Burnt Face from Photofacial? (photos)

I'm a dark skin Asian and I had my first photofacial yesterday, my face looks like burnt everywhere and bubbly with liquids is that normal? Please help!!

Doctor Answers 4

IPL is not for Asian Skin. PicoSure is the way to go

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I'm sorry to see those photos of you.  I real wish you wen to see an expert who should have explained to you that with your skin type, which looks like 5, IPL is  totally contraindicated!. This place burned you and you will heal with dark spots from hyper pigmentation and it will take months or even years for the skin to recover.  You should seek help of an expert dermatologist in your area who can give you bleaching cream. I wish you a lot of patience as it's not going to be an easy or fast recovery.  Best, Dr.Avaliani

New York Physician
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Melarase creams for an IPL burn

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Application of Melarase creams and chemical peels may help reduce the risk of permanent skin discoloration after an IPL burn. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews


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There is a very high risk for developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation when using laser on asian skin.  I strongly recommend that you see a dermatologist who can advise you on how to take care of these areas to prevent further issues.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You need the services of an expert

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It is very challenging to do some laser treatments on asian skin.  Your skin looks like it reacted very strongly with the laser that was used and will have to heal.  For Asian skin  sometimes there is what is know as "post inflammatory pigmentation" that can occur after treatment.  You are going to need help with healing the areas that were treated and vigorous prevention of pigmentation in those areas.  If you are not currently under the care of a dermatologist I would suggest that you see one as soon as possible to prevent further complications.

Margo Weishar, MD
Philadelphia Dermatologic Surgeon

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