Enlarged Pores and Texture Change from Fraxel Restore - Permanent/Damage?

Almost 3 months after 4 Fraxel Restores (40-70, Level 6), my pores are enlarged and my texture has an odd pattern like a quilt/cobblestone. I went to a board certified derm who said this will resolve "in time". She said it should take 4-6 months to resolve. I am hoping this isn't an "ill effect of the laser" like Dr. Shelton answered in another question. Should I seek another Fraxel provider's opinion? I am VERY WORRIED this is permanent! Any answers will be greatly appreciated!

Doctor Answers 1

Uneven skin after Fraxel

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There can be further improvement over time, no doubt, but if you are not fortunate to see improvement, you should consult with your physician to see if they think that more homogenous resurfacing with carbon dioxide laser, could help.  A test spot might be done first, though, to see how your skin responds since you are indicating that you did not get  a typical response from the Fraxel Restore. The carbon dioxide laser, or other ablative therapies (dermabrasion, Portrait plasma [becoming obsolete], and erbium yag ablative laser) may give you a more even result, but all carry a larger risk of complications than the Fraxel Restore.

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