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Michael Sinclair, MD



Q. What is a Photofacial?

A Photofacial is a series of light-based treatments that reduces imperfections on the surface of the facial skin. These imperfections include brown spots, freckles, red spots, sun damage and facial vessels.

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Q. Can I combine a Photofacial with Laser Hair Removal? with BOTOX®? with a dermal filler?

It is perfectly fine to have a photofacial and BOTOX® and dermal fillers such as Restylane®, Radiesse and Juvederm on the same day. It would be unwise to have a Photofacial and a treatment for facial permanent hair reduction on the same day because of the amount of heat that will be delivered to the skin. If you wish to have facial permanent hair reduction and a Photofacial, discuss it with Dr. Sinclair so you can be scheduled appropriately.

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Q. Are there any medications that may affect my treatment?

Yes. Some medications make your skin much more susceptible to burning. These medications include: Retin A, Accutane® and any form of tetracycline. Our doctor will review your medication list prior to treatment. Make sure you have a list of all medications you take, including non-prescription medications.

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Q. What are the side effects of IPL acne treatment?

Beards can become patchy with bald spots. This effect may be temporary or permanent. It is also possible to get light spots, dark spots or blisters with the treatment. It is more likely that side effects will occur when treating areas other than the face. Facial skin is more resistant to side effects. To minimize the chance of side effects, we strongly recommend patch testing.

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Q. How long do the results of Sculptra® treatments last?

Improvements with Sculptra® last about 2-5 years.

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