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Old 02-25-2009, 10:42 AM
Jonathan Newton Jonathan Newton is offline
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Hi All,
Its been exactly a week since my daughter's first laser treatment on a facial pws. I was wondering if anybody could give me some guidence about the bruising because the the area went very dark immediately after the treatment with a deep coloured bruise (aprt from her top lip that remained pink albeit it went a darker pink colour).

THe bruising is now fading but underneath the area is still a dark pink and does not look lighter than before the first treatment - infact it looks darker. Is it too early after a week to see any improvement?.

Thankyou very much.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:11 PM
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I would think it would depend on what the mark looked like in the first instance. But, to answer your question, yes, a week might be too early to see visible improvements at this point.

What kind of guidance have you gotten from your physician about what improvements you should see, how many treatments may be needed, etc?

Missy
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:34 PM
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Hi and thanks for the reply

Her mark was fairly like pink and very broken with patches of "good skin" in the middle of the mark. It is prodomanetely on the side of her face and forehead although as well as between her eye and top lip (the central portion being the hardest to improve)

The doctor said that judging by the test patch and position of the mark the vast majority will be cleared apart from teh central protion of the face.

Am I just being impatient?.
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:14 PM
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Maybe a bit. I know I've seen kids right after laser treatment and I'm always surprised at how dark their marks look. It does usually take a couple of weeks to heal over.

I'd give it at least one more week before I got antsy, but I know that's not easy, either!

Missy
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:18 AM
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Hi Jonathan - My daughter has had twelve treatments on her pws which covers her left cheek and each time it has taken at least six to eight weeks to see a reasonable amount of lightening (she has been having treatments about every eight weeks since she was three months old). I too always think that it looks worse after treatment and worry that we aren't going to see much more lightening. Try to stay positive as the very dark pink bruising can remain for up to four weeks.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:07 AM
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Hi All,
Thanks for all your replies - I think I am just being a bit nervous given it was her first treatment and we did not know what to expect. I guess it's just a case of wait and see!.

Many thanks,

Jonathan
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