|Light vs. Laser: Which Treatment is Right For You?|
|Written by Dr. Marcia Fleming|
A side-by-side comparison of IPL and Fraxel therapies.
The world of anti-aging treatments continues to evolve at a rapid clip, making the decision-making process all the more bewildering when it comes time to choose the right therapy for you. Many of us are familiar with intense pulsed light, or IPL treatment for the skin, which is renowned for its ability to target sun-damaged skin and eliminate dark spots. But you may be hearing information about a laser technology called Fraxel, and wonder how it differs from IPL and which treatment would be most effective for your specific needs. The following chart is designed to shine a little light on light (IPL) and laser (Fraxel) therapies to help you determine the right course of treatment for your skin.
IPL and Fraxel treatments are not mutually exclusive. In fact, many people start with one therapy and then move to the other. They can also provide extra benefit when used together. Be sure to consult a qualified cosmetic physician before proceeding with treatment, and in the meantime, drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun!