Facial swelling after more than 3 weeks of fraxel treatment. Is it possible that my response time is longer than others?

I got a large patch of hyperpigmentation from acne also sun damage on my forehead. It is very brown and red before the treatment. After 2 treatments of fraxel, the doctor said he wants to go deeper to help the deeper skin rebuild its collagen. However,, for the next 3 weeks after the 3rd treatment my skin is quite normal and doesnt even swelling. Its just darker than before. However, after 3 weeks my skin starts to exfoliate. Dirty skin comes off. But it swelling a lot and it turns very red .

Doctor Answers 1

Facial Aging and Lasers like Fraxel/Clear + Brilliant, RF like VIVA, Peels, Fillers, Skin Care, Face Lift, Fat Injections

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
Lasers can cause swelling, fraxel typically even at high settings / density causes swelling only for a few weeks.  I suggest seeing an expert, combining with microneedling/PRP and considering an alternative approach for hyperpigmentation.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.