Fraxel Repair 2 weeks in, redness not abating as quickly as I'd like. Had this thing done about 2 weeks ago - exactly 2 weeks to the day now - and my nasal region (nasal bridge) down to nose area is very very red. I'm getting quite concerned about it sticking around much much longer post treatment and was wondering what would be the best methods available to help my skin resolve the redness? I'm considering vbeam and will be heading out tomorrow to get some emu oil if I can find it.
How Long Does It Take for Skin Redness to Disappear After Fraxel Re:Pair?
Doctor Answers (8)
Redness from Fraxel Repair resolves in a matter of weeks
It can take 2-8 weeks for redness to disappear, depending on your skin type and the intensity of the treatment.
Topical corticosteroids can be use to hasten the resolution. The Vbeam can be considered after a few weeks as well, possibly earlier depending on the case.
Redness after Fraxel
Check with a Dermatologist laser expert in your area
It can take 2-8 weeks for redness to disappear, depending on the laser intensity used, your skin type and the number of passes done as well as the expertise of the operator. The average should be 3-4 weeks unless you were treated very aggressively.
I would check with a dermatologist laser expert in your area after 4 weeks if it has not resolved (which it most likely will by then) just to be sure that you are doing everything possible to promote ideal healing. We offer a plethora of "after care" lotions and prescriptions as well as, additional lasers & light therapies (such as L.E.D. Red Light) to clear up any lingering discolorations and help promote healing.
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Redness Post Fraxel: Repair
2 weeks to months
Depending on the individual redness after Fraxel re:pair can persist from two weeks up to two months.
Redness after Fraxel Re:Pair
This will depend on the patient's Fitzpatrick skin type and how aggressive a treatment the patient had done. Patient's with red hair and lower Fitzpatrick skin types will tend to remain red longer than those with higher Fitzpatrick skin types.
We recommend post laser continued consultation with the treating physician after laser therapy to tweak the skin care and optimize the outcome. Topical steroid creams can help. Early avoidance of caustic skin care products with irritants such as antioxidants or acids also helps. We recommend early treatment with mist therapy to hydrate the skin and quicken the recovery period. One product which has been very helpful is SkinMedica Redness Relief Calmplex.
Regardless, the post laser erythema (redness) can persist for up to 3 to 6 month and will vary drastically from patient to patient.
Redness 2 weeks after Fraxel Re:Pair is not at all unusual
Facial redness after Fraxel Re:Pair normally resolves in 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the intensity of your treatment and the sensitivity of your skin, but some patients may take longer. It is not at all unusual to still be red 2 weeks post procedure. I would recommend following up with your physician to rule out any reason for excessive redness, such as a secondary infection, but otherwise give it a little more time. If your skin is still red after 4 to 6 weeks, the VBeam (pulsed dye laser) should help speed resolution.
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