About To Get 2nd Treatment for Age Spots with IPl, Should I Also Get A Photofacial?

Im about to get my second treatment for removal of age spots on hands arms and face. Have been told they are lentigns. As i am 60 and going through menopause, should i be having a full photofacial and what would the benefits be. Thankyou

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IPL and Photofacials

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These terms are used interchangeably and can be a bit confusing.  The IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is the devise which is used to do the Photofacial or IPL procedure.  The procedure is targeting the red and brown pigment which causes the face to look photo-aged.  After a series of treatments most patients notice considerable improvement and are very happy with results.

Annapolis Dermatologist


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IPL and photofacial aka fotofacial are all the same with certain minor variables. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Photofacials and IPL

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IPL (intense pulsed light) is the device that is used to do photofacials.  Usually a "photofacial" implies treatment of both the red and brown discolorations.  Since you are already getting IPL for the brown discolorations, it makes sense to do both the reds and browns if you have redness or broken capillaries.  If you do not, then you don't need the second part of the photofacial.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

IPL based fotofacial is an excellent treatment.

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Discuss this with your treating physician.  WIth little down time and modest but real benefits, patients love this service.  Generally it is best if you pay as you go rather than prepaying for a series.  This way if you decide that you have had all the benefit you are looking for, you are not committed to have additional treatment.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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The terms photofacial and intense pulse light laser can be used interchangeably.  They are the same treatment.  

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