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IPL Laser vs Laser Skin Resurfacing

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IPL Laser: The difference between an IPL Photofacial and Laser Skin Resurfacing

Many people who want to rejuvenate their skin research IPL laser treatments, not knowing they have conflated IPL Photofacials with Laser skin resurfacing, two popular cosmetic procedures. While both procedures are light-based treatments that stimulate similar biological reactions in the skin, they are two different things, and the IPL laser is actually not a laser at all. Learn the difference between an IPL Photofacial and Laser skin resurfacing to discover which treatment is best for you.

IPL Laser and Laser Skin Resurfacing

Light-based treatments are some of the most popular non-invasive alternatives to surgical procedures. IPL Photofacials and Laser Skin Resurfacing being two examples of common skin treatments for diminishing the signs of aging, ridding the complexion of blemishes and improving skin tone and texture. But what is the difference between a photo facial, using an IPL laser and laser skin resurfacing?

The Difference between IPL and Lasers

Most people are not aware that “laser” is actually an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Lasers focus a single wavelength or color of light to create a direct beam of light. This beam allows for the precise targeting of a specific pigment or skin tissue. Photofacials, which many mistakenly refer to as IPL lasers, are not actually lasers. Instead of emitting a beam of light, Photofacials emit a spectrum of colors in pulses, or flashes of high intensity broadband light (BBL.) Because a Photofacial emits a broad spectrum of light and not a single beam of light, it is incorrect to refer to a Photofacial as an IPL laser.

Light-Based Skin Treatments

Both Laser skin resurfacing and Photofacials deploy thermal energy to improve numerous skin conditions in two main ways.

They target the pigment found in melanin or blood vessels to diminish brown spots, hyper pigmentation and vascular lesions and redness. Penetrating the pigment with thermal energy either damages a blood vessel that cause redness or fractures an accumulation of melanin, which causes brown spots. The body can then metabolize the destroyed blood vessel or pulverized melanin, allowing the blemish to fade from view.

IPL and lasers improve the signs of aging and rejuvenate the skin by heating the tissue below the skin’s surface, stimulating the renewal of skin cells and stimulating the production of collagen. However, laser treatments are more effective than IPL Photofacials for creating collagen.

When is an IPL Photofacials best?

Photofacials are less invasive and are better suited for overall skin rejuvenation when the patient wishes to avoid pain or downtime. In addition, IPL treatments are especially well suited for targeting vascular and pigmented lesions. However, because IPL treatments emit a broad spectrum of light that is not focused to a specific wavelength, they may not be suitable for all skin types.

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IPL Photofacials are especially good at:

  • Targeting brown spots & freckles
  • Improving redness, especially in the face
  • Diminishing broken capillaries
  • Reducing enlarged pores.
  • Overall skin rejuvenation

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Because lasers offer more precision, they are better suited for targeting deeper wrinkles and fine lines, scarring, and other conditions that require heating of the deeper layers of the dermis to stimulate collagen production. By penetrating deeper, lasers typically require more downtime than IPL treatments.

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Lasers are especially suited for improving

Now that you know that the IPL laser is actually not a laser and the difference between a Photofacial and laser skin resurfacing, the best way to determine which skincare treatment is right for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation with the skincare specialists at Santé Medical Aesthetics. Contact Santé online or call them today at (817) 305-0050.

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Acne Scar Treatment: Part II: Finding the Best Acne Scar Treatment for You

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Acne Scar Treatment: Part II: Finding the Best Acne Scar Treatment for You

In part I of the acne scar treatment series, you learned about what causes acne scars and the different types of acne scars. Knowing this will help you determine which acne scar treatment is best for you. Typically, treatment plans for acne scars combine multiple modalities to achieve the best results possible.

<< Part I: Different Types of Acne Scars

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are cosmetic injections composed of a volumizing gel. Fillers are most commonly used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, restore age related volume loss or as lip injections. However, fillers are very effective at improving the appearance of depressed acne scars as well. By injecting the filler below the depressed acne scar, the volumizing gel plumps up the scar, bringing the depression closer to the surface. This effectively fills in and smooths out pitted acne scars, decreasing the shadowing that emphasizes this type of scarring.¹

Acne Scar Treatment with Dermal Fillers are good for all depressed acne scar but especially effective on shallow boxcar scars.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a popular acne scar treatment used in conjunction with other procedures. Laser skin resurfacing improves the appearance of pitted acne scars by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen at the site of the scar. Newly created collagen fills in the depressed scar, smoothing undulations and plumping up depressions. Laser skin resurfacing is customizable to the patient’s needs, skin tones, and type of acne scar.

Acne Scar Treatment with Laser skin resurfacing is especially effective on shallow boxcar scars and rolling acne scars.

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Photofacial / IPL Light Therapy

Photofacials can improve the appearance of pitted acne scars using the same principles of laser skin resurfacing; penetrating the acne scar with thermal energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process for collagen production and tissue regeneration. In addition, Photofacials, also known as Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy can improve the appearance of acne marks by targeting the build-up of melanin associated with PIH. IPL therapy can also correct vascular injuries, improving the appearance of red macules related to PIE.

Acne Scar Treatment with IPL Photofacials are especially effective on pigmented acne scars, Boxcar scars and Rolling Acne Scars.

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Microneedling is another popular treatment for the improvement of acne scars. Like IPL Photofacials and laser skin resurfacing, Microneedling stimulates the body’s natural healing process to create more collagen.

Acne scar treatment using Microneedling is especially effective on depressed acne scars.

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Acne Medications

Prescription medications can improve the appearance of raised acne scars. Topical medications such as Hydroquinone can bleach or lighten dark macules associated with PIE. Steroids, either applied topically or injected into the scar can greatly shrink and flatten keloid acne scars.

Acne Scar Medications are especially effective on raised acne scars.

Acne Scar Treatment Near Me:

If your acne flare-ups resulted in acne scars, consider professional acne scar treatment from Santé Medical Aesthetics. Conveniently located in Southlake Texas, Santé specializes in non-invasive cosmetic treatments, including all the acne scar treatments listed above. Schedule a free consultation with the leading Acne Scar Treatment provider in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex by calling Santé Medical Aesthetics today or signing up for a free consultation below.

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The Best Acne Scar Treatment | Part One: Different Types of Acne Scars

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Different Types of Acne Scars

Acne is bad. But acne scars seem infinitely worse. And 30% of men and women who suffer from moderate to severe acne will develop them. Fortunately, people searching for the best acne scar treatment have several options.

In this two part series from Santé Medical Aesthetics, you will learn about the different types of acne scars and discover available treatments that improve the appearance of acne scars for smooth, beautifully clear skin.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne creates an inflammatory injury that can damage surrounding skin and tissue. In response to this injury, the body’s healing mechanism stimulates the production of collagen. Acne scars form when the body creates too little collagen, leading to depressed acne scars, or too much collagen, leading to raised acne scars.

In addition to acne scars, bad flare-ups can leave behind acne marks, or pigmentation “scars” caused by vascular injuries or the overproduction or underproduction of melanin.

The best acne scar treatment depends on the type of scar being treated and individual considerations of the patient, such as skin tone.


Depressed acne scars, also known as pitted acne scars are the most common type of acne scars. Depressed acne scars are categorized as atrophic scarring, or scarring that result from a loss of tissue. While depressed acne scars can form anywhere on the body that experiences breakouts, they are most commonly found in the area around the cheeks.

There are three categories of depressed acne scars:

Ice pick scars

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Ice pick scars form when a bacterium from an infected hair follicle makes its way up the hair shaft to the skin’s surface, damaging surrounding tissue. This creates a long, narrow channel of scar tissue resembling a puncture wound from an ice-pick. Because of their depth, icepick scars are the most difficult to treat.

Boxcar scars

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Boxcar scars form when bacteria from acne destroy skin tissue and the body does not create enough collagen to fully replace all of the tissue loss. This results in a depressed scar that is typically oval with steep, angular edges.

Rolling Scars

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Rolling scars result when fibrous tissue is regenerated between skin layers. The band-like tissue, which is connected to both layers of skin, tugs on the top layer of skin. This pulls the surface skin down, creating wave like scars. Rolling scars are typically wider than boxcar scars, but have soft, sloping edges that create undulations across the surface of the skin.

Raised Acne Scars

Raised acne scars are a type of hypertrophic scarring, or the overproduction of collagen tissue following an inflammatory injury.

There are two main types of raised acne scars:

Hypertrophic scars

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Hypertrophic scarring results from the production of too much collagen causing the fibrous tissue to build up on the surface of the skin where the wound use to be. Raised acne scars are associated with slow healing lesions. Hypertrophic scars are typically reddish in color and are most commonly found on the torso of men suffering from severe, inflammatory body acne. These scars typically fade and flatten over time. However, without professional acne treatment, the healing process can span years.

Keloid  Scars

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Keloid scars are less common but more severe than hypertrophic acne scars. They result when an infection breaks through the surface of the skin and the body sends too much collagen to the surface of the skin to seal over the wound. Unlike Hypertrophic scars that are isolated to the infected lesion, Keloid acne scars can grow beyond the boundaries of the original acne lesion. Keloid scars are more common in individuals with dark skin tones and appear as pink, rubbery masses of scar tissue.


Acne marks, or pigmentation scars are not technically scars. Known as “pseudo scarring” acne marks are macules that leave flat spots of discolored skin. These marks can range in color from dark brown to pink. Acne marks can discolor the skin for several months to a few years following a break out.

The 2 Most Common Types of Acne Marks:

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

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Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) occurs when the body produces too much melanin, the dark pigment found in our skin, in response to an inflammatory injury, like acne. Any skin type can experience PIH, but it is most commonly seen in people with darker skin tones.

PIH macules are typically black or brown and become worse with sun exposure. The only good news about PIH is the macules are usually not permanent, although they can take a very long time to clear up on their own without the help of acne scar treatments.

Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE)

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Post inflammatory erythema (PIE) occurs when the body increases blood flow to an injury site in response to broken or ruptured capillaries. These types of acne marks are made worse by picking at acne or popping pimples. PIE is most commonly seen in people with lighter skin types.

PIE macules are typically purple, red, or pink and can discolor the face for several months.

The Best Acne Scar Treatments

While acne scars and marks can mar the face long after breakouts have cleared up, there are numerous non-invasive treatments that effectively diminish the appearance of these scars. Find out about the best acne scar treatments for improving your specific type of acne scars in part II of Sante’s Acne scar treatment series.

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The Best Freckle Removal Treatment : Laser Skin Resurfacing Dallas

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The Best Freckle Removal Treatment : Laser Skin Resurfacing Dallas

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to freckles. Some people think freckles are cute and endearing, perfectly accenting the skin with golden kisses from the sun. Other people think the red and brown specks from freckles mar the complexion and want to know the best way to get rid of freckles quickly and effectively.

Fortunately, if you are one of those people who want to get rid of freckles, there are numerous, non-invasive treatments that significantly diminish the appearance of dark spots that mark the skin.

Read on to learn more about the cause of freckles and the most effective freckle removal treatments that will diminish brown spots and deliver a flawless complexion.

What Are Freckles?

To discover which freckle removal treatment is best for you, it is important to understand what causes your freckles to form. Freckles are a type of sun damage that causes small, brown or red speckles to dot the skin. They can form on any part of the body but are most common on areas with the most exposure to the sun, such as the face and the arms.

Freckles result from exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds. When the sun’s rays hit your skin, UV B radiation triggers cells within your skin called melanocytes to produce a dark pigment called melanin. This pigment protects healthy skin cells from the sun’s damaging radiation by absorbing the sun’s light. When melanocytes produce too much melanin, the pigment builds up and accumulates, creating a brown or red spot known as a freckle.

When freckles are protected from further UV exposure, they typically fade over time. Likewise, freckles exposed to the sun will darken. This is why freckles seem to come out more in the summer.

While freckles result from environmental exposure to UV radiation, intrinsic factors also play a role. Genes and skin type affect your propensity to freckle, with individuals with pale skin tones being most susceptible to freckling.

Effective Freckle Treatments

Several treatments effectively diminish the appearance of freckles. Some of the treatments include skin-lightening creams such as hydroquinone, prescription medications containing retinoid, chemical peels that are shown to improve pigmentation irregularities, IPL therapy (commonly referred to as a PhotoFacial) and Laser Skin Resurfacing. These treatments can be used in conjunction with one another to provide optimal results. While all of these freckle treatments are effective, arguably the golden standard for correcting sun damage and improving the appearance of freckles is Laser Skin Resurfacing.

Santé Medical Aesthetics is the premier provider of Laser skin resurfacing in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. Call Santé today at (817) 799-7249 to learn about current specials and discounts on laser skin resurfacing cost.

Freckle removal with Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing is clinically shown to effectively diminish pigmentation irregularities caused by sun damage, making it a great freckle removal treatment. Using the latest advancements in cosmetic lasers, Laser Skin Resurfacing works by safely and effectively penetrating the layers of skin with thermal energy to trigger the body’s own healing process.

Cosmetic lasers can diminish the appearance of freckles by breaking up the accumulation of melanin that causes the freckle to appear.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After*

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

During a laser treatment from Santé Medical Aesthetics, the Halo Laser is calibrated to target the specific color of your freckle. The laser safely penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the dark pigment the laser is calibrated for. The pigment absorbs the laser’s thermal energy causing the pigment to heat up and fracture. Once the melanin is broken up, the fragments are then small enough to be picked up and absorbed by the body.

Experiences may vary but for some patients, results can be seen after a single laser treatment. However, dark freckles typically require 3 to 5 treatments to diminish completely.*

Repair and Rejuvenate Your Skin

With Laser Skin Resurfacing from Santé Medical Aesthetics

Laser Skin Resurfacing can treat a number of skin conditions and offers numerous benefits besides freckle removal including:

Softens fine lines and wrinkles

Improves hyperpigmentation & even skin tone

Stimulates collagen production & cell renewal

Minimizes the appearance of pores

Diminishes brown spots & other forms of sun damage

Halo Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After: Freckle Removal

To learn more about freckle removal treatments call Santé Medical Aesthetics at (817) 799-7249. Santé is a premier skin and laser spa located in South Lake Texas, serving clients in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Santé specializes in laser treatments and non-invasive skin care and can customize a treatment plan that will leave your skin flawless and freckle free. Call today for a free consultation.



Laser skin resurfacing may be what you need if you find yourself wanting to return to the days when your skin was smoother and free from the signs of aging that you are now noticing. By taking a closer look at it, you can better understand how it may be able to help you look younger.

One of the benefits that can be obtained through laser skin resurfacing is an increase in the collagen level that is found in the lower layers of the skin. While your body naturally produces this helpful substance, the growth rate will decline with age. Since it is collagen that keeps the skin firm and tight, smaller amounts of it will cause the skin to loosen and sag. Lines and wrinkles will form as a result.

With laser skin resurfacing, the energy will reach the deeper layers of the skin that grow collagen. As the tissue absorbs the energy, it will become warm. This will prompt the body to produce more collagen. During the months that follow, the collagen level will increase and the skin will become tighter. In the end, you will be left with firmer and tighter skin. There will also be some degree of skin tightening that happens immediately due to the way the skin initially reacts to the laser energy.

When you look into laser skin resurfacing, you will want to learn the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers. Both can be used for laser resurfacing, but they differ in how they impact the skin. The state-of-the-art technology used to design our Halo™ hybrid fractional laser allows it to provide both ablative and non-ablative resurfacing depending on your needs.

Ablative lasers work by vaporizing the outer portion of the skin a layer at a time. This forces the body to put its healing process in action to regenerate new skin cells. The new layer will be healthier and have a more even tone and a smoother texture than the tissue it replaces. The energy that reaches deeper will be what stimulates the growth of additional collagen.

Unwanted dark spots on the skin can be eliminated with ablative laser resurfacing as well. These spots form when melanin begins to concentrate in places and does not spread evenly throughout the skin. Melanin is what supplies pigment, and its levels increase in response to sun exposure. Too much sun will cause permanent places of concentrated melanin to form. The laser energy will disperse it and return the levels to normal.

Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing works a bit differently. This method focuses the energy into the deeper skin layers while the surface is left intact. The energy will stimulate collagen growth and disperse melanin, but in a way that does not require downtime.

At Santé Medical Aesthetics, our specialist can evaluate your skin, discuss your goals with you and make a recommendation on how to proceed. Contact our office in Southlake to schedule your first appointment and find out if laser skin resurfacing is right for you!