American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
8 months ago

Any thoughts.?

Hi my name is Monica.

I had a CO2 laser done in November and it left me with scars, lines, extreme hyperpigmentation.

My face is 10 times as dark as it should be.

I went back to the performing doctor & numerous other doctors with no solutions.

I have been on numerous medications with no improvement.

I live in in Chicago and I have exhausted all my options including financially.

I know this is

Procedure: Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing
Location: Palos Heights, IL

Replies 2

Han Hoang
ASPS Surgeon

All heat bases ablative procedures have risks of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) especially if there is any delay wound healing. PIH can be treated effectively with topical agents. It’s the most affordable treatment but it takes a long time. Other minimally invasive treatments although can accelerate the process they can also make the problem worse. If you have tried multiple modalities I would recommend at this point to find a local dermatologist who is known for treating melasma and go on a non invasive protocol. Good luck

Denis Riccardi
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hi Monica, I'm really sorry to hear about your experience. Dealing with the aftermath of a procedure like this can be quite challenging. Since you've already sought advice from multiple doctors and tried various medications without improvement, it might be worth considering seeking a second opinion from a specialist in dermatology or cosmetic surgery. They might be able to provide new insights or alternative treatments. Additionally, looking into support groups or online forums for people who have faced similar challenges could provide you with valuable advice and emotional support


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