PhotoFacial Elite

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Our Signature Treatment for All Skin Types:

Red is for romance, the color of roses,

But doesn’t look good on cheeks and on noses.

Broken vessels be gone, keep rosacea at bay,

PhotoFacial is best to keep redness away.

Don’t be caught red-faced.

Photofacial in San Francisco

PhotoFacial in San Francisco is a series of intense pulsed light treatments that can be performed on the face or body. It dramatically improves the appearance of Rosacea, flushing, broken capillaries, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and certain under eye circles. During your PhotoFacial, light penetrates the top layers of skin to destroy abnormal vessels and pigmentation, queuing the body to begin the natural healing process. After each treatment, the skin will feel smoother and more evenly toned, with little to no down time.
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Individual results may vary.

Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Sr. introduced the PhotoFacialSM procedure to the world in 1998. Our patients have benefitted from his ingenuity as he has adapted treatment protocols to make use of new technologies. Treatment can also be combined with other services such as Pixel, Botox, Derma Fillers, Skin Tightening and Chemical Peels, for enhanced and long lasting results. His protocol is only available at the Epi Center MedSpa in San Francisco and performed by his team of medical professionals.

In San Francisco, PhotoFacialSM is our signature treatment and Dr. Bitter Sr and his team of medical professionals have taught other physicians and medical professionals around the world the original PhotoFacialSM procedure. Patrick Bitter Sr., MD, was one of the first physicians in the US to purchase an intense pulsed light system and from that point it took another 3 years to perfect the protocol.There are many facilities performing a variety of versions of the proprietary PhotoFacialSM in San Francisco and call these treatments IPL PhotoRejuvenation, FotoFacial®, and Photofacials.
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Individual results may vary.

However, if it does not have a SM (Service Mark) following the name then it is not Dr. Bitter’s original PhotoFacial protocol. You deserve the best. Call, or email , for a complimentary consultation and see how this revolutionary treatment performed by the experts in PhotoFacialSM can benefit you.

What is PhotoFacialSM?

PhotoFacialSM is a proprietary treatment protocol developed by Dr. Bitter Sr. which consists of a series of Intense Pulsed Light treatments that improve the appearance of Rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines. If you seek a more even complexion, then PhotoFacialSM is the treatment you want. This exciting treatment involves little or no down time. You can resume normal activities immediately.
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Individual results may vary.

How does the PhotoFacialSM treatment work?

An intense light is applied in a series of pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body.PhotoFacialSM treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.

How many PhotoFacialSM treatments will I need?

For optimal results, a series of 5 PhotoFacialSM treatments are recommended. Some patients see significant improvement in 2 to 3 treatments; others require more. Follow-up treatments may be recommended to maintain results. Often, optimal results are achieved when treatment is performed in conjunction with Microdermabrasion , BOTOX® Cosmetic , DermaBrite treatment or other corrective skin care .

What are the benefits of PhotoFacialSM procedures?

  • Treatment improves sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, large pores, sun damaged skin, and early signs of aging.
  • Treatment improves red flushing skin, rosacea, and broken capillaries.
  • Enjoy smoother skin with a more even tone.
  • Minimal discomfort during treatment.
  • Resume regular activities immediately.

What is a PhotoFacialSM treatment like?

A PhotoFacialSM treatment may vary from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. First, the treated area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a snap of a rubber band. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sunscreen is applied. Pain is minimal; however, topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied following treatment. For skin texture improvement an exfoliating “prep” treatment may be recommended.

Are there any possible side effects of a PhotoFacialSM treatment?

Side effects of PhotoFacialSM treatments are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown-pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.

What improvement will I see following a PhotoFacialSMprocedure?

PhotoFacialSM patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation, pore size, and fine lines. After each treatment, the skin will feel SMoother and appear to have a more even tone. PhotoFacialSM is often used in treating Rosacea. As many as seventy million Americans have undesirable redness and/or sun damaged skin. Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness and flushing skin.Sun exposure, alcohol, medications, stress, and aging are common causes of Rosacea. PhotoFacialSM treatments control flushing and, in many cases, reduce the need for topical cortisone creams and antibiotics. Schedule your consultation at our San Francisco Union Square office and discover how PhotoFacialSM treatment can work for you!