Is laser resurfacing or IPL best for a scar I've had for 17 years?
I have a pigmentation scar of about 3 inches by 2 inches wide, which is darker than my skin color. I am sure it is embedded deep into my skin because I used an Obagi kit on this and it did not help with lightening it. Would IPL be best for this pigmentation or resurfacing?
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Replied on 3/30/2011
By: Allure Skin & Laser Center | Rodney H. Berger, MD
What a great question! You would definitely want to lean towards a series of
laser resurfacing treatments to help with your scar. IPL is great for sun
damage and facial redness. It wouldn't be the best choice to achieve the
result you're looking for...especially if Obagi didn't work. We have a
really effective resurfacing laser that is fractional - this means that the
majority of your skin is actually left intact which reduces downtime and
helps with healing.
Katie Pelizza, Patient Coordinator
Replied on 3/28/2011
By: Rejuve | John Tang, MD.
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Laser resurfacing is always going to be better but it isn't always
necessary because IPL can do the job in certain situations. The
reason why you wouldn't necessary always gravitate towards laser
resurfacing is because it is more painful, has a lot more downtime,
and costs more. In general, IPL does a great job for pigment issues
but sometimes falls short with certain lighter pigments or very
resistant pigments. In general, my recommendation is try the IPL
(least invasive) method and if that didn't work then pursue the laser
resurfacing treatment. One other suggestion is the Fraxel Re:fine
which fits nicely in between. It can treat pigments but has less
downside then traditional laser resurfacing.
Replied on 3/28/2011
Replied on 3/28/2011
By: Celibre Medical Corporation | Laser Dermatology & Injections
Fractional resurfacing might help (IPL would not), but we do not think
that either of these is the ideal tool. The ideal laser would be a
q-switched Nd:Yg laser. This is the gold standard for the type of
pigmentation you have.
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