How long does swelling and dark bronzing last after Fraxel?
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If you have olive complexion you will need to take extra care and make sure you don't develop post laser darkening- that means extra sun protection and fading agents if needed.
Dr Davin Lim
Fraxel and Bronzing
The Fraxel laser is a fabulous laser for treating sun damage, scars, and wrinkles. Bronzing is typical after the 1927 setting and can last for several days on the face. If you have olive complexion it can also take longer depending on what setting what used and how many joules of energy to treat the skin. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with the Fraxel laser.
Expect bronzing after Fraxel
That you have olive skin means you have a higher risk of post treatment hyper-pigmentation. If you were not pre-treated with a pigment suppressor prior to your Fraxel laser, then you and your physician will have to be watchful to see if that occurs. If you were given a pigment suppressor to use after the treatment, be sure to stick with it. There are various suppressing agents available - the most known being hydroquinone.
Staying out of the sun, using sunscreen and not picking at any residual flaking or peeling skin are especially important cautions for anyone with darker skin. Also avoid getting hot - jacuzzi, sauna or heavy exercise cause your skin to heat up. Heat of any type, even cooking, can trigger pigment cells to go into overdrive.
Treat your lasered skin gently and don't use products that are harsh or acidic during your skin's recovery.
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