Fraxel Gave Me Long Term Damage - Indianapolis, IN

I had fraxel laser done in November 2008 to...

I had fraxel laser done in November 2008 to address some shallow scarring on my face. My settings were 35mj/8density/8passes. I did a lot of research and asked my doctor about the negative side effects and I was assured this was a safe procedure. She also told me that it would help me with my melasma so I decided to do it. I have been living in regret since that day. I have been left with bad/rough skin texture (as if my pores doubled in size), and I have terrible discoloration on my face, it looks as if my face is 5 shades darker than my neck. I also now have severely dry and dehydrated skin and weird bumps everywhere. The scarring is now more noticeable than it was before. I am devastated by the results of this laser, I wish I didn’t have it done.

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sadly i also have had the same results and am devastated. .
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Lily how are you now ?
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Fraxel laser ( fractional method ) Palomer non ablative laser ( brand and type) Destroyed my life . There are so many cases on here. I wish to god I read these before I got it done.
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Hi I had Palomar non ablative fractional laser done 6 months ago I'm devastated been on antidepressants it's affecting my family I've been back to them they tell me my skin looks better, what a load of rubbish I'm going to get second opinion tomorrow and I'm going to ask my doctor to refer me to a dermatologist I'm also going to ring palomar themselves. I don't know what settings were used on me the last time but I was so swollen it was ridiculous. Every day I cry when I look in the mirror I've just been reading other peoples comments and I'm so upset. It actually scares me when people say a year later their skin is getting worse but when I spoke to one doctor she told me it takes time to heal so I just can't trust doctors anymore I have orange peel skin lines from the laser head slight dents in the skin grid texture still and a bad dent near my hair line Cos Medical Skin care solutions in Joondalup Perth West Australia where I had it done said there is no way the machine would do that but it wasn't there before,I know it has caused it.
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Me too . I feel every word you write , your not alone , what country/ city / doc treated you ?
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Hi there it was in Perth West Australia Cos Medical Skin Solutions treated by a technician not even a doctor I was soooo stupid
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Me too!! Devasted! 18 months later !!
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l am on here looking at fraxel and being turned off very quickly..the probs i have are from a tca peel...wouldnt touch that with a 50 foot barge pole...so many things can go wrong..fraxel looking the same.....
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Starling373 ,I was recommended a tca peel to fix textural problems left from fraxel , Could you please tell me about your experience with tca and the scaring and why you were not happy with your treatment ? Thank you :)
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My advice to everyone out there stay away from any kind of laser ,IPL, fractional non ablative, co2 etc...... They destroy too many peoples lives and skin. There are so many bad results as very few good results on this site???? and everyone has the same symptoms from these dreadful machines.
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Here are some helpful tips ive picked up on the way. 100 per cent hyaluronic acid is the worlds most affective humectant great for smoothing outh skin retaining water and the worlds most affective moisturiser. another humectant which is by far the most common used but not as affective is glycerin make sure u dilute it. Ceramindes are great for repair the skins barrier. and dermalogica has a great skin barrier cream. dimethicone is also another humectant also good for skin barrier and sodium pca. squalane oil is a great moistureiser and also something that your body produces and can sometimes not produce enough which leads to dry skin. hope this helped xo
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I read your story and am experiencing similar issues...did the doctor's say anything about the dry skin or what you can do to treat it. It's almost two years on for me and it's difficult to walk in the wind because my face constantly feels chapped. It's been a nightmare for me too, I know what you are going through
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No Prevea Plastic surgeons gave me no help at all. I wish I could help, but I don't even know what to use on my skin except what I read on the internet. It's been almost a year now and my face just gets worst. I hope yours gets better!!!
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I hope so too, I use castor oil, coconut oil, vaseline...it's really awful. I just can't believe my face no longer can retain any moisture...I'll let you know if I find anything that works for me.
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Why is your skin getting worse what is happening that's so sad, naturally your skin heals so if yours is getting worse it makes you wonder what damage these machines are doing to us all very scary
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I use OSMOSIS, its an active organic enzyme based line from California, not tested on animals and 100 percent natural. It feels good and helps with hydration. sadly the damage is not repairable. xxx :(
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Hi Lily,
How are you doing? Some one said you are considering a class action law suit, I would like to do that also. How is your face, and what would you suggest for texture problems? Thank you, Julie
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Hi Lily,
How are you doing, think about you often, since I have the same issues? I think about dying lately, because I just don't know how much more I can go through. My face gets worst everyday, and I'm so depressed. Hope you are doing better. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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is this action just in america.. I'm in Canada and would love to get in on the action.
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Lily.  I've had a TCA peel and plan to do another soon.  Yes there is hope!!
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Try going to this site and look for instructions on filing ***links to 3rd party sites not allowed as per Community Guidelines***

Also, you can submit a file against the manufacturer thru the better business bureau. A representive from the bureau will send you updates about your claim and let you know when it was filed/submitted to the manufacturer. Once a claim is submitted the company has to keep it on file for a very long time. Therefore the more people who report adverse events from this laser the more serious they will take the claim. From what I found out from cosmetic medical device FDA submissions is that they don't always have to go through testing. If the company can say that the new device is comparable to a pre-existing device then it can get pushed through by a "comparable" method. Fraxel was compared other laser devices, however it went much deeper into the skin in a "fractional" manner. It's been a while since I read the submission report for fraxel but I was shocked to find out that there was basically no significant testing on it, and it was heavily marketed as "the safest proceedure out there". The regulation on these devices seems to have fallen through the cracks. Please report, they will start to add up.
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Biggest Mistake of My Life - Just try to hang in there day by day for now. Use lots of sunblock and take really good supplements for your skin. Try to find a way to reduce the emotion associated with it (trust me, I know how hard that is). I can't tell you how much I've cried over this but I'm in a much better place now. I'm just hoping that the TCA peel I plan on doing will help... it might take a few of them but at least there is hope. Good luck to you too. I will also keep you in my prayers. Lilly.
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Thank you Lily, I will try the TCA peels. I will also keep you in my prayers and file a report.
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