I had Rhinoplasty 8 months ago and since developed hyperpigmentation (redness & darkening) on my nose. It's only on the lower half, but bothers me really bad as the the skin on the rest of my face is quite nice! I'm 29 half-hispanic/caucasian with light olive skin tone. My doctor said he could laser it in a year(post-op). Would I be a candidate for Fraxel laser or another procedure to diminish it? I use zinc oxide sunblock on face, but have trouble finding a good one for the body?
Fraxel Restore - Safe After Rhinoplasty?
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Fraxel safe 8 months after Rhinoplasty
The rule of thumb is to wait 1 year after a Rhinoplasty to have any laser skin resurfacing to the nasal skin and IMHO, this would include the Fraxel. This maybe a bit conservative but is based on the premise that the nasal skin needs the blood supply to be re-established after it was disrupted during the Rhinoplasty. The blood supply should be restored after 1 year. IMHO, wait the extra 4 months until you're 1 year post Rhinoplasty before having Fraxel to the nose.
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Laser post Rhinoplasty
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Laser post rhinoplasty
I would certainly talk with your physician. In general laser treatments are not a problem one year after rhinoplasty. Two concerns I would have - one, is the discoloration a result of surgery and would not be responsive to laser treatment, and two, caution should always be exercised when performing laser resurfacing procedures on dark skin. I would certainly discuss your concerns with your physician.
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We perform Fraxel laser resurfacing for Hyperpigmentation and Melasma fairly often and can usually obtain a more even skin tone. 8 months should be sufficient time to undergo the procedure following your rhinoplasty. Consult your Plastic Surgeon to make sure the discoloration can be treated by this laser.
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Fraxel After Rhinoplasty
Yes the CO2 Fraxel would be a good choice but wait 9-12 months post rhinoplasty before doing it.
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A better (and much less expensive) option for you may be use of the Obagi product and a good sun screen
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