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Old 08-20-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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I have Melasma and are considering going for Fraxel Re:Store treatment, but have read really scary reviews. I have dark skintone and it seems I'm therfore at a higher risk for this treatment to make the melasma worse. I would appreciate any advice I can get...Please??
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:45 AM
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Have you talked to a dermatologist yet? I think that you need far more than anonymous internet advice by people that aren't medical professionals. And don't rely on anecdotal accounts of other darkskinned people with your condition. Please seek professional medical help for your Melasma.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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I have seen a Dermatologist and know what my options are, I just wanted to see if I can get any advice from people who might have had to make the same decision or might even have had the treatment.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:52 PM
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I have Melasma and are considering going for Fraxel Re:Store treatment, but have read really scary reviews. I have dark skintone and it seems I'm therfore at a higher risk for this treatment to make the melasma worse. I would appreciate any advice I can get...Please??
Well based on your first post, I don't think that you should consider the Fraxel Re:Store treatment at all... as it sounds your doctor says that trying that treatment would put you at high risk for making your Melasma condition worse. Am I understanding your post correctly?

The only other sensible option is to get a second medical opinion.

Sure being at a higher risk doesn't mean that the Fraxel Re:Store treatment will make your condition worse for sure, but why take the gamble? And having even one or two darkskinned people posting in this thread that the treatment helped their Melasma not worsened it, doesn't mean that your risk factor changes for the better.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:58 PM
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When your doctor mentioned the higher risk factor, did he give you any hard numbers or percentages? I found this quote on the internet about the treatment and it seems to me that what's the most important factor to weigh is finding a local doctor with a lot of experience and skills working with Fraxel laser treatments on those with darker skin tones. You want to find a doctor that has many many happy darkskinned patients that were pleased with their Fraxel treatments.

As an Asian woman, I would be leery of any treatment that can wound my skin as we have the same tendency for our skin to overreact to skin wounds and then producing a lot of scar tissue. So if I were in your situation, I would avoid the Fraxel treatment and just live with the Melasma.

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When treating darker skin types with Fraxel it is very important to use Hydroquionone for 2-3 weeks prior and 7-10days after the procedure. The bleaching cream will suppress the melanin production and will prevent hyper pigmentation post laser. Darker skin should be treated with caution, less energy and intensity. More consecutive treatments are also necessary for darker skin with prolonged recovery time. As long as the procedure is done by an expert, with experience in treating darker skin type, you will see very good results with fraxel.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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The Dermatologist I saw did mention the risk of the melasma getting darker after treatment, but also said that in their experience they had no such cases...the bad reviews I mentioned was on a website I came across after doing my own research at home...and I must agree with your opinion to rather not take a risk with my face even if it is a small risk...it's not like you can hide your face if someting goes wrong.
Thanks for your replies...I appreciate it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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You might want to look into the Obagi Nu Derm system. Because you said you have a darker skintone, I wouldn't mess around with trying to treat it yourself, and I would try to find a derm with proven expertise in darker skin. The Nu Derm system also uses Hydroquionone in conjunction with Retin-A. There are tons of websites with feedback on Obagi. Good luck!
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:18 PM
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I'd stay away from anything with hydroquinone. Or at least be very wary of it. Where is your melasma on your face? One of my friends a few years ago was applying it on her upper lip to remove a dark spot and got headaches from it. Once she stopped using the cream, her headaches stopped also. My theory is that the vapors went up into her nose and straight to her brain.

hydroquinone topical medical facts from Drugs.com
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:54 AM
 
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I have Melasma and are considering going for Fraxel Re:Store treatment, but have read really scary reviews. I have dark skintone and it seems I'm therfore at a higher risk for this treatment to make the melasma worse. I would appreciate any advice I can get...Please??
I found a really good website on wikihow.com on how to treat melasma.
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