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Can fillers help to soften scarring from post IPL procedures?

Q:

I'm scarred from having IPL procedures.  Unfortunately I was not aware that scarring existed from IPL lasers and that they are usually latent. I went from smooth skin to my entire face being scarred at age 34.   Can fillers help to soften the scarring?

A:

Yes, IPL Laser treatments can cause scarring. The patients skin type, history of tanning , etc. can effect the response to the laser. I am sorry to hear about your adverse event. The correction can be difficult, but is possible. Consider a consult with an ASAPS member that specializes in Laser Surgery.

Best,

Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

Claudia,

Sorry for your adverse result. IPL performed improperly can cause scarring. You do have some options to correct the issue. However, without an in-person consultation and exam it would be improper to suggest the appropriate treatment. Have in-person consultations with three to four experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to explore your options.

K.M. Reddy, MD

A:

I have treated a number of patients who have experienced facial fat atrophy as a result of procedures which can heat the facial deep soft tissues excessively such as IPL or Thermage. Most of these patients come to my practice not only with areas of fat atrophy, but also with the frustration that their facial skin in the affected areas has lost its youthful quality. Remarkably, structural fat grafting has provided these patients not only with a correction of the soft tissue contour problem, but also with an improvement in the quality of the overlying skin.

M.M. Law, MD

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