Laser skin rejuvenation, or a photofacial as it is commonly called, uses intense pulsed light (IPL) energy to treat age spots, rosacea and spider veins (broken blood vessels). In addition to the surface blemishes, IPL helps reduce fine lines on the face and chest. Treatments generally take less than half an hour and is described as an elastic band snapping on the skin. After treatment, the skin usually feels warm like a mild sunburn, similar to after a laser hair removal session for a couple of hours. There may be a mild flaking of the spots as they fall off which is very easy to conceal with makeup. Most patients like to do the treatment on a Friday and return to work Monday looking refreshed. Results are seen immediately after the first treatment, with an improvement in sun damage, and troublesome blood vessels. Fine wrinkles take 3-6 months to start to improve. To prolong and enhance the benefits of photofacials to sun damaged skin, it is important to maintain proper skin care. Microdermabrasion is a common procedure combined with IPL Photo Facials to achieve maximum results.