I had radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma on my tongue. My neck was also radiated due to the fact that the cancer had metasisized to my lymph glands. After 8 years the skin on my neck is still very red and tough-feeling. I am looking into laser treatments for mildly sagging and freckled skin on my face, and I wondered if the laser would be 1. safe, and 2. effective for the radiation damage.
Laser Resurfacing for Skin Damaged by Radiation Therapy?
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Difficult to achieve tightening with lasers without increased risk
Certainly there might be a greater risk for scarring on your neck if a laser such as Fraxel Restore were used. Normally it is very safe for the neck, but with the radiation having thinned the skin somewhat, there could be more of a reaction and poor healing. A test spot can be done first to see how you heal. The Fraxel may help the freckling but I don’t think you can have a safe tightening laser for the sagging without increased risk. The V-beam laser can be used to lessen the redness but it too should be used conservatively.