A: No. Tanning bed ultraviolet light is a higher and more concentrated dose of those deeply-penetrating, skin cancer, pigmentation-stimulating and wrinkle-causing UV rays. No sunscreen is a match for the damage these rays cause. You are causing more damage and preventing the Fraxel from giving you the rejuvenating results you are paying good money for.
Q: Are Fraxel Repair and Restore Painful? Which is More Uncomfortable?
A: Fraxel Repair is ablative resurfacing and hurts a lot. Fraxel Restore and Dual are much less painful and typically require no sedation or nerve blocks.
Q: I am considering Fraxel Restore to eliminate age spots, remove minor acne scaring and minimize fine lines and pores. I am also undergoing Sculptra to replace age-related loss of volume and wrinkling in my face. Is it safe to combine the two?
A: Fraxel Dual (or Restore) combined with Sculptra is one of my favorite one-two punches of non-surgical rejuvenation. The Fraxel improves the skin color and texture while the Sculptra reshapes and re-volumizes the aging face. Sculptra improves those concavities that cause shadows and a gaunt look. They are safe to do in tandem. I usually wait 1-2 weeks between then for best results.
Q: What Treatments Do You Recommend for Atrophic Acne Scarring?
A: There are several options to consider. Fraxel Restore is safe for most skin types, and when done in a series of 5-6 sessions, it will stimulate new collagen production. The sessions are spaced about 4 weeks apart and in between the sessions, I recommend topical prescription retinoids, growth factors and of course, sunscreens. In cases of severe scarring, I may combine Fraxel with subcision and do some Radiesse filling after the course is complete.
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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.
Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.