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Acne scars typically are smoother and less obvious after a series of treatments with the Fraxel laser. If you also have the tendency for brown spots , treatment settings will need to be adjusted to help improve that as well. To minimize the risk of the spots darkening with the laser, I recommend a program of hydroquinone 4% + Retin A before and between treatments. Triluma or the Obagi lightening system are two brands that include the above ingredients.
While Fraxel Re:pair does help with brown spots, if the reason for them is melasma, it may not be all that beneficial. I tend to encourage a great program of Retin A and Obagi prior to the Re:pair and it does wonders even before the laser. This regimen takes care of melasma and guards against pigmentation after the procedure. It is important to use a strong sunscreen prior to and after the Fraxel. As for the acne scarring, the results can vary greatly. I personally don't encourage it...
Hi Newtoski, Fraxel repair does target brown spots, and does improve some red spots. I would have our Fraxel repair treaments for acne scarring, and then re-evaluate. Most likely you will not need much if any IPL. Good luck and be well. Dr. p
Fraxel Repair can address all of your concerns. Acne scars are extremely difficult to treat and you should ask your treating physician to see their before and after pictures to get an idea of the amount of improvement you can expect. In regards to hyperpigmentation, fraxel can cause or worsen this problem. For example this can happen with sun exposure after laser treatment, a condition known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. However, if you are referring to brown spots or melasma...