I was treated with CO2 Fractional Laser for acne scar on my whole face 4 weeks ago. Now, it's still pretty red, and I feel hopeless because it seems like my skin is getting worse. Is there any possibility that my normal skin color will return?
Redness After CO2 Fractional Laser
Doctor Answers (4)
Reddness will go away
The reddness you are experiencing is not uncommon, even after fractional laser treatments. It is usually an indication that the skin is still healing. I would avoid any skin bleaching cream or Retin A for another week, or if you are using these creams, back-off and start using them every other day. Use lots of moisturizer and avoid the sun. It will get better.
Redness after laser skin resurfacing
Redness after Fractional CO2 laser
Redness is a common side effect of the Fractionated CO2 laser. Usually my patients stay red for a few days after treatment. Was this your first treatment? The redness should dissipate fairly quickly. If it continues you should return to you dermatologist to evaluate it and see if they can give you anything to help the redness go away more quickly. Make sure you had the actual Fraxel laser and always consult with a board certified dermatologist for your treatments who has experience in this procedure.
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