I had CO2 laser 5 weeks ago but the treated area is still red. Is this normal, or a possible permanent side effect? (Photo)
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Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation From Lasers -- Skin Lightening, Light Peels, microsecond YAG/Aerolase
CO2 laser and skin colour changes
Make sure you use SPF++, gentle peels and QSL Yag laser at low doses can help. I also like using the PICOSURE Focus with Hq.
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
I had CO2 laser 5 weeks ago but the treated area is still red. Is this normal, or a possible permanent side effect?
One of the side effects of a laser therapy is a post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which can respond to HQ), but there can also be prolonged redness. This usually indicates persistent inflammation. In the latter case of persistent redness, it is important to not cause any irritation to that area. This may mean avoiding creams, topicals, fragrances, etc. It may also mean a short course of a topical steroid may be of benefit. The good news both of these are treatable conditions after lasers.
I'd recommend you follow up with your physician who performed the resurfacing in order to get the appropriate treatment for your condition.
I hope this helps and good luck.
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