Clearing Up Confusion

  • Posted on: Apr 18 2019
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I often get messages on Instagram asking me, “What is the difference between X and Y?” So this week I’ve decided to clear up some confusing terms and treatments. Do you know the difference between a sun spot and an age spot? What about Fraxel and fractional lasers? How about BBL and IPL?

Let’s clear things up, shall we?

1. Age Spot vs. Sun Spot vs. Liver Spot –

These are different names for the same thing. Excess sun exposure can cause the melanin in our skin to create these blemishes. Unless they are actively removed (with brightening creams, chemical peels, or IPL) they stick around for a long time. The term liver spot doesn’t mean the spots have something to do with the liver. The brown color reminded someone of the color of liver!

2. BBL (Broad-Band Light) vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) – These are also two names for the same thing. Both of these are great for getting rid of age spots! IPL treatments are some of the most popular treatments at YPS.

3. Fraxel vs. Fractional Laser vs. Fractionated Laser – Back in the 1990’s, the only effective anti-aging lasers were ablative, meaning they burned ALL of the skin in order to tighten it. These lasers were too aggressive, causing excessive downtime and side effects. Enter the fractional laser. Instead of burning all the skin off the face, it only burns a ‘fraction’ of the skin. Downtime is less and side effects minimal. Fraxel is a brand name for one of the most popular fractional, or fractionated lasers.

4. Facelift vs. Lower Facelift vs. Full Facelift – These are all the same thing. They target the lower face and neck region primarily, with some lifting of the cheeks (midface) and no impact on the forehead (upper face). A facelift typically includes a full necklift. 

5. Neurotoxin vs Filler – Many of you probably know the difference between neurotoxins like Botox and injectable fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. But for those of you who don’t, neurotoxins work by weakening muscles that create wrinkles. They last 3-4 months. Fillers are like liquid skin, and therefore can plump it up. Fillers are commonly used to fill in wrinkles and add volume to the cheeks and lips.

I hope this clears up any confusion regarding these popularly used terms!

Speaking of sun spots…

If sun/age/liver spots are an issue of yours, the best holistic way to get rid of them is to combine IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) with a non-toxic brightening cream. Although hydroquinone-based creams are very effective, they shouldn’t be used for more than six months at a time.

For long term use, I recommend my YOUN Beauty Brightening Cream. It’s hydroquinone-free and contains a potent but safe mixture of kojic acid and organic licorice extract.

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