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Red after Chemical Peel and Blepharoplasty Question

July 21, 2008

I have had 4 deep chemical peels done to remove severe acne scarring over the past 7 years. After the last one my skin has stayed bright red. It has been almost a year now and it is not fading. I now have to always use a moisturizer with a green tint and thick waterproof makeup in order to cover it up and it still looks red in pictures. I won't even let my husband see me without makeup. I am scared to go swimming with my kids because the makeup might wash off. I had the chemical peels so I wouldn't have to wear so much makeup. What would be the best treatment to get rid of the red?


Also I am 37 and have droopy upper eyelids, they almost rest on my upper lashes. The are not crepey but just a fold. Is there something I could do other than eye surgery?




That's a long time to be red! You should not have to suffer through this without help.

I would go to your dermatologist and ask their advice about the redness. IPL photofacial or YAG laser treatment would be a good idea for you. You will probably need several treatments, but it is worth it.

By the way, you may want to speak to the office that did your last peel. This is a problem that they had a hand in causing, so they may want to take some responsibility in fixing it.

In terms of your eyes, I do not think that you are going to get away from having a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) - there's no way to tighten that skin non-surgically. The good news is that it sounds like you have an issue that insurance may cover: when the skin folds over so much that it interferes with vision, medical insurance will cover the procedure. I would speak with an oculoplastic specialist.
Hope that helps.

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