Which treatments would be best for me?
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Thank you for your question. If your main concern is addressing the most problems for the least amount of cost and treatments then the photofacial would be for you. It will fade the brown/age spots and can reduce the look of the broken capillaries. Fraxel would be the best option for the fine lines. Good luck!
Best treatment for age spots and wrinkles
Before you'd be a candidate for a laser treatment, you would have to have a full medical history and examination of your skin. It is important to understand the quality and pigmentary tendencies of your skin for recommending a laser. Generally speaking, the more aggressive the laser the more dramatic the results. Different lasers are good at treating different types of skin conditions. For example the laser that would treat these fine lines and age spots would not be good at treating the excess hair.
With that being said, I would imagine the 55-year-old the lives in Alabama will have some sun damage, fine lines, and pigmentary issues. I think you should consider a laser resurfacing procedure that would significantly improve the previously mentioned skin issues. With the above-mentioned options I would combine the IPL with the Pearl fractional.
I hope this helps.
Fraxel is a laser skin rejuvenation treatment that resurfaces your outer skin, erasing imperfections. It also encourages the production of collagen, a protein found in connective tissue.The result is clearly visible lines, folds and wrinkles. Fraxel laser skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive technique that affects only about 20 percent of the facial skin exposed to it. The most common side effects of Fraxel laser treatment are swelling and skin redness, which should subside within a couple of days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. The risk of infection or scarring is very limited. You should stay out of the sun 2-4 weeks.
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Treatment for multiple concerns
Treatment of facial age spots, medium wrinkles and broken blood vessels
All three of your skin problems are very common. I would use BBL (a brand of IPL) to treat the age spots and the small blood vessels around your nose. Treating the medium wrinkles depends on your down time or the amount of time you have off work. If you have a couple of weeks then I would recommend a deep resurfacing with an Erbium laser, but if you only have a few days or a week then I would lean toward the fractional treatment.
Combining modalities may be ideal
Video below for more information on lasers.
Dr Davin Lim
lasers often work best in combination, so keep that in mind! Good luck.
Dr. Vanden Bosch
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