian dermatologist Patrick Bitter, Sr., this noninvasive treatment uses intense, non-laser light. The treatment usually lasts less than 30 minutes.

Here’s what to expect in a PhotoFacial. After you don a pair of protective goggles, a dermatologist or aesthetician will pass a special wand over your face – this wand emits repetitive flashes of light. When the procedure is over, you can get up, put on sunscreen and whatever makeup you want, then continue with your day. Most people experience no redness or dryness, though these are possible side effects. Because their effects are cumulative, PhotoFacials are performed in a series of three to six appointments: every 3 to 4 weeks, you return for another treatment.