Palomar Fraxel Laser side effects

  • 7 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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I don't think these kind of lasers are good for skin tightening (neck), but MAYBE for skin texture improvement. There is a radio frequency procedure that is painless and suggested for tightening the neck "waddle". I had one procedure done and it was VERY painful and since it was and I have been doing research, I am not sure I want to make another appointment because I don't really believe it will work.
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The procedure I had done that was painful was the Palomar Fraxel. Like I said, it may work on skin texture, acne scars and fine lines, but not on tightening neck waddle. Gobble, gobble ;o)
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Worst decision I have ever made in my life. I thought I had researched any risks by consulting several docs, but unfortunately nobody ever mentioned fat atrophy as a possibility. Now I have to live with this for the rest of my life.
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Hi fractastic, I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience with lasers. I'm done with lasers myself. I have some scarring from my laser procedure. I have been using dermaroller instead. I have been very happy with it so far. I was finalky happy with my face after having a facelift and fat transfer. I decided to have a Pelleve procedure just to improve skin quality. Well it melted fat in my cheeks. The next day I could see my cheek was more lax. I figured out quickly some fat was gone. Nobody claims this side effect. One woman on real self emailed me with the same fat atrophy problem in her tear troughs. . I am so mad. Be careful. Good luck.
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Has anyone been treated with the Palomar ICON. I had a full face laser treatment. Melted the fat in my face. I lost all my r. cheek and most of my left. 10 days out my face is still burning. The rep from the company says it is impossible to affect fat since the laser is designed to treat water. I states that fat contains water so the laser also targets the fat. His reply, There is no water in fat." The nurse agreed. He also stated that the heat goes thru the fat but does not harm it. I explained to him that the heat raveling thru the fat certainly heats up the fat and alters it. To which he replied," It's impossible." Palomar is lying to the customers(doctors) who then spew these lies to patients. There are numerous reports of fat loss with palomar lasers. The ICON(especially the XD handpiece) goes directly into the fat layer. Has anyone had a treatment with the ICON. I need extensive reconstruction and have to wait at least 6 months.
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Has anyone been treated with the Palomar ICON. I had a full face laser treatment. Melted the fat in my face. I lost all my r. cheek and most of my left. 10 days out my face is still burning. The rep from the company says it is impossible to affect fat since the laser is designed to treat water. I states that fat contains water so the laser also targets the fat. His reply, There is no water in fat." The nurse agreed. He also stated that the heat goes thru the fat but does not harm it. I explained to him that the heat raveling thru the fat certainly heats up the fat and alters it. To which he replied," It's impossible." Palomar is lying to the customers(doctors) who then spew these lies to patients. There are numerous reports of fat loss with palomar lasers. The ICON(especially the XD handpiece) goes directly into the fat layer. Has anyone had a treatment with the ICON. I need extensive reconstruction and have to wait at least 6 months.
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I have had fat atrophy with Palomar 1540 ICON. Severe lipoatrophy. My cheeks are gone. Please contact me. Others are having this issue and the company Cynosure is denying this risk. My fac literally melted. I need a fat grafting and other surgeries.
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Were you treated with the Palomar laser. Please contact ME. I AM DOCUMENTING THESE CASES. PALOMAR STATES IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. The laser is targeting the fat at the dermal-hypodermal junction. The layer between the fat and dermis. The heat stays and extends deeper in the fat layer and melts fat. This laser is also damaging the shared blood supply between the dermis and fat layer causing mor of a gradual fat loss. We cannot continue to let the company who sells Palomar Cynosure to continue to say, "It's impossible our wavelength does not go deep enough. To Make matters worse, in patients who have a thinner dermal layer(like me since the laser melted my face) the wavelength his the fat layer. We are unknowingly having lipo on our face. If you have had fat atrophy or volume loss from Palomar laser please reply.
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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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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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These people do not need extractions. There is cellular debris, which will be present in the grid patterns after the procedure. The body will rid the treated area of this material and it absolutely does not need the application of a tool used by estheticians to this area for proper wound healing! What will happen as a result of esthetic tampering is a scar that will form in the area the body is already healing. Stay away from anyone but a Nurse or Doctor for these treatments.
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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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I completely agree with you ArcticTam. I light peel might help speed up recovery from the grid marks. Grid marks are common and patients are not told about this or the possibilities of ingrowing hairs which can cause the skin to erupt. Patients are also not advised that it can cause fat loss. So after the healing swelling reduces you will find that you will have a bigger problem. Which of course you can resolve with a very expensive filler addiction - which can itself open up a whole nuther can of worms - including frozen and pillow face.... smooth but deforming... Find a good doctor/nurse who will properly explain the risks and possibilities and you can take an informed gamble.
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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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