West Houston Dermatology

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How Does a Photo Facial Feel?

Though photo facials are performed using an Intense Pulsed Laser (IPL), patients considering photo facial treatment should not be concerned about pain or discomfort.  At West Houston Dermatology Dr. Stephen Mahoney and his physician assistant staff first cleans the face and apply a numbing gel.  This numbing gel sits for about 20 minutes to effectively numb the skin before the procedure.  If there is discomfort, it is minimal.  Some patients report that the lasers feel like a getting a light pop by a rubber band.  After the session is over, the face is cleaned again, and a post treatment cream and sunscreen is applied.