I'm interested in Fraxel restore or Pearl for some deep wrinkles and mild acne scarring. Any suggestions?
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Fraxel for Acne Scarring
There are ablative fractional devices like the ones you are asking about that usually work in 1-2 visits but can have downtime lasting up to a week or so. And now we have RF fractional devices and RF microneedling devices that work really well for scars with less downtime and because they are RF are colorblind and can be used on all skin types. So that is why it is important to learn what is out there and not necessarily rely on one device – options are good and you need to know them all in today’s laser world.
As far as spironolactone, it is not necessary to stop this and I see no need why this would play any kind of role in your laser care. Smoking does cause a delay in wound healing, so not smoking is very important to make sure that you heal the best you can following your procedure. So get the facts and learn what’s out there and have the best procedure for you by the best doc in your area.
Treatment of acne scarring.
Fraxel laser for acne scars
Fraxel is a wonderful laser to treat acne scars. You should be healthy and not be taking Accutane for at least six months to a year. Spironolactone should have no interaction with the Fraxel laser. I always advise patients to stop smoking because of the health and skin benefits but it is not a contraindication that you quit for 4 weeks. Fraxel will help improve the mild acne scarring and mild wrinkles. Very deep wrinkles may need fillers or more aggressive lasers. Please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience in lasers for wrinkles and scar treatments.
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