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5 Doctor Answers | Asked by Maureen3334 in Washington, DC
The response your skin is having is entirely normal. The sandpaper effect is called bronzing and is a normal occurrence. The dark spots are also normal. The pigment that you are now seeing is also a normal response. This is the damaged pigment (or photo damaged skin) raising. This is actually positive and it will more than likely result in optimal outcome. Stay moisturized and wear sunsceen even in inclimate weather. If you experience anything you are unsure of contact the doctor or...
Hi Maureen, It is normal to have rough skin and tiny brown spots two days after Fraxel re:store. At about the third to fourth day you should notice a fine powdery peeling of these spots and rough skin. By the seventh day your skin should feel back to normal. Keep your skin well moisturized and avoid direct sun exposure. Use your sun block. Good luck with your healing and be well. Dr. P
Hi, The concept of the Fraxel Restore is that each of the microscopic laser spots is separated from the other by normal skin so that there is no full ablation of the skin. What you are seeing is the laser spots as they come to the surface naturally and exfoliate typically 4-5 days after your treatment. By seven days, all the spots on the face should gently and naturally fall off. We recommend not exfoliating yourself since it will prolong any redness you may have and...
The body gets rid of the lasered damaged dermis by expelling it out through the epidermis in tiny channels made by the fractional laser energy. As these MENS are removed you will see flaking, bronzing and feel roughness before it becomes smooth and the tiny dots will disappear.
What you are experiencing is completely expected. This effect is called "bronzing" and that is what is causing the sandpaper feel. The brown spots are pigment that is not supposed to be in your skin; either sun damage, age spots, etc. They look darker because they are coming to the surface, dying and then going to shed away. Keep the skin hydrated and protected with a UVA/UVB broad spectrum sunscreen. Do not help peel or pick at the skin shedding away because...