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August 30 2014

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Dr. Marko Lens’ Chemical Romance

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@fairchildfashion.

I’m ready for my first laser treatment and want to know how best to proceed as far as treating my lingering dark spots quickly, efficiently, and with the least downtime. Is Fraxel my best bet?

I am not a big fan of Fraxel as it is painful, and frankly I have not seen that it gives any better results than a standard chemical peel. It’s non-invasive and effectively removes dark spots and resurfaces the skin, but the skin really looks sunburnt for a week. Furthermore, it’s considerably more expensive than a peel. I quite like customized chemical peels that combine alpha and beta hydroxy acids together with TCA [trichloracetic acid]. The combination of acids exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells, but it also resurfaces while removing dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation. Based on the concentration of the acids that we are combine, we can determine the depth of the peel and customize it to the patient’s needs. It’s excellent and a much cheaper alternative to Fraxel.

Dr. Marko Lens is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in the field of skin cancer and skin aging. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Lens works out of his own private practice in London, where his extensive research into the process of skin aging led him to create Zelens, a range of advanced cosmeceuticals that utilize potent plant-derived ingredients spiked with biotechnological actives.

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