What should I do post Fraxel treatment?

One of the great things about the Fraxel treatment is that there is very minimal post care. The current Fraxel is a non-ablative laser which lays down thousands of tiny little dots of laser energy called micro thermal zones. The micro thermal zones are skin cells that have been coagulated. That means that the cells have died and they will be pushed out by the healing process. This will cause the skin to feel a little bit rough and will also turn a little bit darker which is called bronzing. The primary thing that we recommend is for patients to use a good sunblock as sun exposure would be the most likely cause of complications from the Fraxel laser. If you have been on topical medications for melasma, you will need to restart those a few days after your treatment.

Dr. Lornell Hansen

If I get a dermal fillers (Restylane) under my eyes, can I have plastic surgery in the same area in the future?

I have been doing fillers under the eyes for tear trough deformities approximately the last 10 years. My go to choice to treat this area is Restylane as it has a much lower propensity to cause swelling and bruising into the area. The use of rest on the area would never eliminate the possibility of future lower eyelid surgery. ...The worst-case scenario would be that the Restylane would have to be removed. The nice thing about Restylane is that it can be easily removed by injecting a product called hyaluronidase. The hyaluronidase would break the Restylane down within 24 to 72 hours.

Dr. Lornell Hansen

Can I combine a glycolic acid peel with Isotretinoin and Retin-A cream?

I would not combine Isotretinoin (Accutane) with Retin-A or glycolic acid peels. Accutane by itself will help diminish acne for 6 months after you stop taking the oral medication. Accutane makes the skin very fragile, dry and sensitive so if you use a low dose Retin-A or glycolic acid while on Accutane you can irritate and even damage your skin. You must be off Isotretinoin (Accutane) for at least 6 months to a year before you even consider having a chemical peel.

-Katie Magnison, Aesthetician/CAC

How many Fotofacials or Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments are required to see results?

Although most patients see a significant improvement in visible sun damage, ages spots and facial redness in a single BBL treatment. At Lazaderm we find our patients achieve the best results and are most satisfied with a series of 3 treatments 2-4 weeks apart. A series of BBL treatments allows us to understand our patients areas of concern, and the opportunity to work to improve those concerns more with each treatment. A patient may get 50% improvement with 1 treatment but 95%-100% improvement with 3 treatments!

Dr. Brittany C. Wangsness, DNP, APRN, NP-C