Just checking in, and I thought I'd drop a note to say that at nearly ten weeks post-VBeam I am still "hyperpigmented." I can't say for sure how much it actually has faded. Some days I feel like it has lighened, and other days I wonder if it has at all. For sure some areas are lighter than others. Of course the type of lights, mirror, etc all have an effect on the way I see things. And perhaps even more significantly, my state of mind is probably as big a factor in how I see the marks as anything else. I wonder if I'm tacitly beginning to accept the fact that I will have these stains with me no matter what I try to do to eliminate them. By the way, what I've decided to do to promote fading is to use lower than prescription strength, over-the-counter products with azelaic acid and L-arbutin and a vitamin K moisturizer (which claims to lighten unwanted skin pigmentation).
As I was thinking about my healing timeline this afternoon, I was wondering how doctors (and you all) measure the duration of hyperpigmentation: Is the general ballpark figure of 3-6 months for fading that I have seen measured post-treatment or post-clearing of the purpura? So, for example, in my case, since I had bruising that persisted for 3-4 weeks, should I be looking at my situation as six weeks down the road to recovery or ten weeks (since I was treated ten weeks ago)?
I'd also be curious to know from those of you have had hyperpigmentation from VBeam treatments what the progression of the coloring was (has been) like. MIne has been mostly brown, darker initially and now a bit lighter, maybe even speckled brown now amid my normal skin color. But there are times when I also see a kind of grayish tint to the color, and I am wondering if others have seen this, too.