Location: Phoenix, AZ
Member since 2/10/2009


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Reviews & Stories

One to the Face, So Far, and Now I Want to Do my Chest, Too!

US $150 for 1 IPL treatment by a certified laser tech under a doctor's supervision. The doctor was present at the facility, but not in the room. The equipment was a StarLux500 by Palomar. I'm 46 with skin type high II/III -- white, but not too pale, with a very rosy undertone. I don't have many wrinkles, but had been noticing my "age spots" more and more lately -- and decided I... READ MORE

Questions from SuzyAv8trix

Which Works Best for Age Spots, Broken Capillaries, Minor Wrinkles and Acne Scars?

...and redness, and minor loss of firmness? Affirm laser or IPL treatments? And, if you say Affirm -- how many treatments and how far apart? Affirm seems MUCH more expensive --... READ MORE

Affirm Laser Vs IPL for Facial Rejuvenation

Which between Affirm Laser and IPL will provide better results for facial rejuvenation? READ MORE

How to Get Up-turned Lips?

How can I get the corners of my mouth to turn "up" again -- instead this "frown" I have, when I'm not smiling... READ MORE

Photofacial and Laser Treatments Within Same Week?

I'm thinking about doing both Photofacial (for redness and sun damage) and Laser treatments (such as Alluma or IR) for tightening as complementary treatments. Can they be done... READ MORE

Affirm Laser for Skin Resurfacing and Tightening?

Does Affirm Laser work for skin resurfacing and tightening at once? READ MORE

IPL for Fair Skin Types?

I am fair skinned (high type II or low type III) and my skin turns red easily -- just 20-30 minutes in the sun without protection and I'm red (more pink than red, though). I... READ MORE

Should Laser Hair Removal Be Painful?

I've heard that if there is NO pain, or very little pain that it's not working effectively. Please advise. READ MORE

What is Wet Microdermabrasion?

I've seen this called the Silk Peel and the Parisian Peel -- are they the same things? If not, how do they differ? How does wet microdermabrasion differ from traditional... READ MORE

IPL After Non-ablative Fractional Laser?

How soon after a non-ablative fractional laser treatment can I do a photofacial (IPL) treatment? In order to be "pretty" and recovered for an event in few weeks, I... READ MORE

Vitamin C Peel After Photofacial?

Can I have a light, vitamin C peel, 10 days after a photofacial (IPL treatment)? Is there any reason why I should not? Is there anything I need to specifically address with the... READ MORE

No Results from IPL Treatment?

I am a 46-year old female with with type high II/III skin and very minor signs of aging: a few brown spots, a couple of broken capillaries, a few minor wrinkles around the eyes... READ MORE

IPL Treatment After Fraxel Re:store?

Can I have Photofacial/IPL treatment 10 days after Fraxel re:store? It probably depends on how red I am after the Fraxel treatment. Can the "bronzing" I "may experience" after... READ MORE

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting IPL After I Had Fraxel Laser?

How many days should I wait to schedule a photofacial (IPL treatment ) after a Fraxel Re:store (NOT Re:pair!) treatment? Thanks! READ MORE

Non-surgical Treatments for Broken Capillaries?

Is a photofacial ( IPL treatment ) the best way to treat a few, small broken capillaries on my face? Or, is there another laser treatment that is also non-invasive/non-ablative... READ MORE

When Are Age Spots Diagnosed As Melasma?

At what point are "age spots" considered "melasma"? Is it the size of the spot that puts it in the latter category? Or percentage of the skin? I've always called my dark spots... READ MORE

Brown Age Spots Turn Reddish After Photofacial

Is it normal for brown-colored age spots to turn reddish after a Photofacial (IPL treatment)? It has been my 1st IPL treatment about 3 and 1/2 weeks ago and while most of my... READ MORE

Best Sunblock for Everyday Use?

I would like to find a moisturizing sunblock that I can wear everyday--by itself or under makeup--that is SPF 30, or higher, has a matte finish, and will not make my skin oily... READ MORE

Does Mineral Powder Sunblock Work?

I have normal skin that gets oily with the use of most sunblocks or when I get sweaty. Would these mineral powder sunblocks (that say they provide SPF 30 protection) be good... READ MORE

How to Prevent Blackheads?

I am 46, I have sensitive, fair skin, with minor sun-damage and very, very few wrinkles. I drink plenty of water and try to eat right and exercise and I use a good skin care... READ MORE

How Effective is the Clarisonic Brush?

Does it exfoliate? Does it prevent clogged pores? Is there anyone who should not use it or any condition it could make worse? I think it would be great for preventing... READ MORE

Retin-A Gel Vs Cream for Aging Skin?

I go to my dermatologist in 2 weeks. I have been using Tretinoin Cream (.05% Obagi) on my face to improve overall skin quality - texture, very fine lines, minor discolorations... READ MORE

Recent comments from SuzyAv8trix

I got a very good deal on all 3 areas (face, neck, chest) at once for $300. Don't know if they'd offer it again! LOL! I'm also getting laser hair removal on my lower legs and I tried the fractional laser on a small part of my cheek... READ COMMENT

Dr P - Wow. I usually like your answers and find them helpful and informative. However, in this forum, you seem to be defending the Fraxel brand name by implying that many commenters do not know the difference between the Fraxel laser... READ COMMENT

Michelle -- if you "log in" you'll see the name of the place I go to in north Scottsdale...and my tech there is "Debbie". So far, I've gotten 4 IPL to my face and 3 to my chest/neck. All of my redness is gone, freckles and small age... READ COMMENT

I had the same issue. I had had 4 IPL treatments and it seemed that some of my broken capillaries were just not going to respond to it. So, I opted for another kind of treatment. Find a doctor or nurse practitioner (NP) that can spot... READ COMMENT

Had #2 to my face 5 days ago, and first to my chest and neck. I told my laser tech that I had no pain and no redness -- at all -- last time. So, she used the same settings as last time on my chest and neck and turned it up a bit on my... READ COMMENT