How to Reduce Redness After Laser Treatment?

i had an accident on my face resulting a 2 1/2 inch scar and had done 2 surgery and 10 times laser, it turn out better. However the redness is still obvious, so how do i reduce or remove the redness? regards

Doctor Answers 10

Redness in scar can benefit from pulsed dye laser

Redness in a scar is part of the healing process-- depending on the patient's skin type, it can take 1-2 month to improve.  It sounds like you had recent treatments to surgically treat the scar as well as lasers.  It would be helpful to know how long ago these were done, as well as the type of laser that was used.  If treatments were done recently, I would use sunscreen to the area (as increased sun exposure can cause further redness to the scar initially) and give it time to fade.  From the photo, it looks like the scar is mostly red-- I do not see any significant textural change or thickening in the scar.  The redness response is part of the body's way to recruit cells to heal up the area-- sometimes it is best to give it time and to do less, rather than more to it.   If the redness has been there for a while, I would use a pulsed dye laser on low settings.


Dr. Margaret Mann


Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Reduce Redness

It would be best to schedule a consultation so that the provider may assess the skin and redness.  However, there are options.  Looking at your picture, you might benefit from IPL and Fractional Skin Resurfacing to help improve the appearance and texture of the scar. You state that you have had 10 laser treatments.  I would be curious to know which ones.  There are several pharmaceutical skin lightening creams available to you.  

David V. Poole, MD
Altamonte Springs Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

V BEAM by Candella

I would use a V Beam 595 laser with the following settings 6.5 Joules, 3 ms pulse duration, 10 mm spot size, 3+ cooling. If you can handle this I would either -

1. Increase the power to 7 joules
2. Drop the pulse duration to 1.5 ms. I prefer the later. Expect bruising for 4-7 days. After laser it is ICE ICE ICE. You may need 2-5 sessions. 

This is an easy fix if you see the right Specialist. 

All the best

Dr Davin S. Lim 
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist
BRISBANE, Australia. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

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