Comparing IPL vs Fraxel-which is better for eye wrinkles?

I have several fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes. I’m 58 years old but I feel much older because of this. When comparing IPL vs Fraxel, which would you say is the better option for someone in my scenario? I have never had any cosmetic work done, so I’m new to this.


F, 61, New York

Tags:woman age 55-64 around the eyes eyes lines wrinkles

Thank you for your question on IPL vs. Fraxel for wrinkles around the eyes. Typically IPL is used to treat discoloration of the skin, the “reds” (rosacea, broken blood vessels) and “browns” (hyperpigmentation, age spots). However, IPL can have minimal improvement in wrinkles. The Fraxel is a type of laser that's done in a pinpoint pattern. It encourages new collagen and elastin growth and in turn helps smooth wrinkles. Your results can be improved when used in combination with Dysport or Botox which work to control the movement that causes the wrinkles. Controlling the lines typically known as crow's feet on the sides of the eyes along with a resurfacing treatment such as a chemical peel, laser or RF micro-needling helps to improve the overall texture of the skin around the eye. Add in a good prescription strength skin care program and you are on your way to a more rejuvenated youthful looking skin.

Hope this helps.

Greg Pisarski, MD, FACS

If you were to compare Fraxel vs. IPL, then Fraxel is better for wrinkles.  IPL would work alittle. 

There are other technologies that also improve wrinkles around the eyes - The most popular are Dysport and Botox that relax the muscles to improve crow's feet - this is easy and has no downtime.  

ThenmiSmooth or other RF technologies help alittle; RF needling helps a moderate amount and full Laser resurfacing and surgical blepharoplasty are more invasive with profound improvements.

So, if you are new to cosmetic treatments, try Dysport or Botox and consult with your cosmetic physician.

Good Luck,

Ken Oleszek, MD

La Fontaine Aesthetics

Denver, Colorado