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IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

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Re: IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

Postby StinaLZ » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:14 am

I am a 44y/o female that used to look very young. My boyfriend was 12 years my junior. I had IPL to try to maintain my young looks because I was getting a few wrinkles under my eyes, maybe 2 at the time. I thought doing these treatments would be a good preventative. I was terribly wrong.

After going through the IPL procedure I was very careful with exposure to sunlight, applied SPF 50 and TNS skin repair serum as instructed. Even after several months I noticed my skin became very reactive to mild heat and the most minute amount of sun exposure. I then tried Fraxel per my Dermatologist recommendation.

Long story short.....these are the worst things I could ever have done for my skin. I have volume loss, my skin sags and droops. I honestly aged at least 10 years in the past 4-6 months. It is so extreme that when I was shopping with my 14y/o daughter the cashier asked me if I wanted the Senior Discount.

Please take my sincere advice and never do any type of laser to your skin.
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Re: IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

Postby Daysy » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:31 pm

Im so sorry for your problems. :( I was planning to get IPL for broken caps but after reading all the negative stories in this thread I changed my mind. it's not worth the risk.

Anyone has any suggestions about safer alternatives to improve broken capillaries?
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Re: IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

Postby wanderlustence » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:01 am

Daysy wrote:Im so sorry for your problems. :( I was planning to get IPL for broken caps but after reading all the negative stories in this thread I changed my mind. it's not worth the risk.

Anyone has any suggestions about safer alternatives to improve broken capillaries?

I've had multiple IPL treatments on my face and never had an issue. Personally, as long as the operator knows what he's doing, it's quite a safe procedure. Hardly even painful
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Re: IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

Postby rjfilm » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:41 pm

I had IPL done 6 years ago only once and then a year later. I was pleased with the results at that time. Then I had it done twice in two months approximately four months ago. I have had a severe loss of facial fat and severy laugh lines appear. My face has aged so much in the past four months that I can not believe it. I would say that I have aged at least 10 years. I was trying to be proactive in keeping my skin looking young and have in-fact damaged and aged my face horribly! It was as if I watched myself age before my eyes like some kind of Star Trek episode in only four months! Don't do this! I'm trying to find out what I can do to reverse the procedure. The only thing I can think of is fat injections. I saw so many wrinkles actually appear after the procedure, much deeper and severe than I had before. I'm a 54 year old man that most people would have said I looked like I was in my early 40's. I now am looking like other men my age or older. It is impossible for this kind of aging to take place in such a short amount of time. I had lost some weight over the four month period, approximately 10lbs maybe a little more, I thought it was due to the weight loss so I purposefully put the 10lbs back on and it did not help a bit. I wonder how much more severe this will become. I know it must have been the IPL because the laugh lines (depressions) are much more severe on one side of my face than the other. The body does things symmetrically. This is not symmetric at all, it's completely unbalanced so it makes it particularly noticeable. Anyone that has suggestions please help.
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Re: IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

Postby NameAlreadyTaken » Wed May 17, 2017 12:39 pm

I'm disturbed by these alarming posts. I've been receiving IPL treatments for more than 10 years and I have not had any permanent adverse effects from it, only positive. I have never seen any fat loss or other unwanted permanent facial changes, I only experience increased redness and a bit of swelling immediately after treatment and it subsides within a day or two. One time after a particularly aggressive session I had significant swelling and many whiteheads all over my cheeks, but that was an isolated incident. I'm over 50 by the way. I just had a Vizia scan done prior to my latest treatment and it put my skin age at 9 years less than my actual age, and that was with significant rosacea because it had been two years since my prior treatment. The person who treated me said Vizia will likely come up with an even lower age when we are done with this round of treatments. I go to a top plastic surgeon's office and the non-surgical treatment staff are extremely well-trained, knowledgable, and professional. I think they might all be RNs, I know some of them are. They also have the latest greatest equipment. I have no doubt that helps to ensure a good result.

The only way to truly determine if IPL causes fat loss or other permanent changes is to isolate the procedure and use some kind of objective measurement before and after. If you are doing IPL plus other treatments, like Fraxel or any of the other lasers, or if you have lost weight, then you cannot say IPL caused your changes. (You cannot lose weight, then regain it and expect it to go back to the same place where you lost it.) For women who are perimenopausal or recently menopausal, you can expect all sorts of rapid skin changes even if you aren't having any treatments, the hormone rollercoaster can wreak havoc on your skin.

IMO, IPL is a perfectly valid and wonderful treatment. It is the only treatment that reduces my rosacea and makes me look somewhat like a normal person, not a burn victim. :) I will happily continue being treated. To those who are considering it, do your research, talk to people who have had good results, and make sure you go to the best treatment center. I recommend a board certified plastic surgeon's office, it might be more expensive but your face is totally worth it, right?
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Re: IPL and Fraxel Do Cause damage

Postby Kaylight1101 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:16 pm

I had CO2 laser done in April 2015 - so about 19 months ago. The last five or so months, I started noticing a growing large area of hypopigmentation on the right side of my face. Now, to be honest, I cannot tell if some of this is fillers (which I only had done one time) affecting me or not, but I now also have mild scarring. One line seems to grow. I have other areas of hypopigmentation as well on my face and I am not happy with this result. My skin looks ruddy in places, thinner in places, and yes, I do believe I experienced some fat volume loss that I noticed just months after. I found a plastic surgery site that explains exactly how fat loss can happen and it has nothing to do with the depth of the laser. It has to do with some sort of damaging reaction that also attacks some of the fat after the procedure.

I was looking at a friend's skin who has had it done just once about a year ago and she is developing areas of hypopigment as well.

My friend who is a plastic surgeon has had so many of these done and she doens't look that great either though she is an anorexic with a facelift and many fillers so it is hard to assess fat loss in her case, but her skin looks pale and fake and doens't match the rest of her at all - and it looks splotchy in terms of pigment in areas.

My acne scars do not look any better and I have some weird divets in my skin. I am so glad I only ever had this done once. Would never do it or the fillers again because I can't tell which caused which over time. But the whole premise of vaporizing your skin has to have some backlash as it seems to be it would affect the DNA of the skin cells adversly.

Now I have purchased a derminator (after doing a lot of research on digital dermaneedling) I have not recieved it so I cannot say much about it yet. But I am hoping it helps the hypopigmentation areas that look unusual and can work on the two scars I have developed (one of them looks like the laser and has kept growing in a straight line in one area). I was told by my friend that maybe the hypopigmentation is a general autoimmune reaction. To what? It is nowhere else but on my face.

Anyway, no more of laser or the fillers. For me it is going to be facial exercises and derminator (tested first on an area of my skin that is not on my face and doens't need much to see how it works after a month) and just good skin care.
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