I want some sort of treatment for my skin. Can I take a photofacial treatment? (photo)
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Photofacials for asian skin
Our office specializes in IPL facials in Los Angeles. We use a combination protocol for our photofacials that includes application of creams before and after the photofacial session. The combination of IPL + creams allows for a more definitive improvement in surface sun damage, complexion, photoaging, and solar lentigenes.
Photofacials help improve brown discoloration and broken capillaries that cause surface redness on the skin. Brown discoloration can further be improved with application of Melarase creams twice daily (Melarase AM and Melarase PM).
Downtime is relatively minimal compared to other treatments. Our office employs the Limelight technology and we feel this is an excellent modality in terms of its safety and efficacy.
Dr. KaramanoukianLos Angeles
Photofacial for Asian Skin
Photofacial can burn the skin or create even more pigmentation on your skin. I suggest topical retinoids/retinol with hydroquinone and a series of chemical peels or laser treatments. This is to be discussed with a provider so that they can guide you and find the best treatment for your concerns.
Photofacial or IPL is not the best treatment for darker skin types
For Asian or darker skin non-ablative fractional 1540, 1450, or 1585 erbium laser treatments are better.
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Cosmelan for Pigmenation
I do not recommend that you get an IPL treatment, because it will sometimes make your pigmentation worse. I would recomend a Cosmelan or Cosmelan MD treatment.Treatment consists of a mask that is worn on the skin for 6-12 hours, this mask includes 15 lightening agents like Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Phytic Acid and Salicylic Acid, the MD version also includes Retin-A and Hydroquinone. After the initial mask there is a maintenance cream that is applied to the face starting 3-5 days after the mask. The maintenance cream is used 1-2 times a day for 1 month and then every night and can eventually be dropped down to 2-3 times a week.
For best protection from new pigmentation; try to stay out of the sun between 10-3 and wear a hat if you do. A topical anti-oxidant (like vitamin C) and sunblock of SPF 50 should be worn daily and a lightening/bleaching cream should be used nightly. Consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see what treatment is best for your skin.