I have mild plaque psoriasis (on elbows and back of calfs primarily). I also have old acne scars from cystic acne on my cheeks. I would like to get Deepfx treatment but am concerned about psoriasis flare-up on my face. Do you recommend laser treatment if I also have psoriasis? If not, is there another treatment recommended for scar reduction/removal? Thank you Jenni
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Psoriasis and the DeepFX
Some thing called Koebner- learn more...
Koebner is the name when trauma (whether it be a burn, graze, scratch, or laser ) worsens the condition. Hence a test patch is needed.
I have performed fractional laser, including CO2 and Fraxel on many patients with controlled psoriasis with no problems, however I consent all patients that Koebner may occur.
I hope this helps you.
Dr Davin S. Lim
Laser and cosmetic dermatologist
Brisbane and Gold Coast,
Psoriasis and Laser Treatment
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Flare unlikely but do a test area to be sure
Localized psoriasis is very common, and it is well known that trauma to the skin such as a sunburn can trigger a flare. However, I am not aware of any reports of fractional laser resurfacing triggering a flare on the face. However, you can always treat just a small test area with a few pulses with the Deep FX to see how you respond to be safe.
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