How Should I Treat Swelling and Redness from a Photofacial?

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To aid in swelling and redness from a photofacial, I encourage you to limit activity, minimize or avoid sun exposure, and where a good sunscreen.  It may take a few days for this to improve. 

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cool compressed, avoid sun exposure, no exercise until resolved.  Avoid ice packs. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Biafine and Gauze

Biafine emulsion which is a prescription product had been used successfully in Europe for 26 years. It was developed by a physician whose daughter was undergoing radiotherapy and sustained burns. It has long been a mainstay for treating radiation burns. 

 This applied twice a day, followed by gauze or Adaptic dressing should help. At the first sign of infection, you should be placed on an antibiotic.

 Some people prefer Aquaphor. A recent study by dermatologic nurses demonstrated Aquaphor 's superiority over Biafine in post laser treatment ( Journal of Dermatology Nurses Association, April 2010). So Aquaphor can also be used. 

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
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