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Intense Pulse Light - Related Questions

Q: I am 64 years old, fair and have thin skin with lots of discolorations and broken capillaries. Am I a candidate for microdermabrasion or IPL photofacial?

A: No microdermabrasion for you! While both microdermabrasion and IPL photofacial help dark spots, the IPL photofacial will improve the telangiectasia (broken capillaries), but the microdermabrasion will be too traumatizing to your thin skin and cause even MORE vascular dilation and resulting broken capillaries.

Q: How soon after Intense Pulsed Light treatment can I go in a tanning bed?

A: I do not understand why you would want to pay for a treatment that improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin, and then turn right around and do the one thing that will undo all you paid for! Unnecessary ultraviolet light exposure increases your risk of skin cancers, wrinkles and dark spots. IPL seems to improve the cosmetic problems (I am unaware of any evidence that IPL reduces that skin cancer risk). I would suggest you forget about tanning, or forget about IPL. If you get an IPL, it is recommended that you use a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. But I make that recommendation for all my patients, not just those getting IPL.


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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.

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Dr. Mary Lupo and her staff performed Fraxel laser on my face and I had incredible results. The service, which is the brand Fraxel, isn't the least expensive in the city, but when done correctly by a professional like Dr. Lupo, the money is well spent. For me, I had issues with age spots and melasma, which were significantly diminished in one treatment--as well as fine lines around my eyes. My face looked young and bouncy and bright. For Dr. Lupo, this is a craft and she spends time with her patients, giving them the best results possible. I'd highly recommend her and this service to anyone.
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