It’s three months now since I had one session of Fraxel Restore. My skin is of olive oil type (or light borwn similar to middle eastern/Hispanic type). Shortly after the Fraxel session, I developed severe hyperpigmentation all over my face skin (described as earthy/sandy look or tanned appearance). My lasered skin shade is three or four higher shades than my neck and chest. I was very depressed.
Throughout these three months, I excessively used lightening and bleaching creams. My skin now started returning to normal and became very happy not to see the line of demarcation between the lasered and normal skin of my face. The acne scarring stayed the same but the texture of my skin appears better but I cannot tell whether this is because of Fraxel or the effect of lightening/bleaching creams I used.
My advices are:
- If your skin is of light brown or olive oil type (not Caucasian white type), please do not do Fraxel. You have high risk of hyperpigmentation because of high content of melanin in your skin. Some doctors on this forum discourage people with this type of skin to undergo Fraxel. Others recommend it provided they use hydroquinone prior to Fraxel to inhibit melanin production.
- Do not do Fraxel at spas. If you develop any complication, spa people won’t be able to help you. Please do it in a clinic with a licensed physician (dermatologist or plastic surgeon) so that you can follow up with them.
- Fraxel laser does not help in ice picks or deep acne scars. The only thing is excision/subcision. Recently, I underwent excision of some of my deep scars. I had the procedure done with an experienced plastic surgeon and I am happy with the initial results. I will post my experience with the excision once I reach the final results as I am now in progress.