Light-based photorejuvenation therapy (photofacial) can be used to effectively treat a variety of indications, including redness, sun-damage, pigmentation, age spots, fine lines, and large pores. Photofacials leave the skin feeling smoother and softer.

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Dr. Heidi Prather

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IPL™ PhotoFacial uses precise amounts of visible light (IPL is ‘intense pulsed light’) to effectively treat facial redness and improve sun-damaged skin. The light energy is absorbed by the damaged tissue resulting in a stimulation of the production of collagen. Through this stimulation of collagen the appearance of aging skin is softened, fine lines and wrinkles are improved, dark pigmentation and age spots fade, there is a reduction in pore size.

IPL PhotoFacial can also be used to treat rosacea. The redness and flushing of rosacea can be reduced 80 to 90 percent.

IPL PhotoFacial can treat the face, neck or chest. Depending on the area treated, for optimal results most patients receive four treatments. Following your first treatment, your skin will feel smoother and softer, with a more even skin tone. Improvements are gradual and become more visible after each treatment.

A more aggressive version of the IPL PhotoFacial is available for patients willing to experience a little downtime that includes increased redness and peeling, but with more dramatic results. The Dynamic PhotoFacial utilizes the application of ALA – aminolevulinic acid – prior to the treatment. The ALA allows a deeper penetration of the light energy into the dermis. While the treatment is not recommended for all patients, it is an option for those seeking a more aggressive treatment.

* IPL Photofacial treatments are available at our Alamo Heights, Cedar Park, Domain Northside, Lakeway, Marble Falls, Round Rock, University Park, and Westlake locations.

Sciton BBL Corrective Photofacial

Broad Band Light (BBL) is the most powerful type of intense pulsed light (IPL). BBL Corrective Photofacial is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that has the ability to treat a variety of different issues associated with aging or an active lifestyle including sun damage, age spots, freckles, small blood vessels, rosacea, and acne.

BBL by Sciton works by delivering broad-spectrum visible and infrared light into the upper layers of the skin (epidermis). Targeted areas of the skin are selectively heated in order to stimulate the skin cells, creating a new layer of skin the appears clearer, smoother, and more vibrant. BBL Corrective Photofacial has a broad range of wavelengths allowing treatments to be highly customized in order to meet the individual needs of each patient.

* BBL Corrective Photofacial treatments are available at our Southwest Parkway location.


The Vbeam safely and effectively removes vascular and pigmented discolorations, including rosacea, sun spots, age spots, freckles, poikiloderma, port wine stains, and facial veins. Vbeam can also be used to combat acne by treating inflammatory acne vulgaris, post acne redness, and acne scarring. The Vbeam uses Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) technology to deliver intense but gentle bursts of light into targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by the blood vessels or melanin pigmented areas in the dermis causing the pigment to disperse.

Results may be evident after just one treatment, though four to six treatments are typically recommended. Vbeam is safe for all skin types.

* Vbeam treatments are available at our Cedar Park, Domain Northside, Dripping Springs, Far West, Georgetown, Lakeway, Lamar Central, Onion Creek, River Oaks (Houston),  Round Rock, South Austin, University Park (Dallas), Westlake, and West University (Houston) locations.

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