Can different Fraxel settings give you bad and good results?
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Fraxel results can be different for all the patients
Melasma and Fraxel
Melasma is a difficult condition to treat. There are times that Cosmelan or chemical peels are the preferred treatment for a patient. The different settings can give you different results and the pigmentation setting may not be good for a patient with melasma. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience in Fraxel.
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Treating skin with Melasma
The cause is unknown but pregnancy, birth control pills, cosmetics, hormone therapy, and sun exposure often trigger Melasma. The more pigmentation your skin has the more melanocytes you have. Production of melanocytes is increased when the skin is irritated or exposed to rising hormones and the sun. In fact, even a small amount of sun exposure is the main reason Melasma returns after fading.
It’s possible that the “pigmentation” setting was more aggressive than the “melasma” setting and caused the unfavorable result. With any laser, different settings will yield different results. Generally the more energy used the more aggressive the treatment with more downtime. This is an example of more not always being better especially when Melasma is involved.
For Melasma treatment it is important to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist with plenty of experience treating this condition.
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