Had non ablative fractional laser treatment 8 days ago and have severe breakout on checks/chin and upper lip?

the doctor that performed the treatment gave me a exfoliating kit to move the process along but I am attending an event and need this cleared up quickly. can I get an IPL 9 days after fractional treatment. IPLs usually knocks out any breakout or is it too soon after this fractional laser treatment

Doctor Answers 3

IPL and fractional laser

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Thank you for your question brokerless. I understand your concern. IPL is a great treatment for facial rejuvenation. I routinely perform IPL treatments on the same day as a fractional ablative laser treatment. If the area is completely healed after a fractional ablative laser (which usually takes 1-2 weeks) I treat my patients with IPL. I discuss upcoming events with my patients in advance of treatments so that they have plenty of time for recovery.

Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Major Breakout After Laser, Help!

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You can get breakouts especially after Fraxel and its best to be treated for this with antibiotics, LED and peels/facials.  Please see your physician.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

IPL should be ok if redness is gone

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Thanks for the great question and I'm sorry your having a breakout. Breakouts are not uncommon after laser treatments. Because IPL targets pigment, it can only be able to be used if you're no longer red from your laser treatment. At 8-9 days after treatment now, most of your redness should be gone. Call your doctors office to see if they are willing to perform the IPL. You need to look your best for your event!

~Dr. Sieber

David A. Sieber, MD
San Francisco General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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