How Common Are Fraxel Laser Treatments for Sun Spots on Hands and Forearms?

Are there other treatments that are successful in removing age-spots besides Fraxel laser? What are the advantages of other treatments? Does Fraxel laser have the same advantages?

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Fraxel Laser Treatments for Sun Spots on Hands and Forearms

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Yes, Fraxel laser systems are an excellent choice for removing pigmentation from the hands and forearms. Fraxel Repair and Fraxel Dual can both be used for this purpose. 

However, if your issue involves a small number of very specific pigmentation spots, then the Nd:YAG laser which is also used to remove birthmarks (for example) can be used. 

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Fraxel is effective for sun spots

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If you have generalized pigmentation on the hands with great surface irregularities then the fraxel will give excellent results. If there are discrete pigmented spots then the yag laser may be more effective for you.  

Fraxel laser treatments for sunspots on hands and forearms

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Fraxel treatments are commonly used for this problem and probably best done in the fall and winter when patients are getting less sun exposure.  If patients have just a few spots, I recommend treatment with a Q-switched laser to quickly and easily remove individual spots.  If the problem is more extensive with numerous sun spots, poor skin texture and widespread sun damage, the Fraxel laser systems are an exellent way to reduce the number of sun spots and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Lori Stetler, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

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