Is red or dark skin normal during the healing process after laser skin resurfacing? When will the normal color return? (photo)
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PIH and laser in darker skin types
All the best
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Hyperpigmentation Can Happen After Laser Resurfacing
I have ample experience using the Halo hybrid laser, and it is highly likely that patients with olive skin will see PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) following their treatments. This is common with all lasers or energy treatments. Knowing this is why pretreatment of the skin is crucial to minimizing PIH. Ideally, you would have begun using the hydroquinone several weeks before your treatment. I also provide a post-procedure skin care kit to all patients to help manage these aspects of recovery. Your dark spots should begin fading soon but may take up to a year to fully resolve. Remember to stay out of the sun or wear a quality, broad spectrum sunscreen.
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