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  • Post Vbeam - is this normal?

    Hello!

    I have a question regarding post beam healing process. I had my first vbeam two days ago. I woke up the morning of the procedure quite flushed, and was pretty flushed right before the procedure since I was a bit anxious/nervous. I figured this was probably better, since the laser would have more redness to target. It wasn't too painful but definitely not pleasant, and I left there looking very very red and patchy. As directed by the doctor who performed my procedure I iced my face on and off throughout the day to reduce swelling.

    The thing is, I find myself still pretty flushed looking and red, it's more patchy and on the areas hit by the beam. It's much better than it was, but I look a bit sunburnt to say the least. Is this normal? I know the healing process takes weeks, I'm due for my next treatment in a month. I'm just a little worried I made things worse

    The doctor said that the beam wouldn't reduce flushing per se, but it would make flushed less intense and less painful. I know it's too soon to tell but any comforting words from people who have had similar experiences would be nice

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Hi
    What you're experiencing is quite normal and you can expect increased flushing for up to 6 weeks post laser. There are good days and bad. Try to relax as much as you can. I recommend balmex at night or if you're not going out. It's soothing.
    Arlene

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    • #3
      Originally posted by arb161 View Post
      Hi
      What you're experiencing is quite normal and you can expect increased flushing for up to 6 weeks post laser. There are good days and bad. Try to relax as much as you can. I recommend balmex at night or if you're not going out. It's soothing.
      Arlene
      Balmex? Interesting, I will look into it. Thanks!

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      • #4
        Its basically zinc oxide. It's used for diaper rash so you can find it in the baby section of a supermarket or online

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        • #5
          Arb, would zinc oxide be useful 3 months after IPL? My skin is still reactive and unpredictable.

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          • #6
            I use it all the time. When i work out (at home of course) to decrease exercise flushing, and at night when body heat rises and I get flushy. Actually I'm currently using the Aveeno soothing relief diaper rash cream. So is my granddaughter! More organic, but harder t find. Buy it from Amazon

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            • #7
              Do you have pictures of your skin before treatment? i'm curious cause i'm going for a V-beam treatment to soon.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by antrax View Post
                Do you have pictures of your skin before treatment? i'm curious cause i'm going for a V-beam treatment to soon.
                I'm not sure if that was directed at me or not, but yes I do. They take a picture before each treatment to track progress. Like I said when I went in for the procedure I was much redder than usual, so it does not show my baseline skin tone. I can ask for a copy of the photos at my next treatment and post them if you'd like. I know it's nice to see some real before and after photos so you can have reasonable expectations...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Aze View Post
                  I'm not sure if that was directed at me or not, but yes I do. They take a picture before each treatment to track progress. Like I said when I went in for the procedure I was much redder than usual, so it does not show my baseline skin tone. I can ask for a copy of the photos at my next treatment and post them if you'd like. I know it's nice to see some real before and after photos so you can have reasonable expectations...
                  Yes that was directed to you ;)

                  I would really appreciate if you upload before and after photos!

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