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Will Fraxel laser help with hyper pigmentation on my upper lip?

Q:

I had microdermabrasion done and then less than 8 hours later, I bleached the hair on my upper lip with cream bleach.  This was very foolish on my part.  I understand microdermabrasion can make the skin quite sensitive, and then that same night I applied cream bleach.  As a result of this, I have light hyper pigmentation on my upper lip.  Is this pigmentation superficial?  Will it fade?  Will a Fraxel Laser procedure help?  Cream bleaches for pigmentation don't work.  Please advise.

A:

Treatment of Hyperpigmentation

There are multiple ways to treat your problem.  However, I would avoid any Peel or Laser procedure in your case, as you have already demonstrated that you tend to hyperpigment.  I never use either of these without pre-treating the skin to control the pigment.  My first choice would be the use of creams.  If the right ones are used properly, they always work.  These are the same that I would use prior to Laser or Peel.  The only other option I would consider would be IPL, with very controlled wave length, however, I would be very cautious in your case.

A:

Fractional laser resurfacing, especially CO2, will help many patients with hyperpigmentation.  However, you might also benefit from a prescription of 4% hydroquinone to help with pigment.

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