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Help with complications from Fraxel, IPL

  • Carla D
  • 4 years ago

So many on this site have had severe complications from Fraxel and IPL and other treatments. Can any of the doctors address what can be done to help all of us, we really need some guidance and support. Thank you.

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I have had repeated ipl for facial rejuevenation that over the time of having it done has actually been removing hair from my hairline around my face and especially in the temple area. It has made my forhead look large and the sides of my hair have thinned as a whole layer from the sides of the face is no longer there. I'm seeing a hair kiss doctor in a couple of weeks but I suspect that this will be permanent damage. Once a hair follicle is completely dead you can't get it back. I'm very depressed about my hairline loss. The shape it has changed my forhead into is not attractive. I can't believe that the people who administer these things are so careless and unaware. If course that light is bound to travel into the hairline. They just don't think.
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I think the future holds a class act suit against the makers of the lasers withholding the possibility of some "rare" side-effects. I wonder what classifies as rare? If all these perfoming medical or not are not reporting by pushing us out the door maybe it is not as rare as we think? Hey I was happy the first two procedures and on third it took three weeks to show up.
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I wish to have every doctor try laser on themselves in a series as they ask you to do. Mine started two weeks after the third procedure and it is now three months and no one and nothing is out there to help. I now have lost trust in all doctors. It is true we can post pictures and tell our stories and they still deny it. I went to see one of the plastic surgeons on this site. Brought my pictures and he still said the wrinkles were just hidden and would of come out eventually as I got older. Maybe in 20 years! Give me a break.
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i know, its so awful. the best we can do is make as many people aware of potential reactions that are not on consent forms we sign and are not discussed by doctors. imagine, if this stuff was on consent forms, who would even sign up? if i was explained that it takes 6 to 24 months to show scarring, i would have never signed.
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Yes I agree. The so called "experts" just dismiss what you have to say and put it down to the normal "ageing" process. However one knows ones face and so called ageing does not happen so dramatically. You would think "experts" who have this machine would research and take forums seriously. My husband and I are in the beauty industry he is a biochemist and a cosmetic chemist and when the IPL and RF machines came out we were going to purchase one as the companies making these machine were promising great results. We both tried out numerous machines and none of them seemed to make any difference. At the end we did not buy one as we felt we could not deliver what the machines were promising. At that stage I was not aware of how much damage it could cause. Now looking back we are so glad we did not buy one of those machines. Unfortunately I am a victim of IPL damage. My husband is now actively researching what I can do to help regenerate my face. I am trying so many things but unfortunately nothing as yet is making a difference. I am however telling myself to be patient as things do take time. I am considering doing Platelet Rich Plasma injections and if that does not make a difference I will do stem cell fat injections. Right now I am taking a lot of supplements and foods that help rebuild collagen. If all of this does help and miraculously reverses the damage I will certainly let everyone know.
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Alexandra I have pictures posted and take supplements I am 3 years out but I can't say they have made any visual improvement. For dark spots Yellow Cream by Dermceutic and Arbonne skin brighting serum. Botox for lines around eyes. I am thinking of having Derma stamping or needling with maybe VitC serum. It is sad a Doctor did mine and I was still damaged. Good Luck and keep posting! P.S. tried fillers but ended with two lumps ugh;(
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Hi,
I did ipl and experienced no pain, burning, swelling, none of the immediate side affects listed. But after a month passed my skin quickly shriveled up and has changed in texture and appearence. So even if it doesn't hurt, think twice. I didn't even feel a pinch, sadly I went for 3 treatments thinking it was the greatest. I was 33.
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Hi, I am female, 39, and I have had 8 sessions of Erbium laser in the past 18 months and so far I am happy with the resutl. I did lose some fat under my jaw but it helped me lose my 'second chin' and now my jaws look better because they look sharper. I also have got rid of my 'chubby look' that didn't go along with my small build (I am 55kg, 157cm). Anyway, I am considering having an IPL for my neck because Erbium laser is considered too invasive for neck skin. I am glad I see your comment here. Could you please let me know how your skin has developed now? Your insight is very important in my decision making on wheter to go on with IPL or not. Thank you very much beforehand.
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hi, your so lucky! im certain its invidual based, ive seen so many great reviews with pics and so many horrible, mine included, with pics. i had a chubby face, and i liked it on me because of my background, but its messed with with my features and i didnt imagine in miliion years that could happen. my texture is awful, never healed and it gets worse with time, which i guess is what should happen since im not getting any younger. ill be 37 this upcoming month. if its worked for you, i cant be really one to knock it. but it did ruin me and altered my life significantly:(.
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I have not done IPL. I have done only Erbium Laser, which I think is a bit different from IPL. I wanted to go for one session of IPL for my neck because I want to 'rejevenate' it as well but I was told that Erbium laser is too invasive for neck skin. But the review on this website scare me a little, especially a review that says that he gets loose skin after the procedure and it may be from fat loss that is not followed by skin-loss (with Erbium I experienced 'skin loss' as well, hence the tightened skin). I think I will wait a while... and search for possible alternative. Thank you for warning me. I hope there is a way to help fix your skin soon.
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IPL will mostly only help with removal of pigmentation such as freckles or brown spots. If you have this on your neck from sun damage then ipl would help with rejuvenation. If you don't have sun damage, I would suggest light peels and ceya - skin tightening with radio-frequency for tightening the neck by stimulating collagen. Ceya is gentle (it's not therm age). It won't damage but you eid need more than one for results and maintenance. The neck is a very hard area to treat for aging. Botox can help really bad necklines. Deep neck bands can be filled with non permanent fillers as well. Definitely don't do erbium on neck. Neck skin is different from the face. Ipl will be a waste of money unless you are trying to remove freckles and sun damage. Please , if you get IPal be careful that where you get it is a professional place who has knowledge and medical training.
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Yes, many have reported 'aging' follow an IPL/Vbeam/laser/light treatment. If you ask your doctor you may simply be told you are 'aging' and it happens to everyone. The fact that the rapid wrinkling or skin atrophy began soon after a laser/light treatment is often denied or ignored. Do you have copies of your before/after pics? If not, get copies. And if you did not have B/As done, then be aware that this is normally standard practice to protect the doctor and the patient. Ask for your pics THE DAY the procedure is done, to make sure you have the REAL B/A pics. There are stories of B/A pics disappearing or being changed via photo editing.
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Facial scarring from lasers or any procedure is a possibility. There are several things that can be done including further treatments, lubrication, steroids, injections, surgery etc.. I would try to see someone who is a plastic surgeon who does just the face or eyes region or a dermatologist for help.
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Scarring and fat loss is a possibility, so why do all ipl advertisements do not state these are common side affects? No where in my consent form did it say it can affect thyroid and can possibly cause fat loss. Also, many of us learned the tough way, providers don't need licenses, just certificates from the companies selling their machines and the same company trains the providers. And these can be obtained by half day to weekend courses. Even plastic surgeons get it wrong. Dr. Thiagarahah, do you provide laser services and have you had any complaints from patients?
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How could steroids stop lipoatrophy? Steroids cause lipoatrophy so that seems like a very bad idea.
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I had IPL, V-Beam, and some Blu-Light laser 2 weeks ago. I want to know if laser treatments can cause wrinkles? I swear I now have MORE new chin and upper lip area deep wrinkles than before I had the laser done.
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And what about the 88 members of a support board for people damaged by IPL and other cosmetic laser devices? MANY/MOST of them have the enlarged/stretched pore scars, orange peel texture skin and 'melting' skin look. This is post all over this website, yet the doctors say they've never heard of it or never had it happen in their practice. So what? You've heard about it now. The doctors of these victims deny the possibility it has happened, yet new members come to the support board every month. Just do a google search on 'ipl and laser damage support'. Read it and literally weep at what you read! Disavow and don't believe but the main thing these people have in common is they've all had a cosmetic medical device treatment (RF, IPS, ablative and non-ablative lasers). Afterwards, some have been to doctors for fat grafting to try to replace the 'melted' / atrophied fat cells destroyed by these devices. One victim has been told RECENTLY (May 2010) by a LEADING FG doctor that her face is so distorted (within two months of an IPL treatment) that he does not know how much he can even help her. So, get them to remove this post (which they usually do) but the truth will out one day. None of this is a lie or exaggeration. It is the truth. Visit Awalk (Angela Walker)'s forum on here to read the horror that eventually ended her life, all because of an FDA approved medical device. So, now if another person posts these types of symptoms after an IPL, you'll be aware why.
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Dear Salem, Thank you for your help. You say steroids. Do you mean oral or topical and why? My condition has progressed in a bad way. It has become obvious that I have suffered great fat loss. I have lost my cheeks and midface and chin and mouth. I feel that a fat transfer to my face is my only solution. Thank you for taking interest in my case.
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hi I am derm using power 9 in ipl is hardly making any effect except if he is not using any filters filters prevent burning of the upper layer of the skin not using filters is a fatal mistake I think this is what happened if he realy used power 9 my advise to all is 1-u must insist on making a test patch bofore going into treatment and wait for a week to see the result yourself 2- u must insist on a real doctor to treat u not a teck 3- it is better if the physian tried a pulse on himself before starting with the patient 4- having pain means u will get burn .. if u have pain insist on stopping the treatment and lowering the power and not taking any anathetic being treated with no or mild result is much better than having scars finaly any lasers can be harmfull if not adjusted so u need to go to the expert the treatment for the condition has to be by a derm and will be based on steroids and sunblock with 100spf and wait for sometime
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Hi Salem,
Have you done ipl on yourself? i'm very frusterated that providers do not recognize that ipl causes crepy skin, stretched skin, and fat loss.
I'd like to hear from providers that have performed treatments on themselves.
thank you
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Hi, I just had it done on Wed and have several small blisters that have popped up. Is that normal and how to I treat them now? Thanks
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Doctors will tell you it is normal. That is what I was told now I have scars because it is a burn. Pros like to refer to it as a collagen builder. It is not normal collagen but scar tissue building collagen. Many seem not to have any problems ever, some after several treatments, some after only one. I do not like the odds of who knows how "you" will heal or react? Meaning you are the problem not the lack of control over the process itself. Treat it like you would a burn be careful of infection and stay out of all sunlight. Good luck wish you the best. Do not have any other treatment unless at least 30 days have passed.
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Please help me. I feel like th eman in the movie "Thinner," not looking forward to the next day since I feel things are going to be worse. I had IPL on March 24, 2010 and my skin looks incredibly horrifying. I went in for this because of a few tiny small veins around my nose and MINOR sun damage. The plastic surgeon who performed it said he would use a low setting of 9...whatever the hell that means. I am now almost a month out and my once beautiful skin is destroyed and I am scared for my future. I have what look like large pores allover the surface of my face, white lumpy spots, "melted skin," lines, pock marks, and red veins everywhere. Did I mention that he also burned my hair off on my hairline to the point that I cannot style my hair? I went to my trusted dermatologist and he gave me copper peptide cream to try to stabilize the damage, (he acknowledged that IPL causes damage!) but it seems to be getting worse. I see him again this afternoon, but I don't think he has any experience in this disaster/nightmare. Please help me advise him and myself about how to treat this. I am terrified and not sure I can deal with this. Thank you. Brijet
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