How Long Before Blister from Photofacial Heals?

Just how long should this area take to heal? It's really large and red. Will it scar?

Doctor Answers 4

A blister after IPL PhotoFacial should be shown to your doctor.

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You're not likely going to get a scar, but the Texas sun can leave you with a brown spot. The right thing to do is to visit your doctor for evaluation and management.

I hope this helps, and best regards.

West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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A couple of weeks

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If blisters occur, apply an antibiotic ointment and wash gently twice a day. Do not pick or remove scabs or crusting and expose to sunlight. This will gradually subside on its own. This can take a couple of weeks.

Blister healing after photofacial

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A blister typically heals over about 2 weeks. Rarely would this leave a permanent scar, but you can have residual hyperpigmentation that can last for weeks to months. It is critical to avoid sun, and to have a dermatologist treat the blister and any pigmentation related to it so as to expedite its resolution. Its always better to avoid a blister by making sure you're getting treatment at a highly qualified professional's office such as a dermatologist. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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It is difficult to assess whether you will scar or not.  I recommend that you see your doctor for further evaluation.  It is best to keep it protected from the sun as much as possible.  

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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