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How to treat damage caused by Fraxel

  • dee1016
  • Ft. Lewis, WA
  • 3 years ago

Diagnosis-5 sessions. After my 4th session I noticed a brown spot around my cheek. I asked about this and was told to use eye cream. Had my 5th session which truly damaged my skin. My skin below my eye above cheek bone looks burn/dehydrated.Dark brown spots-looks horrid. Whatcan I do?I hate my face.

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Has anyone tried fillers or needling ?
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Yes I regularly get fillers. Fountain of youth.
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I think someone is trying series of microdermabrasion in Sydney but I doubt it would do much permanent improvement. I contacted Jeremy Rawlins in Perth about Recell and he said he has treated many laser patients with it and pin prick texture is common after Fraxel. He reckons dermabrasion with recell could help, he was trained by Fiona wood who was founder of Recell, as far as I understand. I sent my pics to him and asked more questions , I'm awaiting his response. A girl I email with has talked with a woman who has been treated with recell after laser damage who seems to be happy with it, however not much info is out there.
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I have done fillers, this us the second round I done
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dermabrasion is a very extreme treatment. :/
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Is there much downtime after fillers ?
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Hello, I wanted to let everyone know the reason for bad results after fraxel. I have had fraxel done 4 times, each time 12 months apart or longer. one time I had a bad reaction, as many of you describe, but I changed my skin care regimen immediately and the bad reaction went away, immediately as well. Here is the problem most of you face, as it is the main reason behind the horror stories. What most of you describe as dryness, thinning of the skin, pock-like marks developing, worsening of pre-existing conditions such as acne, wrinkling , scarring, redness, rapid aging (skin atrophy) and such... is a reaction to STEROIDS. Steroids are found in many creams, including anti-hyperpigmentation creams such as hydroquinone and even over the coounter remedies such as Palmer's Skin Success Lightening Creams. Read about this here: 1) Wikipedia - Steroid Atrophy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steroid_atrophy 2) Complications in Laser Skin Resurfacing: http://www.imageps.com/complications_in%20Laser_Skin_Resurfacing.html So STAY AWAY from lightening creams and anything with Steroids in it. Not all products will tell you they have steroid in them, you must do your research. I was using Palmer's Lightening Cream and my skin became so bad I thought I had AIDS and was dying. I considered suicide. Then I found these educational articles and stopped using the lightening cream and my skin immediately regained volume, changed from red to a fresh healing pink, my red marks faded and the irritation subsided. I am so sad that it took me 2 weeks to figure this out but I am glad, because if you continue to use these creams for a long time (2-6 months) the effects become irreversible! My parents are scientists so I happen to be well versed in medical jargon and know where to find research results, unlike the average consumer. Please heed my advice as this will help many of you reverse or prevent bad results. Also read my review of my personal experience with fraxel re:pair. Thank you :)
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This is not a bad reaction like a rash or dried skin. This is permenant damage caused by a thermal burn in the dermis. It can not be fixed nor will it go away with any products prescribed or 150.00 an ounce. Just go to fDA site or Pubmed.com.. Most here have sought several doctors advice and IPL and lasers do cause burns which cause scars that is what we have
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I totally agree with @imsorrynow2
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I have never used steroids , and my skin has been the same for 8 months , I went raw and stopped cleaning my skin with any chemicals for over 4 months and no change . My case was botched laser , the settings were obviously too high and it also shattered capillaries all over my face . We all know the only way tk treat capillaries Is flushing or bbl laser , I also was never given lightening or steroid cream . I've tried retin a , but I stopped for a period of time because I felt it didn't really work . I'm looking for a real solution and unfortunately that is going to be another procedure . ? Skin needling peels or another treatment .
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I been told to do another light laser treatment.
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Wait 6-12 months. Your cells need time to regenerate.
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Honestly if I were you I would increase my nutritional supplement intake, use vitamin k cream (like auriderm vanishing gel), drink 16 glasses of water a day, use cetaphil cleanser and cetaphil lotion, and make sure your skin is always moisturized. It can take up to 12-16 months for your cells to turn over. All our skin reacts differently to different settings. For example, my skin only responds to the laser's highest settings... Meaning if there were even higher settings available those would work better for me. The settings most people use are equal to results from a spa facial for me. Everyone heals differently. You must be patient and feed your cells.
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Thanks what you say makes sense definately , however some of us have been treated with too high settings and too deep, that causes the damage not topicals. I have laser burn holes like so many others, that are not going away because they are icepick scars that reach deep in to the dermis. However lot of people also mistake dehydrated porous skin or laser holes and of course gentler skin care routine will eventually fix it. I never used any lotion with steroids or bleaching creams. Now I stopped cleansing my skin or putting anything I it to see if magical things happen and somehow it gets better but I have little faith as it's been almost two years. But certainly gentle is the way to go for everybody after last procedures it only serves good.
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Update: no difference in skin after three months of no chemicals on it , rather texture is worse I believe. Forehead starting to really show damage as well. Tiniest holes haven't changed at all do this confirms it for me this is deleted tissue that we see as icepick scarring or laser holes.
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Mandy Did you try honey and emu oil too? Emu I believe caused peach fuzz on face to turn to dark, coarser hair so I had to stop using. I did not see it help long term anyway. It might help those with chemical treatments but lasers/iPL at high settings go so deep. Bummed
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Hi Mandy, I have had a horrible experience and through my own endless research I found extra virgin coconut oil helped the most. I used extra virgin olive oil first but found more success with the coconut oil. I now use the coconut oil in the day and Egyptian magic at night. Coconut oil has lauric acid which helps the skin. I try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet and plenty of water. Research coconut oil on the web and look at more then one site. I am not totally healed (yet) but I have faith and will continue to trust God no matter what. I wish you the best.
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Hi there thanks I look into it(: I haven't had any help from emu oil or letting my skin be over three months it's clear that these are scars from laser and unfortunately go deep. I'm am mentally broken by this and it is starting to scare my partner how much this affects me. I'll look into that coconut oil thank you , anything that helps. In two weeks I'm two years out from my last laser, two years of my life gone. I'm glad it helps you, do you have the laser holes as well?
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I didn't find it helped me I've used it around three months but then again I heal so slowly so I should give it more time, but I have to be realistic, nothing will fill up icepick holes.
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Hi, I do have holes plus hyper pigmentation. I feel they have gotten some what better. Also look into Egyptian magic. I am many years out and was using retin a which I feel masked the issue. I was on hydroquinone (under doctors care) and on top of everything I believe I have ochronocis which almost caused me to contemplate taking my life. I saw my skin changing but did not understand and came across this horrible disease on the internet but before I found that I called my doctor to find out she moved without notifying me. Another dermatologist did not want to test my skin because he would have to put a big scar on my chin (already have a scar due to a plastic surgeons error who ironically is a contributor to this website). I never filed malpractice because I trusted them and now it's to late. Although I Still may consider filing against the dermatologist because I am within my limit of 2 years. It is a struggle most days especially if I have to much time on my hands in the morning when getting ready. I never wear my hair up and will not go without makeup. I do not want to run into anybody I know because i am embarrassed as to what has happened to me. There was a time I wasn't eating or sleeping. If I can encourage you what we are experiencing is horrible and I can tell you my only saving grace that has gotten me through and continues to get me through is God. I don't know your beliefs but I can tell you without a doubt had it not been for God this may have gotten the better of me. I am not saying I don't have my bad days but that is when His grace is even greater. We need to look at the good things in our lives and try not to be consumed. I know it is not easy but we have to try. I recently sent an email to the FDA and I am waiting to hear back. I wish you the best and I will be praying for you.
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Thank you so much for your kind words you are a trooper for going through this. I also sent two email to FDA , I finally got reply back and they asked me to provide more detail, then another email straight away that she will be out of office and I'm still waiting reply did they receive my additional info and pictures.
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Hi there. I've had fraxel damage for almost 3 years now (I had it performed several times to one part of my face where I had an acne scar ). I have the small holes, connecting lines, etc there. I've literally tried everything, but for months now I've been doing the raw honey/emu routine recommended on this site and still see no improvement. Over the last three years though I have seen some of the volume come back to the area - it used to be super thinned out compared to the rest of my face. So my question is this: I know fraxel did thermal damage to many layers of my skin - who knows how deep it goes - but do you think that after three years of trying to care for it that I may actually benefit from getting a medium strength chemical peel? I had two peels in my life when I first got a little scarring, and this was well before the fraxel and my face healed completely from the peels without side effects at the time. (I know the peels aren't what caused the problem because only the area I had fraxel is damaged.) Since doing my research about fraxel damage though, I now keep reading chemical peel horror stories! I guess I'm just really scared to make anything worse, but it's been so long that a doctor said a peel could really help even things out. Has anyone tried this for older fraxel damage? My hope is a peel will reveal healthier skin and that the damaged layers are the top layers that will shed, but what I'm afraid of is that maybe the top layers are the healthier ones now and that a peel could reveal even more damaged skin beneath the surface? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!!
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Lef0x is doing series of peels to try and rid the holes, jury is still out in that I think.
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Hi, I have done peels and and I would not do it again. I feel it is temorary and it becomes a cocktail of a disaster waiting to happen. We need to baby our skin and opt for a more natural approach and maybe see a wholistic dermatologist.
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After reading about lasers and IPL the procedure how damaging the skin is suppose help remodel the collagen. The problem is always the variances from settings to skin type to not knowing how your skin will react. That is the issue people are like snow flakes we are not alike and what is good for one can damage the next. Read also about the structure of the skin the dermis and epidermis, what the difference is between penetrate and absorb when it comes to product. Why the act of inflamation of the skin which occurs in physical peels dermabrasion or chemical peels and Retinol do to the appearance of wrinkles, lines and pores. We need to realize all these things help temporarily. Even the Emu oil if you stop using it for a week how does your skin look? If it go back it is obviously a temporary fix. Any thing I do I try on one area on my forehead for at least two weeks and see what happens. I am going to try needling with Vit C which feeds, nourishes and thickens the skin......
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