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I'm new here and wonder if anyone has had this experience. I just went through my 2nd round of IPL fotofacials on my face, front, back, hands and arms. I've got lots of freckles/sun damage which it has helped a lot.
BUT, I look at my hands and see this over all: tiny little puckerings of the superficial layer of my skin. The skin looks older. I showed it to the Doc after the first round of IPLs and he had never heard of that happening so I thought I'd do another and perhaps it was temporary and needed to come off. The nurse said it wasn't possilbe bc the laser doesn't affect the superficial skin.
I see it on my neck and arms too. Wherever the skin is thin. If it wasn't that my son and husband agree w/ me (no that doesn't always happen around here!), I'd think I was making things up. I don't know if my hands look thinner and so the skin had no where to go except to wrinkle or what. It looks old and wrinkled but the color is better. I wasn't thinking I was going to get a trade off.
I experienced progressive wrinkling and fat atrophy with Syneron's fotofacial RL from the EMAX machine. I've been told by numerous derms and plastic surgeons that if the radiofrequency is turned up too high over thin skin or bony prominences, the heat from the RF will compromise the dermis and subcutaneous fat - which is what they tell me happened to me. Once the supporting structure is overheated, it basically fails to support the skin and wrinkles ensue. I've been told it is permanent. Mine is very noticeable over my cheek bones, the orbital bone and around my eyes. The radiofrequecy cannot penetrate bone so it goes around it and also back through the skin so you get essentially more energy (heat) than you asked for. Too much heat destroys the skin and anything else near it (like the fat).
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