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Fraxel and Sun Exposure

April 8, 2008
My derm is recommending Fraxel. I am an avid sunscreen user, but get a moderate amount of sun exposure attending my children's sporting events and sailing on the weekend. (I am 48 and have a very light complexion with no hyperpigmintation on the face and just a little on the chest and hands.) I am inclined to wait until the Fall to do the Fraxel, since I read that sun exposure should be avoided for a least 3 months following treatment. What would you recommend under these circumstances. Also, can fraxel be done after fillers, or should it be done before fillers? Thank you.

hi,
good questions.
i would do fraxel before fillers, just to be on the safe side.
studies have not shown any negative effects of fraxel on fillers, but why take the chance.
in terms of sun exposure, i would say that waiting is not a bad idea if you're not sure as to whether you will be able to adequately protect your skin from the sun after the procedure. sometimes its just tough, so its not your fault. although you can look into very complete sunblocks, but you have to re-apply it - sunblock is only as good as how diligent you are in re-applying it.

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