Patrick Bitter MD White Logo | Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology in Los Gatos, CA

Photo Facial: The New FotoFacial In LOS GATOS, CA

Photo Facial: The New FotoFacial In LOS GATOS, CA

Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area & South Bay AND MONTEREY / Carmel Peninsula – our patients come From all over !!!

A Photo Facial is a versatile, light-based therapy representing the gold standard in intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. The Photo Facial procedure is a full face, neck, and chest treatment using high energy rapid output pulses of visible light that effectively improve facial redness and flushing, acne, and the visible signs of sun damage and aging.[1]

World-renowned, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., is the pioneer and inventor of the Photo Facial . He was the first to introduce this innovative, non-invasive method to rejuvenate and improve the skin without any downtime. Today, his Los Gatos and Beverly Hills-based practice, Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology, elucidates the citizens of Silicon Valley and Southern California with revivifying rays of BroadBand Light (BBL) and IPL technology.

To learn more about this remarkable procedurecontact Dr. Bitter and schedule a consultation. To speak with our front office, please call (408) 358-5757.

About Photo Facial

With 20 years of pioneering research and extensive experience in treating the skin with light, Dr. Bitter is the world’s expert and premier authority on using intense pulsed light (IPL) and BroadBand Light (BBL). There is no one more knowledgeable or experienced in treating the skin with light than Dr. Bitter. His true passion is to give his patients the healthiest, clearest, and youngest-looking skin at any age.

Dr. Bitter is a sought-out teacher of the Photo Facial approach. He’s taught Fotofacial BBL Preceptorships across the country—from Seattle to New York City and beyond!

Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D., on FotoFacial

“FotoFacial is the real Hollywood anti-aging beauty secret. It is the closest we have come to the fountain of youth.”

For the past two decades, Dr. Bitter has lectured extensively around the world regarding his breakthrough treatment. He has trained over 6,000 doctors on how to use light therapy to make skin healthier, clearer, brighter, and younger-looking.

Discover more of Dr. Bitter’s amazing work by reading our blog

Benefits of Photo Facial

The BroadBand Light used in Photo Facial offers a low-impact alternative to ablative laser treatments. The versatile BBL device is virtually painless and requires no post-procedural downtime. When applied to the target areas on your skin, the technology provides high energy rapid output that diminishes the site of many age-related skin irregularities. Conditions Photo Facial can treat are:


The sun’s rays are among the most harmful contributors to aging. Sun damage often leaves spots, fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and an uneven skin tone. Significant sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer. FotoFacial treatments improve sun-damaged skin on the face and body.


As you age, your skin loses elasticity and begins to sag to some extent—no matter how well you take care of it. FotoFacial treatments boost collagen levels to tighten the skin, add plumpness and improve sagging. The results are smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin.


Those who suffer from rosacea understand how embarrassing this chronic facial condition can be. FotoFacial treatments dramatically reduce the overall redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries. 


Over time, capillaries beneath the skin become raised and may even burst. FotoFacial treatments effectively get rid of these damaged capillaries without harming the surrounding tissue.


Dr. Bitter will assess your candidacy for a Photo Facial at your personal consultation. The best candidates for Photo Facial treatments are:

Your Personal Consultation With Dr. Bitter

To schedule your personal consultation at Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology, we encourage you to call (408) 358-5757 and contact us today. As a board-certified dermatologist and innovator of the original world-renowned FotoFacial procedure, Dr. Patrick Bitter is dedicated to helping his patients rejuvenate their appearance and achieve healthier, clearer, and younger-looking skin.

Photo Facial Procedure

Photo Facial with BBL is a fast, easy and effective procedure. Perhaps it is because of this that we get so many questions about how it works. We address our most common procedural inquiries below.  

Dr. Bitter can use Photo Facial treatments on any area of the skin. This innovative treatment is especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest and hands.

Each Photo Facial treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

There is minimal discomfort during the FotoFacial treatment. For those who have more sensitive skin, Dr. Bitter can use a topical anesthetic cream 30 to 60 minutes before treatment. There is no discomfort after the treatment. 

Dr. Bitter recommends multiple Photo Facial treatments  to ensure the best results. The number of treatments needed will vary based on your skin type and your desired results. Most patients receive a series of five treatments at three-week intervals to impart optimal improvement.


Photo Facial treatments are non-invasive and require no downtime to recover. Immediately following a Photo Facial treatment, the skin may appear red and flushed. Tiny capillaries may appear more visible. Brown spots may appear darker. However, all of these changes gradually fade over a period of a few days. Most patients can return to work and resume normal activities as soon as the treatment is complete

Results of Photo Facial With BBL

Following your Photo Facial treatment, you can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries. People with visible aging and sun damage can expect to see a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Patients report smoother skin, smaller pores, and reduced sunspots. Many people with rosacea see an improvement in breakouts, allowing them to decrease or discontinue their medications.

These improvements are gradual and will be more visible after each treatment. Dr. Bitter recommends four to five treatments for the best outcome. Some patients may find they benefit from an ongoing series of Photo Facial treatments.

FotoFacial with BBL produces satisfying results that last anywhere from one and two years. Patients who undergo regular FotoFacial treatments can expect to see continuous age-defying results.

Complementary Procedures