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Posted by: Ben | 2012-03-14

Laser treatment

Hi Doc, I am thinking of doing laser treat on my upper lip to remove the pinkish scars that have developed over the years caused by cold sores. What, in your opinion ,is the dangers associated with this procedure and is there an alternative.
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Hi Ben, thank you for the question.

Your best advice would be to consult with a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or an aesthetic medical practitioner, who uses a fractional skin resurfacing laser, so that the scars can be examined and the best treatment advice given.
Lasers are generally speaking safe but results and alternatively the side effects are dependent on the type of machine used and the operator using the machine.
Possible complications include chronic redness, scarring, pigmentory changes, and the reactivation of the Herpes virus (cold sores).
Alternatives include topical products that contain alphahydroxy and polyhydroxy acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, plant derived stem cells, and growth factors, and chemical peels.

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Posted by: anti-ageing expert | 2012-03-17

Hi Ben, thank you for the question.

Your best advice would be to consult with a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or an aesthetic medical practitioner, who uses a fractional skin resurfacing laser, so that the scars can be examined and the best treatment advice given.
Lasers are generally speaking safe but results and alternatively the side effects are dependent on the type of machine used and the operator using the machine.
Possible complications include chronic redness, scarring, pigmentory changes, and the reactivation of the Herpes virus (cold sores).
Alternatives include topical products that contain alphahydroxy and polyhydroxy acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, plant derived stem cells, and growth factors, and chemical peels.

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