I'm an oldie who hasn't posted in a while. I'm Korean with medium skin (don't know the skin color type but I'm a MAC NC30 shade). I've had three Fraxel Restore procedures done, all on low mjs (15, 16, and 18). My third one was three weeks ago at 18mj with 8 passes. It was the strongest the RN would go because she was very worried I might experience hyperpigmentation. My scars are not too deep and I did not want to risk discoloration so I did not object to the low settings. Well, after three weeks my skin is still reddish/tannish/brownish in the areas where the Fraxel passed. It is very different from the previous two Fraxels where my skin returned to its usual color after a week or so.
My fourth Fraxel was scheduled for next week but I postponed it until late August to give my skin time to heal and resume its normal coloring. The doctor told me it is temporary discoloration and told me to contine using hydroquinone, Neocutis and Journee. I'm inclined to believe her (after all, my skin has been "lasered" and surely the skin needs time to heal!) but in moments of panic, I get so worried that the discoloration will never go away. So please, guys, have you experienced discoloration and did it disappear and if so, how long did it take? What kind of treatments did you use? My cheeks and forehead are definitely a darker color than around my eyes and although it can be covered with makeup, it is still quite noticeable. My fraxel treatments weren't even that intense but I can't believe I'm experiencing discoloration! p.s. i have not seen much improvement in the scars...
Mind you I had the SR750 Fraxel re:store (I guess there are two different restore's). Basically, if you did or didn't have to put some kind of blue dye on your face for the laser to "read" the skin, than that determines which laser you probably had. Anyhow, I had the old one where blue dye is necessary and I had about five or six treatments spaced about six weeks apart (obviously, I am still unhappy with my skin, but I'm not sure if the Fraxel did or didn't help actually, it was like two years ago.). So yeah, I can say now that I didn't experience any hyperpigmentation. I hear I am a fitzpatrick IV, I basically can tan very easily but I do eventually burn. I don't know what the settings were for me, but on the old laser I think my Doctor said they were pretty low.
Are you staying out of the sun and stuff for awhile? That is a must. I actually didn't though, I did whatever but that was my mistake. Anyhow I do recall like the skin in certain areas looking a little darker but it would fade away within like at most, two weeks. Don't worry but take it as a precaution if you're concerned with the pigmentation more so than the scarring. I had a spot treatment of the DeepFX on a tiny little scar on my cheek to see how the laser itself would do on my skin as I too am Korean. Sure enough, the are is a lot darker now ha. I actually dont think its funny at all, but it is a little funny how I'm so concerned about my appearance that I might end up messing up my own skin. I new for some reason the carbon dioxide laser would be different on my skin, so I arranged the spot treatment to see for myself. I plan on getting the new SR1500 Fraxel Re:store laser in the future as I pretty much have had the style of laser in the past, just I hear this one is newer and I don't have to put that blue crap on my face. Anyhow, I plan on actually doing high settings, but just to be sure I don't count my chickens too soon if all goes planned and I can choose my settings I think I would start at 35mj as the max for the new one is 70mj. I was hearing from another lady on here whom is Asian as well and she has been getting 70mj full face with no regrets. And I do here the more energy your skin can handle the better. Anyhow, good luck. Don't worry im sure you're pretty.