Hair Follicle Damage From Fraxel Laser - Houston, TX

I had Fraxel Laser treatment 2 years ago. My...

I had Fraxel Laser treatment 2 years ago. My over-50 skin was dull with fine lines and several brown sun spots. I have olive skin, medium to large pores, tiny blonde facial hairs - have never had acne or troubled skin - do not burn in the sun (I tan) do not have wrinkles other than fine lines around eyes/mouth. I have never smoked,consume no alcohol. I have thick skin that does not respond to even the highest level of glycolic peels. I did not need to wear foundation at 53 as my skin tone was even and clear. I wanted a glowing "dewy" complexion again. I wanted the fine lines, the few spots to disappear.I chose my cosmetic dermatologist with care and happily paid the fee of $1100 a session. (A discount if you pre-purchased 4).

My Doctor was excellent - attentive, confident with the laser and I would still have her do the procedure if I were a candidate. After 2 sessions I realized-too late- I am NOT. Within 2 days of the Fraxel treatment (yes, my face was swollen like a pumpkin - red,juicy) I began to form bumps under the skin - like a cyst - but they were not acne - a washcloth accidentally removed the top layer of skin on the "cyst" and released clear fluid. A small,raw, jagged ulcer remained. It took at least a week for each to heal. (from the bottom up like a puncture wound) I returned to my doctor (after the follow up) as these cysts were not dissipating.After one healed it was replaced by another.I had NEVER had problem skin.

My dermatologist came into the examining room with 2 other doctors. (My intuition told me I was NOT the first case with a problem.) She didn't touch my face or examine it under magnification - (another indication I was not the first) and prescribed oral antibiotics. She insisted she had "never seen this before".PERIOD. After 6 months the ulcers were replaced with small cysts that had a facial hair emerge. Two years later I have not had a single WEEK without between 1-3 small cysts on my lower jaw. I have small pigmented "scars" as if I had had acne in my past. Diet changes have no effect.

My self diagnosis is that my hair follicles were damaged below the skin. I am 56 with a mild, continuous case of cystic acne ( there is absolutely nothing in the cysts but an emerging facial hair) For one year I had a dewy, glowing complexion that people commented on.(the lower jaw bumps covered with a concealer)My complexion has since returned to "real time" - a little dull with fine lines. Just like before - but I now have a legacy of cysts.

Had I known before that that would be the "trade off" for a year of dewy, younger skin I would NEVER have had the procedure. NEVER. I feel like Fraxel should conduct a study of cases like mine - and warn others. At least inform them of the risks - the PERMANENT risks if you prove to NOT be a good candidate.

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You will NOT know if you are a candidate until AFTER you have experienced the procedure. Is it worth the risk to you? It is NOT a permanent solution - but the legacy if you are NOT a candidate will be yours FOREVER.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I'm having the same problem. i had fraxel repair done beginning of february this year. I still have continuous case of cystic acne on my chin, around my nose and jaw-lines which i never had before. During the day i can feel a new cyst coming up. The ones which healed leave scars behind. Some of them really hurt bad for days. Besides the acne and cystes i'm having al lot of red bumps. My skin looks worst then ever before. I went to the dermatologist and got antibiotic, doesn't help. (sorry for the bad spelling, I'm dutch)
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My gosh, I'm so sorry to hear you are having to deal with these skin problems. I have always had problematic skin, and as much as I don't like it, I have just learned to live with it. I can only imagine how upsetting it must be if great skin was always one of your favorite features, then to have it change.

Please keep us updated on what changes you are seeing in your skin, hopefully they will only be for the good from here on out.

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