What is AFT?
AFT stands for Advanced Fluorescent Technology. AFT is the next generation of IPL laser treatment technology that improves the texture, tone, and appearance of the skin with minimal downtime.
Is it safe?
AFT is both safe and effective. Your provider will be able to determine proper settings for your skin type and tone. AFT usually has zero side effects or downtime and is virtually painless. The only precaution issued to patients is requiring that they stay out of the sun or tanning beds for 24 hours after their procedure and use a minimum of SPF 30 in the following weeks when your skin is more susceptible to sun damage than normal.
How does it work?
AFT uses low energy light to gently heat and reduce skin imperfections using a unique “Equal Distribution” technique, which varies from a traditional IPL treatment. Most lasers on the market can produce only a single wavelength of light and are limited in what the can effectively treat. AFT, however, emits a special type of light that emits gentle energy pulses over many wavelengths which allows the light to penetrate the skin. Through a special spectrum filtering system that eliminates hot spots, the AFT treatment is able to produce a more powerful, but still safe and effective treatment.
Who is a candidate for AFT?
AFT is suitable for anyone who would like to reduce flaws on their skin such as rosacea, age spots, dark spots, discoloration, broken capillaries, acne and other scaring, redness, and freckles. AFT is more effective for those with light to medium skin tones, but your provider will be able to assess how effective it is expected to be for your individual skin tone. AFT effectively evens skin tone, minimizes fine lines, and reduces imperfections.
Is it painful?
Most patients experience very little to no pain during treatment. The AFT hand piece has a built-in cooling technique that ensures safety and comfort during the procedure. Regardless, your provider will apply a topical numbing cream 10-15 minutes before your procedure to maximize comfort. Most patients compare the feeling of the laser to a very light snapping of a rubber band with a bit of heat, but still very tolerable. After your procedure, you might feel a very slight stinging sensation for an hour or two that compares to a mild sunburn, but this sensation is still very tolerable.
How long does AFT take?
Depending on the size of the area being treated, you should allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for the entire treatment since the numbing process adds 10-15 minutes to the procedure. AFT is also considered to be a “lunch-time procedure” because it is quick and requires zero downtime. The entire face can be completed in just 20 minutes.
How often does IPL need to be performed?
Most patients will start to see changes in their skin after just one session of AFT, but depending on the severity of your skin irregularities, additional sessions may be necessary. Most patients require 4-5 sessions total for maximum results. A 3-4-week rest period between treatments is mandatory for skin safety and healing. We recommend 2-3 maintenance treatments are recommended per year once desired results are achieved.
How long do results last?
Results are permanent on skin imperfections that already exist, however, AFT does not prevent further age spots or future sun/skin damage. As long as you care for your skin properly via a proper skin care routine and sun protection, we recommend only 2-3 maintenance sessions a year to maintain results.
What areas of the body can be treated with AFT?
AFT can performed almost anywhere on the body, with the most common areas being the face, neck, chest, and hands.
What do I need to do to prepare for AFT treatment?
Prior to an AFT treatment, you need to avoid sun exposure to the area being treated for 2 weeks prior to your session. If sun exposure is unavoidable, we recommend use of SPF 30 or above. Remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated and to promote more rapid healing.
When will I see aresults?
Many patients see results about one week after their first session, but maximum results usually take at least 3 sessions. With additional sessions, your skin will continue to appear newer, brighter, and younger until you’ve reached maximum results.
What is the recovery from IPL like?
It is recommended to avoid direct sun exposure for the first 24 hours. Sunblock application at SPF 30 or higher is mandatory since your skin will be a bit sensitive after the treatment. Typical side effects include redness the first day or two and very mild stinging for the first couple of hours. After a week, some of your spots will become darker, which is very normal. These dark spots will eventually peel off or recede to reveal a younger and healthier looking skin underneath. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after their appointment.
What should I expect at my appointment?
Your provider will meet with you to assess your skin damage and skin type to determine proper laser settings. Your provider will apply a topical numbing agent 10-15 minutes prior to your treatment to ensure maximum comfort. A gel will be applied to your skin and the laser will be passed over the area until the entire area is treated. Your provider will clean the gel off of the area and provide you with any additional post-treatment instructions.
How much does AFT cost?
The cost of AFT differs from area to area depending on the size of the area and the extent of the skin damage. Please call or email us with your inquiry if you'd like a quote prior to your treatment. Discounts are given to patient buying packages or sessions in bulk. Please don't forget to ask about any promotions we are running. If you consent to participate in our “model release" we may offer additional discounts on your treatment or package!