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GentleMAX Photofacial

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The GentleMAX Photofacial targets sun damage, age spots and freckles by pulsing light based energy into the unwanted pigment. This causes the temperature of the unwanted melanin to rise which helps to break up the pigment. Deeper level damaged blood vessels are treated similarly with a quick switch of settings. Shortly after treatment, the pigment cells (or melanin) have been thoroughly fragmented, without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Broken blood vessels also coagulate and shrink, many of them disappearing altogether. In the weeks after treatment, the shattered melanin particles are eliminated by your body’s own “clean up” system that absorbs the fragmented pigment. Little or no trace of the initial pigmentation spots or spidery veins remain. A GentleMAX Photofacial treatment also improves skin texture through collagen stimulation. You get multiple treatment benefits through one treatment.

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Looking for a non-invasive treatment that can improve the appearance of redness, skin discoloration, and sun damage with no downtime? You may want to consider a Photofacial.


How Does it Work?

Photofacial uses the power of gentle, targeted light to destroy structures that cause the signs of aging in the skin. What makes a Photofacial different from other laser rejuvenation treatments is the broad spectrum of light used. While laser treatments typically only use a single wavelength of light, Photofacials utilize several different wavelengths. These different wavelengths of light are absorbed by the blood vessels and excess pigmentation that cause vascular redness and discoloration, destroying them and the cosmetic problems they cause.

What Can I Expect from Treatment?

Each Photofacial treatment can last anywhere from 15-60 minutes, depending upon the size of the treatment area. Patients report that the procedure is relatively comfortable, feeling like a warm snapping against the skin. Following treatment, redness similar to that of a mild sunburn is common, and usually lasts about 24-hours after treatment. Mild blistering and bruising sometimes occurs but is less common. These treatments must be spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Photofacials?

Individuals with sun-tanned skin, connective tissue diseases, autoimmune disorders, on Accutane or within the last 6 months or other photo-sensitizing medications cannot receive Photofacial treatments. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are also advised not to undergo the procedure. Individuals with a history of malignant melanoma or melasma.

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Photofacials Treat a Wide Variety of Skin Conditions:


Vascular Redness


Broken Capillaries




Small Spider Veins


Sun Damage


Acne Treatment

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