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How can I improve hyperpigmentation after fractional CO2 laser? - Kare Plastic Surgery

Fractional CO2 laser, as with most other lasers, has a risk of developing hyperpigmentation.  The goal of treatment is to diagnose the risk of hyperpigmentation early in the process.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an expert on hyperpigmentation and melasma and has written a book about these conditions. 


Patients who have undergone fractional CO2 laser or Fraxel laser who have developed hyperpigmentation are evaluated and placed on a topical skin regimen known as Melarase.  The topical skin regimen includes Melarase AM, Melarase PM, and MelaPads.  Collectively, these topical treatments can reduce hyperpigmentation and associated skin discoloration resulting from fractional laser and fractional CO2 laser.  If you have had hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration from a laser treatment, please contact our office to schedule an appointment for consultation. 


Our expert skin specialist can begin a topical skin regimen including Melarase Skin Brightening Complex.  Please call our office at 310-998-5533 to schedule your consultation in Los Angeles.


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Can fractional CO2 laser be used for acne scars on Asian skin?

Fractional CO2 laser is one of the most ideal laser platforms for skin surface irregularities and acne scars on the skin.  Fractional CO2 can be used on most skin types; however, darker skin types necessitate less aggressive and less invasive treatment with fractional CO2.  Asian skin can vary in terms of level of pigmentation but is particularly prone to acne scars.  In practice fractional CO2 laser can be used on acne scars to resurface the skin and recontour skin irregularities and atrophic acne scars on the face. 


Patients with darker skin complexion and olive tone skin can also be candidates for fractional CO2 laser.  In patients with darker skin tones, a three to four week pretreatment skin protocol will be required, which includes treatment with Melaquin AM, Melaquin PM, and MelaPads.  To schedule a consultation for fractional CO2 laser for acne scars, please call our office at 310-998-5533. 


Our office provides comprehensive acne scar treatment using laser resurfacing, subcision, and acne surgery.  We are located in Santa Monica California and serve the areas of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

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CO2 fractional laser can be used for fine wrinkles, moderate wrinkles, lower eyelid skin laxity, and acne scarring.  It is a useful and outstanding laser skin resurfacing treatment for the face and neck and can be used to tighten and tone the skin.  The most common sequela after fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a transient redness that last for week after laser resurfacing treatment.  In our office, we recommend a post treatment protocol with pulsed dye laser to reduce the redness and blushing after fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing.  If you are interested in the fractional CO2 laser treatment in Los Angeles, please call our office at 310-998-5533. 


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon and expert in fractional CO2 skin laser resurfacing.  Our skin protocols allow for a quick recovery with minimal risk of redness or hyperpigmentation.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian recommends a topical skin protocol before and after treatment including Melaquin AM, Melaquin PM, and MelPads.  Please schedule a consultation for Dr. Karamanoukian in our Santa Monica plastic surgery office.

What type of fractional CO2 laser is used to treat acne scars? - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian - Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles plastic surgeon.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533 to schedule an appointment for consultation


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon and expert on acne scar treatment in the Los Angeles area.  His acne scar treatment protocol involves a combination regimen of topical cream, laser resurfacing, and acne surgery.  Topical treatment includes Melaquin AM, Melaquin PM, and MelaPads which act to improve the complexion and tone of the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation associated with acne scar.  Laser resurfacing includes the YAG laser to tighten and tone the skin as well as the fractional CO2 laser to resurface and recontour atrophic acne scars.  Acne surgery includes subcision, punch graft, and acne scar excision.  Fractional CO2 laser has been used successfully to treat atrophic acne scars and to reduce the visibility of acne scars.  Results after fractional CO2 laser are natural and work to improve the overall texture and tone of the facial skin that is affected by acne scarring.  Dr. Karamanoukian employes the SmartXide DOT laser treatment from Europe for acne scar laser skin resurfacing. 


Schedule a consultation today by calling Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at 310-998-5533.

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