Swelling After Cosmelan

Is it normal to experience swelling after cosmelan treatment? My eyes are practically swollen shut... could it be an allergy to the product

Doctor Answers 5

Swelling after cosmelan treatment

It is normal for some patients to experience swelling after the cosmelan treatment & around the eye area.
It usually is not from an allergic reaction.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 150 reviews

Swelling after Cosmelan seems like allergic reaction

This certainly sounds like an allergic reaction.

Cosmelan has a large variety of ingredients including kojic acid, arbutin, azelaic acid, etc. any of which can cause an allergic reaction

Hopefully, this peel was done in a physician's office where the treatment of such a reaction should be quite routine. If so, I would return there.

If your peel was done in a so-called medi-spa, I would recommend a visit to a dermatologist for treatment. Unfortunately, we are becoming more and more experienced in treating untoward incidents perpetrated by our more avaricious colleagues lured into the cosmetic realm.

As Dr. Chen advises, if you are having shortness of breath or weakness, head straight to an ER.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Swelling after cosmelan

In addition to a variety of acids, Cosmelan also contains botanicals that can incite allergic reactions. To answer your question, it is NOT normal for you to be experiencing what appears to be an allergic reaction. I would seek the care of your doctor as soon as you are able to do so. If you are coughing or experiencing difficulty breathing, you should go to the emergency room immediately.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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There shouldn't be swelling from Cosmelan

NO there should be no swelling if used as directed.

You probably are having an allergic reactio to one of the ingredients. See your internist to treat the allergic reaction.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling shutting the eyes

 I have no experience with this product but I can still say for sure that this is not "normal" and your doctor would want to know about what you are experiencing asap.  You might have an allergic reaction and hopefully not an infection.  Call them right away for an evaluation.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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