Fraxel Dual Side effects; How long will the redness last? (Photo)
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Fraxel and redness
Fraxel is one of my favorite lasers since the redness only lasts for a few days. I am not certain that you received the Fraxel Dual. I would consult a board certified dermatologist who has a great deal of expertise with Fraxel to consider your options. The V-Beam laser works very well at reducing redness but may take several treatments. Please keep us posted.
Thank you for your clinical post and photographs. The fractional resurfacing including the Fraxel DUAL for acne scarring can be an excellent treatment. However, many patients with acne scarring also have underlying red tones to the skin, flushing, erythema and even rosacea. The Fraxel resurfacing process creates a micro inflammatory lesion, which has to heal with new collagen and Elastin and hopefully improves the texture of the acne scars. However, the same thermal stimulation will also aggravate any underlying recurrence of rosacea or erythema. Prolonged erythema and redness can ensue and generally starting 6 weeks following fractional resurfacing. treatments with intense pulsed light fotofacial or even non-bruising settings using a pulse dye laser will help blend in any hyperpigmentation from the fractional resurfacing as well as quiet down any redness. Gentle microdermabrasions and a medical skin care program is also synergistic.
At this point in time I would go back and talk to your fractional resurfacing, Fraxel DUAL physician for some advise in how to resolve your post Fraxel symptoms, which are treatable and not uncommon.
I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
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