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IPL vs Fraxel and Active Fx

March 16, 2008
Aloha Dr.
I went to the dermatologist yesterday for a body skin check (no problems anywhere). I asked what I could do that wasn't drastic to even the skin tone on my face, I have sun spots and age spots.

He immediately suggested IP Laser, also he offered that he could get rid of the lines around my mouth with the same treatment.

Is this a good idea? Would that really work? How long do those results last? He told me I may need up to 5 or 6 sessions or I could be lucky and see results in 2 or 3 sessions. Any input would be appreciated as I am clueless about lasers. I am nearly 5 years post op from f/l, mid f/l, bl and alloderm lip enhancement.
Many thanks and aloha.

aloha elaine,
i'm sorry to say that an IPL (intense pulsed light) device will not remove the lines from around your mouth. it does not go deep enough into the tissue to cause the kind of remodelling that is necessary to smooth out lines, especially the deep ones around the mouth.
IPL is pretty good with spots, and he's right in that treatment sessions required to make a difference do vary. most people need 5 sessions and then they need to really watch out for the sun. use sunblock and wear a hat or the spots may come back.
if you want to treat the spots and the lines, you would need more of a resurfacing laser like fraxel or active fx. i would recommend the latter. there's a bit of downtime, but the resurfacing effect is really good. it is, however, more expensive (about $2500 to 3000 for one session, which is all you should need).
hope that helps

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