Swelling and acne scars. Do my pictures look normal? I feel it's taking longer and I'm worried about worse effects. (Photo)

co2 on my cheeks 5 days ago,was given Obagi face cleaner told wash n clean, then apply vinegar soaks, then aquaphore twice a day doctor said until clear n skin pink n keep using aquaphore I do. I have swelling n still few scabs I'm little worried about scarring here! Trying 2 improve old scares not have it worse. Washing w/Obagi before is that 2 hard for my skin? Little worried. And face still little swollen not as bad thou. Am I over acting? I had 3 surgeries in that same day this was one.

Doctor Answers 1

Post Co2 laser/Acne Scarring/Redness/Swelling--CO2 Laser Wound Healing

If you washed your face aggressively, you could cause increased redness.  My suggestion is to continue following your post operative instructions. I suggest vinegar soaks 3 times daily to my patients. My patients also use Bioshield and Aqauphor ointment. I suggest calling your physician if you're concerned. Best, Dr. Emer


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