Does Fraxel Get Rid of Age Spots or Does It Just Make Them Fade?

I have age spots on my arms which react to self tanning lotions -they go orange. I am thinking of having them treated with Fraxel. Will they go completely or just fade- if the latter, will the self tan lotions still pick them out and leave orange spots on my arms ?

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Fraxel may significantly reduce age spots

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Fraxel may significantly reduce the pigment in your spots, but 100% reduction is not a realistic expectation. The sunless tanning cream may increase the coloration in the faded Fraxel-treated lesions.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Fraxel Treatment for Age Spots

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Thank you for your question. Fraxel Treatment will significantly lessen the pigment in your spots but will 100% reduce them. Not using a sun protection can also increase the coloration in the faded Fraxel treated areas you. Most often more than 1 treatment is needed to see optimal results. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

Fraxel for age spots

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Age spots should fade with each Fraxel treatment.  Small spots may resolve, however larger ones may not completely go away.  You should complete a series of Fraxel treatments to see the best response!

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fraxel Treatment for Age Spots

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Thank you for your question. Fraxel treatment eliminates irregular skin discoloration, and stimulates new collagen production, tightening the skin without prolonged recovery. After a series of 2 to 4 Fraxel treatments, the cumulative cosmetic improvement is near more aggressive lasers, but unlike more aggressive lasers, redness and swelling eliminated within 2 to 4 days after each treatment. Fraxel is outstanding for fine wrinkles, mild skin laxity, irregular pigmentation, acne scars, surgical scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, age spots and Rosacea. It can be used safely on the face, neck, hands, arms, and chest.

The new Fraxel Dual laser removes age spots effectively

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Yes, The new Fraxel Dual laser removes age spots effectively. Fraxel is a brand name of a laser commonly used in treatments. Q-switch lasers are also used in removing age spots.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Fraxel reduces but does not eliminate brown spots

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Fraxel will reduce the appearance of brown spots, however it will not totally eliminate them.  I use the alexandrite laser for treatment of brown age spots, and it gives excellent results.  Self tanner will definitely make brown spots show up more.

Mandy Lynn Warthan, MD
Dallas Dermatologist

Treating age spots on the arms

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Brown spots on the arms (or the face, or the chest) will look darker when you apply self tanner. The self tanner makes everything darker- it doesn't selectively darken just normal skin and not the spots. If you want to treat the age spots with a laser, the best choice may be IPL (intense pulsed light). After IPL the spots will dry up and peel off.

Fraxel treatments will also lighten age spots, but not 100%. Fraxel is a great treatment for texture (fine lines, acne scars, etc) so if you are treating both texture and spots then Fraxel is a good choice. But if you only want to get rid of your brown spots, then talk to your physician about IPL.

Jordana S. Gilman, MD
Washington Dermatologic Surgeon

Fraxel for age spots

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Fraxel lasers can lessen the intensity of brown spots but do not work as well as the Q-Switched lasers or an intense pulsed light (IPL) source. It’s more likely the Fraxel will lighten them than remove them totally. You are right: they will usually not be completely removed and will darken when you apply the self-tanning lotion.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

IPL works better than Fraxel for age spots

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IPL works better for removing brown spots than Fraxel laser does. The first generation Fraxel laser did remove brown spots very well but when upgraded to the second generation it affected this function. While we still love our Fraxel and it works great for wrinkles, pores, texture and tone, we prefer using our IPL for brown spots.

Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 217 reviews

Fraxel vs age spots

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A fraxel laser can help with age spots with several treatments. A better treatment (not guaranteed for total removal) often used either IPL,YAG,or Q-Switch wavelength give a more even treatment for age spots. Your skin type, general coloring, extent of sun based age spot damage drives your results. For many men and women, the completion of a laser age spot removal plan will mean that results are more or less permanent.

Caution, however, that if you go back to heavy douses of sunbathing, then you’re creating the necessary conditions to cause the return of age spots. Another deep risk is that sun damage and extensive tissue damage may trigger the onset of skin cancer. Birth marks, as another case of hyperpigmentation which can be dramatically reduced. However, they can begin an incremental return after several years.

William J. Hedden, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 334 reviews

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