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7 Doctor Answers | Asked by lion05 in chicago
Redness is normal after laser resurfacing. Redness can last 3-6 weeks after CO2 laser resurfacing. After newer fractional erbium laser resurfacing, redness is usually gone after a week. The fact that you have hyperpigmentation and redness suggests to me that you are probably out 3-6 weeks after laser resurfacing as hyperpigmentation takes 3-6 weeks to develop. If redness and hyperpigmentation appear 3-6 weeks after laser resurfacing it indicates significant inflammation and personally I...
No need to worry. Experiencing redness and hyperpigmentation is normal after having a laser skin resurfacing procedure. In order to help the hyperpigmentation lessen, you can try using topical creams or hydroquinone; but these types of effects usually go away on its own.
Generally, hyperpigmentation after laser resurfacing disappears within 6 months. If the hyperpigmentation has not disappeared within that time, I would advise you to see another physician for evaluation as to the cause of this. If the time since the laser resurfacing has been less than 6 months, the best way to treat this is with a combination of the best sunscreen and a bleaching agent. There are a variety of bleaching agents available including topical hydroquinone, azelaic acid, kojic...
While hyperpigmentation usually goes away on its own, it can be aided with topical retin a and hydroquinone. Continue to communicate with the physician who performed the treatment so he/she can monitor and guide you appropriately.
Redness after laser resurfacing can last for several months depending on the laser used. Hyperpigmentation can occur but usually resolves without treatment in about 6 months. To move things along, hydroquinone and topical steroids can be used to accelerate the healing process.
If your treatment is less than a month ago, then I would just wait for it to resolve. Sometimes resolution can be hastend by adding a topical retin a preparation once daily. Also, hydroquinone can help with transient hyperpigmentation and in conjunction with a low dose steroid can help it to resolve quicker. I would not start either of those regimens unless I was at least three weeks out from the resurfacing procedure.
There are no “knockout” quick fixes for Hyperpigmentation. The cause can be complex, and only moderation of the pigment, and preventing it from getting worse is all that can be done in some cases. Removal is a lofty goal, so it is important to be realistic. An ethnic skin specialist is where you should direct your questions for a laser and cream option. Some peels may be of benefit.