Can Microdermabrasion and spot IPL treatment be done in the same appointment?
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Microdermabrasion and IPL: Same Day Treatments
Microdermabrasion and IPL
Proper Scar Treatment Requires Tailoring The Treatment(s) To The Kind of Scar
Microdermabrasion is little more than what was once called epidermabrasion, i.e. a superficial abrasive process for removing dead skin cells of the stratum corneum and, if performed very aggessively, also some of the uppermost portion of the epidermis. Since scars are composed of abnormal collagen bundles located within the dermis or below, little real improvement in scars can be expected from this approach. IPL is also a modality intended for superficial textural and pigmentary abnormalities and really cannot be expected to deal with scar pathology deeper below.
There are many more efficient, and, in the end, more cost-effective methods for dealing with scars. Just as an example, depressed scars, after trauma, acne, infection or surgery (as in this case) may respond to subcision to stimulate native collagen production in order to elevate them and fractional medical microneedle therapy to further stimulate collagen production and improve their surface color and texture. This is just one approach. The actual therapy(ies) would depend upon the specifics of the particular scar. For more information on scar treatments, check out the archives of Realself.com.
I strongly suggest consultation with a board certified core aesthetic physician with extensive experience in scar treatments to determine what is best for you before proceeding any further with the current approaches.
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