What Are the Differences Between Frax and IPL?

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Hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne scarring are among the most common complexion concerns that affect both men and women. You may stock up on over-the-counter beauty products to treat these imperfections, but these products might not yield the results you are looking for.  

A more effective way to address skin concerns is through laser facial treatments. Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts offers Frax laser treatments and IPL photofacials to patients who are looking for a med spa in the DC Metro area.  

How do these two procedures compare? 

Frax Laser Treatment 

Frax laser treatment uses laser energy to eliminate rough texture from the skin. The Frax laser can help the body naturally produce more collagen, which smooths out wrinkles, resolves fine lines, and creates a more youthful appearance. We administer Frax laser treatments using the Frax modality of the Eclipse laser system. 

IPL Photofacials 

IPL photofacials are facial treatments that use intense pulses of laser energy to change your complexion. An IPL photofacial uses the intense pulsed light setting on the Eclipse laser system to emit strong and fast light pulses into the deeper layers of your skin.  

This treatment can resolve common skin care concerns like uneven pigmentation, age spots, red spots, acne, scarring, and broken capillaries. 

How the Two Compare 

While there is a slight overlap in the results of these two treatments, they achieve these outcomes differently.  

The Frax laser system is a non ablative treatment; it uses gentle and consistent heat to stimulate collagen production. In contrast, IPL photofacials use intense light energy alone, and this light ablates the area of concern to make changes to the appearance of the skin. 

The two treatments are similar in that they are both non-surgical, outpatient procedures. There are some recovery processes involved with both treatments, but you can return home and resume most of your normal activities on the same day as your procedure. 

Having Your Own Frax or IPL Facial Treatment 

A facial treatment could be the answer if you want to enhance your complexion and resolve common skin care concerns. Frax laser treatment and IPL photofacials can both produce a more flawless complexion.  

Learn more about the outstanding med spa services offered by Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts, and learn how to start your journey to a more youthful appearance today.