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Combination Therapy for Optimal Results

By: Jennifer Linder, MD
Posted: June 24, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of
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The application of topical products during an IPL or laser procedure is appropriate and highly beneficial in many circumstances. Because of the amount of heat frequently involved, exfoliation methods are not usually recommended on the same day as laser and IPL treatments. Medical aesthetic professionals should apply anti-inflammatory skin care products post-treatment to soothe any discomfort, erythema and edema.

Chemical peels can also dramatically enhance the outcome of these light treatments, but they should be implemented in between IPL or laser procedures. Most device manufacturers recommend treatments every four weeks; therefore, chemical peels should typically be applied two weeks after each light treatment.

Offering safe and effective combinations

Combination therapy is a highly beneficial way to increase patient satisfaction and practice revenue. Physicians should evaluate not only the benefits of each device and product but also their ability to work well with other treatment methods. Ideal product and device manufacturers should provide ongoing education and support designed to enhance treatment results. Making educated product and machine choices will contribute to consistent patient outcomes, as well as help to set your practice apart from the competition.


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