Photo facials (IPL) are they bad for you like the sun?????

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   Posted 9/25/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!  I recently received a gift certificate to a spa for a photo facial (IPL).  It is a laser that helps remove some of the damage done to your skin.  I was told that it was not good for Lupus patients but I was not sure why and was wondering if it was comparison to the sun.  I have SLE and do not have any reaction to the sun (for the most part I stay out of the sun just in case).  I guess I was just curious if anyone knew anything about this and if they could help.  I dont want to do anything that will make me worse.  I have been doing so well lately and I do not want a set back.
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   Posted 9/25/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tulip . . . it will be interesting to see what the others think . . . I sure don't know . . . but if you do decide not to have the facial, many of the spas will allow you to exchange the value of the facial for some other spa service.


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   Posted 9/25/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Rosie! They say that it really makes you look younger :) but not worth getting sick over!

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   Posted 9/25/2007 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amber,
You raise an interesting question.  I'm not sure what the risks are with laser treatments.  I would suggest talking to someone at the spa.  If it's a professional, high quality, reputable place, they'll know the risks involved.  If they say, "Duh, I don't know".  I might think twice about doing it!  Your rheumy would be a good resource and if you have a dermatologist they'll know for sure.
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   Posted 9/26/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Remember that the spa should know the risks involved for a normal person. They will probably not know the risks involved for you & your disease(s).

I just had 6 pre-cancer spots frozen off my face and it impacted my Lupus fatigue significantly -- I was bone tired for 6-7 days. Because of this experiance, I'm fairly certain I won't be considering IPL.

I hope this helps with your decision,

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