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Old 05-11-2009, 04:08 PM
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freezing off sun spots?

I just came from the derm. and he used something that he said would "freeze" my sun spots...its looked like dry ice kinda haha. Anyway, I was kind of in a rush so I didnt ask all the ?'s i wanted to but can anyone tell me what happens after the procedure? The spots dont look any different now...just a little red and one area is raised a bit. Thanks for your help!!
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:18 PM
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I've never frozen any off but I burn them off with my laser all the time. I'm sure its basically the same thing. The spots raise and then will get darker and form a scab. The scab falls off like normal and takes the pigment with it. Make sure the spots arent getting infected. Put triple antibiotic cream on them at night and do not pick at them whatever you do. Also please wear sunscreen during the day to prevent them from getting darker.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:26 PM
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thanks! about how long does it take before they scab/peel off? Can I used makeup or not until its totally gone?
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Hmm - going to my derm tomorrow and I am going to ask about this. I have hyperpig from post acne and I wonder if this would work...
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:27 PM
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right now i look kind of funny haha...some of the spots look darker and one is raised (almost like i have a bug bite there or something) and i have antibiotic stuff all over and band-aids...i hope i dont scare everyone at work tomorrow haha. I also hope this part doesnt last too long...
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:32 PM
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thanks! about how long does it take before they scab/peel off? Can I used makeup or not until its totally gone?
You can use makeup but just dont pick. They can take anywhere from 5-10 days to fall off completely. Also dont keep them covered with bandages, let them breathe. You want them to dry out, not stay moist.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:39 PM
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ohh ok..so i shouldnt use bandiads? i was worried that while i was sleeping i would rub off the neosporin w/o them. Can I put sunscreen on them tomorrow? if so...before or after the neosporin?
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:28 PM
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Only put the neosporin on at night. Put it on about an hour before bed and you should be fine for the rest of the night. You dont need to coat it on your face or keep your skin moist with that stuff. Once a day is plenty IMO. You dont need to put it on before your sunscreen. Just do your sunscreen in the morning and then your regular makeup. I use liquid concealer to cover mine, I paint it on with a foundation brush and it helps cover better than regular makeup.
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:41 AM
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How many treatments do you need to freeze off sunspots? I've gotten very good results from retinoids and sunscreen but it's not very fast and I'm impatient.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:03 AM
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I can honestly say that I wish I had known 2 days ago what my face would look like today and I would not have done this...my spots look waaaaay worse/darker...but im mostly upset that he didnt warn me I guess. I just hope they dont stay this way.

FriskyL- Makeup wont contaminate/possibly infect the area somehow? That would be great if I could at least attempt to cover it up..because right now i am super self conscious about it.


Thanks!!

ETA: So I just called his office just to make sure what i am experiencing was normal and they said it was (although would have been nice info to have prior to doing it but anyway...) the nurse said it can take up to 10 days for a scab to form and then fall off and hopefully then the spots will be gone or at least lighter.

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Old 05-12-2009, 07:17 AM
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As Kirie said, with high PPD sunscreen and a retinoid you can get rid of them too, while preventing aging too. It took about four months for me.
If you don't wear high PPD sunscreen everyday, rain or shine, anyway, it makes no sense to invest in any kind of procedure, as they will come right back.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:35 AM
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How many treatments do you need to freeze off sunspots? I've gotten very good results from retinoids and sunscreen but it's not very fast and I'm impatient.
Sometimes one session can get rid of them and sometimes you need more. Depends on the person and how much pigment there is. Kirie I had some great results with mine. I had this really big freckle by my nose that I have hated for years and it got rid of it on the first session. I wear SS everyday to keep it from coming back.
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I can honestly say that I wish I had known 2 days ago what my face would look like today and I would not have done this...my spots look waaaaay worse/darker...but im mostly upset that he didnt warn me I guess. I just hope they dont stay this way.
What you described is perfectly normal. The first two days after the treatment are the worst and then it starts to get better. The spots will get darker at first. This means they are working perfectly but please dont go out in the sun and make sure you are wearing the proper sunscreen. I suggest a good one with at least a 40-50 SPF for 10 days.
FriskyL- Makeup wont contaminate/possibly infect the area somehow? That would be great if I could at least attempt to cover it up..because right now i am super self conscious about it.
Makeup will not hurt them at all. Just make sure you are very gentle when removing the makeup.

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ETA: So I just called his office just to make sure what i am experiencing was normal and they said it was (although would have been nice info to have prior to doing it but anyway...) the nurse said it can take up to 10 days for a scab to form and then fall off and hopefully then the spots will be gone or at least lighter.
They will scab up faster than that I am sure if you dont keep them too moist. They should have told you exactly what the treatment and post care would be like before they did the treatment on you.
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As Kirie said, with high PPD sunscreen and a retinoid you can get rid of them too, while preventing aging too. It took about four months for me.
If you don't wear high PPD sunscreen everyday, rain or shine, anyway, it makes no sense to invest in any kind of procedure, as they will come right back.
Yes what Jenn said is right. You dont know how mad it makes me when i burn spots off of someone and then they ask me how long do they have to wait to get back in the tanning bed.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:54 AM
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FriskyL- Is it weird that the skin is completely "in tact" (i.e. not rough or anything as if a scab will form?)?? Literally all that looks different is the actual spots are darker...i just cant see how a scab will form.

Then I noticed today that the areas around the spots are slightly whiter than the surrounding skin...if that stays that way is it reversible at all?
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:00 AM
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FriskyL- Is it weird that the skin is completely "in tact" (i.e. not rough or anything as if a scab will form?)?? Literally all that looks different is the actual spots are darker...i just cant see how a scab will form.

Then I noticed today that the areas around the spots are slightly whiter than the surrounding skin...if that stays that way is it reversible at all?
You just need to be patient and give the skin time to heal before it can scab. Sometimes it doesnt always work on the first session or it may only lighten them on the first try. I am not sure about the spots around the skin. I burn off spots with a laser, that could be due to the freezing that you did. I would just let the skin heal first before you start to panic.
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