I was treated with CO2 Fractional Laser for acne scar on my whole face 4 weeks ago. Now, it's still pretty red, and I feel hopeless because it seems like my skin is getting worse. Is there any possibility that my normal skin color will return?
Redness After CO2 Fractional Laser
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Redness after Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Redness after laser skin resurfacing
Reddness will go away
The reddness you are experiencing is not uncommon, even after fractional laser treatments. It is usually an indication that the skin is still healing. I would avoid any skin bleaching cream or Retin A for another week, or if you are using these creams, back-off and start using them every other day. Use lots of moisturizer and avoid the sun. It will get better.
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Redness Post Fractional Laser
The skin is compromised after a Fractional Laser treatment and special care is needed post procedure. Whether you did an ablative or non-ablative laser, following the pre and post care instructions is vital in the successful outcome from this aggressive treatment. A follow-up visit is recommended and the recovery products maybe adjusted to your particular needs. The number one reason a person may continue to be red, is sun exposure. Even driving in the car during the daytime can affect the skin and cause inflammation from the sun post procedure. Another reason is that a product that you previously used maybe too aggressive and may contain ingredients that are irritating to the skin during this time. When your skin returns to your normal state...meaning when your skin feels like your skin again, which could be a few months, then you can introduce your skincare routine one product at a time.
How common is redness after CO2 laser?
Redness is dependent on patient and treatment characteristics including skin type, type of laser and depth of the laser treatment.
Redness is a common immediately after laser treatment and for the first week after laser. Occasionally there can be redness for up to six weeks and rarely for six months. To reduced the chance of redness several measures can be taken during your laser treatment:
• Avoid in certain high risk skin types, identify before treatment
• Safety protocol for every patient
• Clear post laser resurfacing instructions
• Use of bio-technology to enhance recovery after laser
• Use of test-patch of laser to avoid risk
• An experienced doctor who has used laser resurfacing for many years with good results
• State-of-the-art modern laser designed for safety and fast recovery
If you have redness after laser, skin creams can be prescribed that will reduce the redness faster, these include moisturisers, sun block and anti-inflammatory creams.
Redness After CO2 Fractional Laser
Redness lasting more than what is expected — a week or so — is called prolonged erythema (redness). This sometimes is a sign that something is not right and that there is a potential adverse reaction occurring — so call your physician and get in for an evaluation.
Redness after Fractional CO2 laser
Redness is a common side effect of the Fractionated CO2 laser. Usually my patients stay red for a few days after treatment. Was this your first treatment? The redness should dissipate fairly quickly. If it continues you should return to you dermatologist to evaluate it and see if they can give you anything to help the redness go away more quickly. Make sure you had the actual Fraxel laser and always consult with a board certified dermatologist for your treatments who has experience in this procedure.
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