Will using fraxel for spot removal of age spots (just have 2-3 on face that bother me) leave the small treated area discolored (ie lighter) than the rest of my facial untreated skin? I do not want to get the full face fraxel...just want age spot removal (or reduction). And will one treatment do the trick? Thanks
Spot Treatment For Age Spots Using Fraxel - Discloration?
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Fractional is best for fold face treatment not spot treatment of age spots
Laser resurfacing treatment such as fractional are better applied to the whole face.
Isolated Age Spot Treatment
If you have only two or three isolated age spots, it may be easier for you to have the Yag laser. Fraxel is wonderful in that it treats the entire texture of the face. It treats fine lines and areas of uneven skin color and pigmentation. If you only have these 2 brown spots then it would be easier for you to have the Yag. Remember to use sunblock daily after treatment.
Treating age spots with Fraxel and other treatment options
Isolated brown spot laser Q switch Alexandrite may be a better option and more cost effective laser. Test spot would be done for color match.Fraxel® laser technology can be used to remove age spots; however, it is generally used for full face Fraxel®. Since you only want a couple spots removed full Fraxel® may not be your best option. During a consultation with a board certified dermatologist, they will be able to determine the best treatment plan for you. Typically, Fraxel® treatments consist of 3 to 5 sessions, spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Fraxel® Laser has a very limited risk of scarring and common side effects include swelling and redness that subside within a day or two. There are other options for treating age spots including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Allumera® photodynamic therapy, and topical creams. Discuss with your physician to decide which treatment method will best suit you.
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Treating age spots when there are only a few spots
Alex laser is a good option for isolated dark spots. Fraxel is typically a full face process and would be more expensive since there is a tip cost involved.
Treating age spots with IPL
I would recommend Melaquin PM skin cream followed by one or two rounds of IPL treatment to correct your age spots. Works well...no downtime. Surgery90210
it depends on the spots
usually treating the entire aesthetic unit is preferable to avoid visible white spots but occasionally spot treatment is beneficial
Spot with Frxel Resore Dual Laser is possible if the rest of your skin is fairly light.
It is possible to spot treat with the Fraxel Restore Dual 1927nm laser if the surrounding skin is fairly light, otherwise spot treatment could leave a visible white spot.
Fraxel is a better full face treatment
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