Is my face burnt from the photo facial I had yesterday or is this normal? (photos)
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Skin condition after photofacial/IPL
Lisa Vuich, MD
Darkeing after a photofacial treatment
This is a very common question. The answer is that it may or may not be normal. Your doctor would be the best person to answer this question in your situation and I recommend asking him/her.
An IPL photofacial treatment uses bright light to target things like pigment in the skin. The pigment absorbs the light, heats up, and gets destroyed. This is called selective photothermolysis. If the pigment is in the surface layers of the skin it can appear darker and sometimes flake off. When the pigment is deeper it gets absorbed by the skin.
It is important to monitor your progress with before and after pictures at each treatment. For my patients I recommend using topical products if the darkening does not go away within two weeks. These include hydroquinone, kojic acid, retinoids, vitamins C and E, and hydroxy acids. Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with broad spectrum protection is also a must.
Blisters can be treated with ointments such as polysporin, Vaseline, or Aquaphor. Some people find these ointments to be greasy, so I recommend applying them on a wet skin surface.
I recommend following up with your doctor for specific recommendations for you. Good luck!
Photofacial Recovery and After Care
Based on the pictures, these changes are within the realm of "normal" after a "hot" photofacial. Blistering, however, is not "normal"...but is seen sometimes and superficial blisters typically can be easily managed.
Healing from a more aggressive photofacial needs to be monitored and appropriately treated for any PIH that may develop.
For specific questions like this and about your recovery in general, it is best to speak directly with your doctor or doctor’s representative – such as his or her nurse, or the physician on call for the practice.
You will likely get many differing opinions from members of the RealSelf Community, but they have not physically seen or examined you. Nobody should know you or your unique set of circumstances better than your doctor.
If you feel you are not being listened to or you are doubting your doctor’s recommendations, then it is certainly within your rights to seek a second opinion and get the advice from another board certified physician. This should be done through an in-person consultation with a thorough evaluation, including a review of your history, review of all prior treatment and with a physical examination.
Obviously, if you think that you are having a medical emergency or other serious problem, you should call 911 and/or go to your nearest emergency room.
Best wishes for a full and complete recovery with excellent results.
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