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I had ONE fraxel treatment last summer. It was at 16, 4 passes I think, dont remember for sure.
It's not a year later and while most of my face is intact, the entire left side shows uneven depth of skin. there's pockmarks and it looks as if I lost fat in the skin. very patchy and it looks like it's elevated and then sunk. As if the laser burned of layers of skin and obviously they didnt
I didn't tamper with the skin in any way. Nothing I did caused this, as in going out in the sun or not wearing sunblock or using some harsh exfloiant to wash my face/etc. etc.
I am dark skinned, light brown. Asian, adult male.
I'm assuming this is permanent and nothing I can do to get my skin to be level again?
This is very scary to me. I have been seriously considering having Fraxel. Do you know what type of machine was used? Was it Reliant? The setting of 16 is quite conservative. I would suggest that you go to a dermatologist and consult with them about perhaps a TCA peel to even your skin out. Did the Fraxel help at all with your skin texture? I would also suggest using some really good skin care products with Vitamin C, E, Linoleic acid, Retin A, etc.
I'm pretty sure it was reliant. 16 is very low for settings.
its weird because the other side of my face looks ok but not the left.
i notice my skin isnt as oily but its excessively dry now. maybe that isn't as accurate though.
i know for sure that fraxel caused the uneven depth of skin though. my texture isnt any better so this is a pure loss for me. i cant even imagine what would fix it. perhaps a peel, maybe needling? i dunno.
Did you ever complain to the doctor that did the Fraxel treatment? Were you very red after your treatment? If so how long were you red? Do you happen to know the second number of your treatment? I understand that the first number is the intensity or depth of burn and the second number is the concentration or percentage of skin that is affected. I had one Fraxel treatment on my chest area at a very low setting. I think it was 6 and 4. I was only red for a few hours. The optimal result is to be red overnight. Prolonged inflammation is very damaging to your skin's elasticity. Redness that lasts for weeks will have very adverse affects on your skin's resiliency. Fraxel like any laser must be used with extreme caution.
I am currently researching topical hormone creams such as Estriol and Progesterone for thickening the skin. I'm not sure what to recommended for a guy though. You can really change the appearance of your skin with a good skin regime over time. I would also study the nutrition blogs to try to heal yourself from the inside out. Many people love the TCA peels. I am planning to try one when I have the time.
Sorry to hear of your results - I had just one treatment with Fraxell Jan 07 and so far no fat loss of any kind - I don't think Fraxell does that - it is supposed to "plump up" the skin - that is how it gets rid of acne scarring - I have noticed that my scars are not so obvious - and on the whole my skin looks good - I am also olive skinned - so the doctor did not do high levels on me - I think level 17 is pretty high for asian skin -
I have not had Fraxel, so no experience there, but I can relate to the face being more puffy in the mornings and as the day wears on, not so much.
I have a malar mound under one eye that blends in betterl in the mornings with my generally more puffy morning face, but within a couple of hours of getting up and moving around, the malar bag is very prominent because the rest of my face is less puffy a couple of hours after I get up .
I would definitely consult with a very good dermatologist about your problem. Go to one that caters to the celeb set. It may be a little more costly but worth it for the advice. I don't skimp on fees that relate to my skin or body. You only get one. I know many people who use the Fraxel and had good results. In fact, Kathy Lee was seen on the Today show using it and her derm was on too, last week. Fraxel is not harsh. Something else must be going on here. Was the person experienced? Did they use it too long? See the good derm and get expert advice to correct the problem. I am ure things can be done. Good luck, Donna
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