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IPL Burns Darker Skin - California

In 2009, I went to this Dr. for treatment for...

In 2009, I went to this Dr. for treatment for melasma. Long story short, they recommended IPL. We conducted a test spot and it went well. The next appointment, I got cold feet and wanted just the melasma spots treated. She insisted I would be happier with the whole face. The pain was awful and I think I still experience headaches from the experience. I am so sad that this happened. My life went to Hell for the rest of the year. I had second degree burns all over my face; skin falling off like slabs of meat. I was too ashamed to go to the hospital. My kids think I am crazy.

After this Dr. burned my face (see profile pic) she refunded all but $100. She gave me some hydroquinone and samples of various acidic creams. After a point, the hard sale began to get me to 'try' other lasers/acids.

I am just beginning to be able to hold my head up (defiantly). I have additional PIH scars that I did not have before. Device burns and hypopigment on my face as well as more pronounced melasma due to my natural pigment being lightened. I look like a freak.

This was actually in 2010...I was very traumatized...

This was actually in 2010...I was very traumatized by this and it left white spots in my melasma. The only good thing she did was prescribe Biafine. It saved my face.

I went back several times and she was mortified. She really did all that she could. I got lots of free samples of the Biafine and weekly check ups, had her home number, free mineral make up. Finally, the doctor that owned the facility told her to cut me off. He never even spoke to me even though he was the one that 'talked' me into the procedure. This emulsion saved my face; that and the CosmelanMD. It has been 2 years now?

I began CosmelanMD peels with another Dr. (the one that told me NOT to use lasers on my brown skin and I ignored him). I started the peels and I did notice texture issues. I am not a fan of RetinA as it gives me alligator skin. I am happy with these peels and my skin is evened out in texture and pigment.
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Inexperienced; made it up as she went. No real consultation of the 'cons', just selling the 'pros'. No experience with people of color.

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That was horrible - what happened to you. I hope you are healed now.
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This is terrible, you should sue that doctor. $100 won't cover the damage he had done to your face, if I were you I would also display his name and go to the BBB he shouldn't be allowed to practice on anyone.
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Gosh, how terrible that this happened. Hopefully the pigment will bounce back, as it exists pretty far down in the dermis, and the skin is clearly still in tact.

The only time I've ever lost all pigment is when the whole skin was taken off.

I'm no expert by any means, but I'm surprised they didn't at first recommend that laser specifically meant for darker skin types, the name escapes me, but the one that gives tea strainer like dots and heals really fast.
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Hi noipl, 

Oh that is horrible, I'm so so sorry. Are you considering going to a different more experienced doctor, maybe they would have some info as how to help. Please keep us updated and again I'm so sorry.

Thanks so much for the review.

-Britt

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Hi Britt,

Thank you. I have consulted 2 doctors since. IPL should never have been used on my mixed race skin (now I know). I get the same answer of 'time will heal all' and 'try the frazel re:store'. I am sick of putting acids on my face and now I have to wear a ton of make up, which I never did before.
 

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Hmm, patience is often the hardest part. I can imagine you are tired of acids and what not. Please keep us updated about how your healing goes.

Thanks,

-Britt

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This was actually in 2010...I was very traumatized by this and it left white spots in my melasma. The only good thing she did was prescribe Biafine. It saved my face.

I went back several times and she was mortified. She really did all that she could. I got lots of free samples of the Biafine and weekly check ups, had her home number, free mineral make up. Finally, the doctor that owned the facility told her to cut me off. He never even spoke to me even though he was the one that 'talked' me into the procedure. This emulsion saved my face; that and the CosmelanMD. It has been 2 years now?

I began CosmelanMD peels with another Dr. (the one that told me NOT to use lasers on my brown skin and I ignored him). I started the peels and I did notice texture issues. I am not a fan of RetinA as it gives me alligator skin. I am happy with these peels and my skin is evened out in texture and pigment.
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Why didn't you suit her pants off??
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