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Ocala, FL

I had a face lift and dermabrasion 2 months ago, and have frightening results.

The lift went fine. Great results. However, the dermabrasion around my mouth and chin is causing me a lot of problems. I left the aquaphor on like instructed, although after 4 days, I think it could have been stopped, as my skin appeared to be healing, but I followed direction, and as a result, the skin melted off of my whole chin area. I am now left with pinkish reddish area with hyperplastic skin, bumps, white head things and pain. The doc told me to leave it for another month and he might have to do a micro-dermabrasion for the hyperplasia, scarring ect. I feel like the elephant man. What can be done about this. I am afraid if he takes any more skin off, none will grow back.

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Makeup artist
Darien, CT
United States
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March 29, 2009 8:10 AM

This is not my field of expertise, but I have had some experience with this type of problem. I had an acid peel over a decade ago and for well over a year the area around my mouth would (more)
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Facial plastic surgeon
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
United States
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  Cause is not aquaphor
February 24, 2009 7:43 AM

The aquaphor will not cause the skin to slough. Until it is relatively stable, you can't try to correct the problem. A fractional laser is probably the best bet to improve your outcome (more)
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St PAul, MN
United States
  I had PDT June 15, 2009 with bad results
July 3, 2009 12:38 PM

The same thing has happened to me. I used Aquaphor as prescribed as well as, Eucerin products. I now have skin that looks like acne scars!! I went in to address a quarter sized age spot on my left cheek. I dont' know what to do. The Drs keep saying it will take time. I know my skin, this is not right.

Ocala, FL
United States
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March 29, 2009 6:50 AM

I went back to the surgeon and he plans to do a laser re-surfacing. He did not say it would take any more than one visit. is this correct? Will this procedure cure all of the bumps, blisters, skin overgrowth, discoloration etc.? The theatrical makeup I was forced to get does not cover the white patches. What do I do. Lawyer up???



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