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Palomar Fraxel Laser side effects

  • 6 years ago

I had the Palomar Fraxel 1540 done exactly two weeks ago for hyperpigmentation. Photofacials have worked well for me, but I was assured this would be better. The pain was intense, but I expected that. What's upsetting, so upsetting, is that 2 weeks later, my face looks worse than before I started. It hasn't peeled, and the spots have just gotten darker; I've even gotten comments on it. Rather than having smoother skin, there are these fine little bumps - like milia - that turn into acne. Do you think it's too soon to tell? Is there anything that can be done to correct it?

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Hi. I had a treatment with Palomar laser for my acne scars and spots. The treatment is only on my face and 3 days after my first (of the 5), I still have redness and itchiness and swelling while I also feel like my skin is burning. I would appreciate if anyone shared feedback on that. Thanks you all.
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A hydrocortisone topical gel and arnica or with a growth factor and sunscreen should eliminate that. Now I hope u had had peels mild to progressive and also been pre treating your skin as well as using products post laser. One week after procedure I usually do a treatment to exfoliate and hydrate and help alleviate any dryness crusty thick feeling. I don't know what your therapist recommended. Best wishes Growth factor helps to heal and repair after u deal with the itching. Always worked for me with laser and peels... Keep hydrated topically and if I can help any more please ask hope t helps
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Hi Girls , I must say firstly Palomar are world leaders in Laser and Aesthhetic eqipment..( I dont work for them ) Secondly , your skin after any Paramedical trreatment is in a 28 day process, if not longer, depending on age, genetics, health ect..and most importantly how YOU look after your skin after treatments. I would be drinking loads of water, suncreen ( non chemical every day and keeping in touch with your clinician who has performed the treatment. Hot sunburnt feeling can last for days, so ice packs on and off to subside this affect. Homecare is super important so follow your clinicans instructions carefully. Its a long process with skin, no quick fixes unfortunately..Hope this helps. cheers IPL/Laser Clinician
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I also had a non ablative Palomar fractional laser treatment 8 days ago & am a bit worried about the results. I only had my forehead and upper lip area treated. My forehead is now clear of all of the track / grid marks, however it looks blotchy and feels clammy or a little rough...hard to explain. There's no laser marks left & the orange peel feel has gone, but my skin is not back to normal by any means. I was only treating fine forehead lines, not hyperpigmentation or scaring. Now it looks blotchy and dirty. My upper lip reacted very differently. I still have very red burn marks like a continuous mustache, that are still peeling. There were sores or blisters that were bleeding and formed scabs, but that has all healed and I am still left with very defined burns all above my top lip, that are still peeling. I'm a bit shocked to still have such defined burn marks 8 days later. I've had other laser treatments before and the redness is usually well and truly gone in 6 days. My down time for this treatment is going to be at least 2 and a half weeks, that's assuming there's been no permanent damage. I am 36, have fair skin and usually heal quite quickly. Is there any chance of a Palomar treatment leaving permanent red burn marks ? June
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Palomer laser left heavy tracks over 100 percent of my face ! It's the worst laser ever
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I think u r doing everything possible to refine your skin. I wish I could see a picture I don't think they allow personal emails but maybe they allow a text where u can send me one. ....***.....***.....****........

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I'm not good at keeping up with this forum just get email occasionally and they r dated.. I did have that happen with a client as its very stimulating.. Took a month to correct .. I use Rhonda Allison peels.. It took a progressive peel they were already on proper products and after extractions followed with high frequency it clears up.. Do the professionals you are using have experience in peels post care and extractions. I always had the client come in one week after treatment to oversee the results as to prevent these proble,s and be there to correct it... Ugh again this saddens me... Most of you are patients who the heck is administering the treatments without knowing how to treat the indications. I again blame it on the practitioners and a great sales pitch... There was a comment about pigmentation on body. You can do body peeling as well to corrrect this. Experience I guess has protected me because I would throw the ,aching away if I had this many problems
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what do you mean by extractions? i've done 4 glytone (jessners) so far. prior to that i did microdermabrasion and IPL. i use gylcolic face wash. retin a 4% in the pump every 3 nights. on the other nights i use md forte glycolic II cream. every morning i use peptide serum. i'm doing everything i am supposed to be doing. nothing has helped. this leaves me with the next option: a deeper peel, a tca. not sure what extractions are...not sure how extractions would help for the grids/bumps/lines...?
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Tres8, I got this reply by accident from Angela Alma but it was meant for you i think but have posted on this subject. I had hyper pigmentation, grid marks and orange peel skin from palmar 1540 three years ago. I started dermarolling a year ago. My skin looks so much better. It is much smoother and the orange peel skin is almost gone. They say the dermaroller works like a laser only doesn't damage skin. I use the 1.5 roller every 3 weeks. I now use it on my hands too. It does hurt a little but I got used to it. It is the best new thing for skin and cost less than 50 dollars. Research it. No more doctors visits. Lol. Good luck. Dilee
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I had horrendous damage from the Palomer laser ! I still have heavy grids and scars 6 months later . Do you think derma rolling would help me ?
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This deeply grieves me I blame the practitioner for not offering proper post care. For anyone getting treatments the necessary post care for healing and repair of the skin needs to be applied 12 hours after for 7 days it should not have happened..my question would be what we're you using before the treatment and there are two hand pieces the 1540 only in my opinion for any Fitzpatrick above a 3 with lower settings . I would request the settings hand piece used and again this saddens me. Rhonda Allison has agrowth factor products but if this has been past two weeks then there is really wisdom needed with a professional.. Mot a lay person working behind the chair .. Im just an aesthetician with over 20 years of experience and if you have grid marks something is wrong. And even with peels you are going to have to injure the skin on a deeper level and trick it into reducing the appearance.. There is hope but it will be a continuous work with mid depth to deeper peels if your Fitzpatrick is higher then be safe .. Get on a good post care and exfoliation at home to include cleanser toner topical retinol hydration and a growth factor... I csn only leave my number to further help the ones find a good practitioner through networking.. I'm so sorry
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Grid marks are to be expected. Practitioners should not gloss over this aspect of treatment. This is a destructive treatment and the skin must repair itself over time. When Estheticians and Technicians are allowed to use this equipment, all sorts of problems occur. Mainly, not understanding what you are doing well enough to adequately explain to and prepare your patient for treatment. People who think they will get the same results from Dermarollers are fooling themselves. What they could get, is a facial infection. If you want results without a grid, use Ultherapy. And for heavens sake, make sure you go to a doctor and see that the doctor or a nurse trained only by Ulthera is performing the procedure.
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It's all pretty much a waste of time and money in my opinion - there are just a couple f items that really work. If you have younger skin it will look good for a while but you will soon be back to where you started. Fillers are good but expensive and temporary - Botox is ok to avoid wrinkles but not too much or you look frozen and everyone knows you did it - despite how you see yourself in the mirror others can readily see immobility in your face - it's somewhat unnatural. If you want to get rid of wrinkles and orange peel skin or hyper pigmentation you have to get a 'full laser' treatment one that takes weeks to recover from - anything short of that and results will be temporary - no matter how many 'treatments' you have. Peels are good but a real peel needs to be just that - not the mini peels after which your skin does not peel. Really ladies no pain no gain. I haven't tried any of the thermal products but I suspect .... Ipl is good for odd freckles or splotches or spider veins .. Just my opinion - am just a regular customer searching for the magic bullet
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I think you have what works for you and are doing great!!
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Thanks Angela - my point was that nothing much works and palomar fraxel potentially causes more problems than it solves. I have many friends all different ages and skin tones and no- one I know would do it again. Some had lasting issues with stamping hyper pigmentation and in growing hairs - I don't think it much matters who does it or how. I am happy to make recommendations for some procedures - but this isn't one - so my advice to everyone is save your money and dreams of improvement on this...
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I second that would never do it again !! Ruined my face !! Still looking for a fix :(
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I have used the 1540 for a year on clients. I do not use the 10 mm hand piece on any one that is above a Fitzpatrick 3... There is a 15 mm for those skin types and I have had good results with the pigmentation. I had heard of cases this happened too with the pigmentation but thank god I never have. For the lady with the orange peel skin after the treatment it'll likely take multiple peels with tca lower percentage coupled with a retinal peel .. Melisma lightens in winter can show up again in warmer temperatures and long term use of hydro quinine is not recommended. There are natural lighten era and if u overstimulate u will create issues
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They used the Palomar Lux 1540 Fractional Laser Treatment on stretch marks for my body. I am a dark-skinned Hispanic. The settings were pretty high and every time I went in for a new treatment (I did 7, separated 4 weeks apart) I still had hypepigmentation. I was told that was not a problem and that all the hyperpigmentation would eventually just go away. The hyperpigmentation is mostly noticeable in my arms, thighs, and back of legs (it’s faded in other areas). I stay out of the sun and use Obagi sunblock spf 50. My last treatment was one month ago. Do you think the hyperpigmentation will fade eventually or should I be treating it with something? The office where I went suggested creams, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, but I don't want to do anything that will worsen my situation. I was thinking of seeing a dermatologist, but I don't know if that's a good idea either. Any advice? Thanks.
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There r two hand pieces to that system. If it were the smaller they used which I'd get my records I would go to dermatoglist. You can email me ****.com

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I too had hyperpigmentation from the Palomar Lux 1540 due to the fact that I went to the Bahamas 3 days after I had it done. My doctor told me to use the Obagi clear with hydrquinine (sp?). It was gone in a few weeks. It is just temporary but you have to use a bleaching product to get rid of the brown spots. Good luck.
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The same thing happened to me. It's been 10 months and the grid/track/stamp hasn't gone away. They've turned into bumps/lines/orange peel skin. I've tried everything to get rid of it and get my smooth skin back. Nothing is working. It was the Palomar Fractional, stamp method. They grid never went away.
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I am so sorry. I'm blessed it never happened to any of my clients . Try getting tca peels with retinal the smooth it back down.

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Tres, I saw your comment on line - have you found any solution as my dermatologist did the same to me and it's almost 2 years of having to wear neck makeup to cover up the bad grid/stamp marks.
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Hi NLLOYD, I've done Retin A, Glycolics, Microdermabrasion, and am now on my 4th Glytone Peel. So far, nothing. It just keeps looking worse. The dots/grids connected together and formed lines. That's in a marked square area between my brows. You can see where it stops and where it starts. Below my tear trough/top of cheeks, you can literally see horizontal lines one after the other, after the other, which have turned into a series of wrinkles. It looks horrible. Like a 60 year old woman. I'm 40. I have no other real wrinkles anywhere on my entire face. I'm fair, my skin in every single other area where they did not do the Palomar is clear and smooth. I did 3 spot treatments in three places where I had tiny scars. They did the surrounding areas. That was between my brows and the tops of both cheeks (right under the tear trough area). These three places on my face are markedly, dramatically different than any other place on my face. It's clear to all that it is damaged from the Palomar fractional. I wear glasses every day now (instead of my usual contact lenses) because the bottoms of my glasses hit where the damage was done so they cover it a bit. I hate looking at myself in the mirror. I'm depressed. I hate being around people. I hate putting makeup on it because it just all sinks into the lines/wrinkles. I'm at a loss as to what to do at this point. I'm told to finish the series of Glytone peels (6), and then they'll do Radio-frequency to tighten. I don't think that will help. I think I'll need to do the strong TCA. It's been a year almost 2 years now. It's just getting worse and worse. I regret ever having the Palomar done. I'm devastated.
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