Going Outside the Day After Fraxel:Restore Treatment?

Hi, I had a Fraxel:Restore treatment a few days ago. The day after my treatment, I had to be outside for about 30-45 minutes running errands. I was very vigilant in putting on sunblock, as well as covering my face with a hoodie throughout the time I was outside. Did I increase my risk of hyperpigmentation by doing this? Thanks Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Fraxel and Avoiding Sun

Fraxel is my favorite laser for treating sun damage and hyperpigmentation from the sun.  As long as you are vigilant for sun avoidance with sunscreen and a hat you will be fine.  It sounds like you were completely protected and should not run the risk of hyperpigmentation.  The main risk of hyperpigmentation comes from the operator of the laser using a setting that is too high based on your skin type.  For example, Asian patients may need eMatrix laser to treat their skin damage to avoid hyperpigmentation from the Fraxel.  Very fair patients can tolerate high settings of the Fraxel and achieve beautiful results quickly.  For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Fraxel and other laser treatments.

New York Dermatologist
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Fraxel Restore laser's risk for hyperpigmentation is different for different patients

Most patients are told that they can resume normal activities with sunscreen after Fraxel Restore. Certainly, no sun-tanning is permitted. However, depending on the individual's genetics, skin type, and history of pigmentation from acne flares, some patients will have to be extra diligent to avoid sun exposure. The more sensitive the patient, the more important it is to cover with a good sunscreen and wear a hat with a wide brim. Chances are, that if you're not ultra prone to hyperpigmentation, that you didn't do any harm, but please do check with your doctor if there is the slightest darkening you see developing. The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sun Exposure After Fraxe; Restore

Hi Silverspoon,   As long as you limit your exposure to the sun, wear strong physical sunblock and protective clothing, you should be okay.  Follow your treating physician's instructions.  Good luck and be well.  Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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