Will laser resurfacing remedy facial discolorations from wax burns on a dark complexion?

Q:

Will laser resurfacing remedy two dime sized discolorations caused from wax burns? If so, please outline estimated full cost, including anesthesia, creams, oral medication, and timeframe expected for recovery.

A:

Jennifer,

 An examination most likely will be required to determine what service/ procedure would be best for your condition. Burns can often be difficult to correct in darker skinned patients. Please consider a consult with a member of the ASAPS in your area for an evaluation. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

You did not say what kind of discoloration you have from the burns. It is necessary to know this before giving any real advice, since burns can cause either dark coloration (which can be treated with an IPL or Intense Pulsed Light machine or topical medications) or hypopigmented areas (which are harder to treat but are amenable to different treatments). I suggest you see a plastic surgeon who specializes in skin rejuvenation and has experience in burns.

A:

Jennifer,

This is a very difficult treatment in a dark skin person.  Laser treatment could make your condition worse.  A consultation with a PS is the best way to start or a dermatologist.  You can also start with a conservative treatment with creams only.

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