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Old 08-19-2011, 05:54 AM
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Default 3 days after treatment, not looking good, please help!

I had a treatment Monday afternoon with a Vbeam perfecta and DCD. First treatment with a new doctor. Purpura, bruising, and swelling was normal based on other treatments that I've had for the first two days. Last night and today, however, I'm noticing some very troubling bubbling, blistering and swelling as if the skin has been burned.

It's kind of hard to describe, so here's a picture.



As you can see the bubbling resembles what might happen after you burned yourself. Where there is no bubbling, notably below the ear, the purpura is fading and healing like it's supposed to. Otherwise the rest of my face is 80% covered in blisters.

How should I treat this moving forward? I do plan to contact the doctor who performed the surgery. Please let me know if anyone else has had this experience and what you would advise me to do.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:01 AM
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Oh my goodness, Mike! Yes, I think the best thing to do right now is to contact the doctor. Also, write to Dr. Nelson at http://birthmark.org/experts.php and send him that photo. See what his advice is. I wouldn't put anything on it or near it until I talked to a doctor. Could it be that the new doctor did a very aggressive treatment?

Come back over the weekend and let me know how you're doing. Are you still in Columbia? In school?
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:24 AM
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Missy- thanks for asking, still in Columbia. Had the treatment in Spartanburg, staying with family friends in Greenville which I recuperate.

Couldn't get in touch with the doctors office who performed the operation today- they were on a lunch break when I called, then I dozed off and woke up at 5. I have been awfully sleepy since the treatment.

Scabbing is starting, and spotty bleeding over the whole area which I am carefully cleaning with a damp cloth. Very disturbing.

I emailed two experts, Dr. Geronemus and and Dr. Nelson, and sent them pictures of the damage. Hoping to hear some opinions and advice. In the meantime I'm trying to keep it elevated. Not sure what else to do.
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:14 AM
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i was wondering if an antibotic cream or a very weak solution of Savlon would help until you hear from the doctors to prevent infection.

keep positive and i hope the results of the laser are promising
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:51 AM
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So maybe some Neosporin type stuff?
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:42 PM
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Is it better this morning? How are you feeling now?

Missy
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:06 AM
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is neosporin antibotic ? or steriod ointment ? get some advice from the pharamcy on which is better

my mom just told me the same thing happened with i had argon laser. took a long time to heal
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:55 AM
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It's still scabbing and bleeding but the purpura under it is starting to fade like it should. I think it's coming along. I suppose there's nothing to do really but wait it out.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:58 AM
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Dr. Nelson emailed me and suggested that I go back to the doctor and ask them about wound care and etc so that I don't have any abnormal pigmentation or scarring. That would be bad.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:40 AM
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So, does he think perhaps they set the machine too high? Will you be able to get in to see them on Monday? I'm glad the purpura seems to be fading, but if the skin is wounded, that doesn't sound great.

Did you guys find anything fun to do in Greenville while you were here? The weather has been not half bad.

Missy
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