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Does IPL Cause Fat Disintegration Underneath Facial Skin?

I am 50 years old and considering IPL treatment to my face for a few age spots and some surface scarring (white spots) left from removal of small basals. The goal is to have evenness again as I have given the white scarring a few years to fade but they haven't. The dermatologist recommended a whole face IPL but I don't want any other problems like fat disintegration. What can you tell me about this possible side effect? Thanks for your time.

Doctor Answers (3)

IPL for brown spots

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IPL can fade brown spots.  It will not bring back the pigment in white scars and will not affect fat.


Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

No Problem

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   The wavelength of even the deepest IPL , will not reach the subcutaneous fat. Therefore I do not see that this could possible be an issue.

    Good luck. It should help.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

IPL and fat disintegration

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There is no risk of IPL causing fat disintegration as it does not go deep enough to affect the fat. While IPL is a reasonable treatment option, a fractionated ("resurfacing") laser (e.g. Fraxel, ProFractional) might be a better option to even out the skin tone and improve the basal cell scarring. 

Benjamin Barankin, MD
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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