Petechiae (Red Spots) Normal After Laser Resurfacing?

I had full face quite deep tradtional CO2 Laser resurfacing 8 weeks ago for acne scars (full face bar eyes), i still have some mild swelling in lower cheeks, after being sick last week i developed what i believe is petechiae, on upper cheeks/temple which are slowly fading. i am trying my best to sleep on an incline to help reduce residual swelling, but wake on side sometimes, but i am still getting odd areas of petechiae in random areas, they appear in a morning, so must come in night? (i was getting this pre sickness event as well). is this normal & why is it doing it?

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Red Spots Normal after Laser Resurfacing

It is not uncommon for Petechiae to appear on the skin between four and twelve weeks post-op CO2

laser resurfacing

. Therefore, you are at the right time to develop these Petechiae. These almost invariably fade and disappear within a relatively short period time. You should discuss this with your doctor who will most likely offer the same reassurance to you.

Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Laser resurfacing and blood vessels

At eight weeks after resurfacing your skin should be well epithelialized. If you are having coughing fits and are on blood thinners such as aspirin or non-steroidal antiinflammatory agents such as ibuprofen, alleve, etc. then you may get these red dots. First you should see a dermatologist to evaluate the condition and see if that's what they are. Then you should have a general check up and have your blood tested to make sure there is no hidden blood disorder that predisposes you to easy bleeding or bruising.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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