Grid pattern on face 24 hrs post Fraxel. Is this normal? (photos)
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Fraxel and pattern from Laser
One day after the procedure you may see the grip like pattern from the laser. This should turn brown and flake off over the next few days. If you have any concerns please return to your treating physician for examination. Best, Dr. Green
Grid pattern on face after Fraxel
The Fraxel repair, which is fractioned CO2 can be quite aggressive and leave a grid pattern. Fractionated carbon dioxide or CO2 lasers, as well as fraction erbiums and even fractional radio frequency energy can leave a grid pattern. The clear and brilliant laser technologies is much more benign and usually does not do this. In general, the fractionated injury will tend to heal well, but needs to be treated with a bleaching agent starting at about one week and this bleaching agent will help fade the darker pigmentation that can occur inside the fractional ablative lesions.
Four to six weeks of bleaching will often improve this. This can be followed by intense pulsed light and photofacials for the ultimate result.
Intense pulsed light and photo rejuvenation can also help post-operatively and often institute this, as well.
Textural changes should be noticeable and the discolouration of the skin should be easily improved.
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
Day 1 after Fraxel
Given that this is a Fractional laser technology it is not uncommon to see a mesh like pattern early on after your treatment. It is a reflection of how the energy was delivered.
You will see over the next 3-7 days as the dry skin sloughs that the underlying tissues will have responded more evenly.
As always, get back in touch with your treatment team to let them know of your concerns. Follow their instructions.
All the best and here's to a terrific result!
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I suggest you follow their instructions and give them a call should you have any concerns regarding after care- everyone has their own particular method.
All the best
Dr Davin Lim
Grid Pattern After Fraxel Treatments For Melasma
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