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Q. My face is looking very uneven after laser treatment. Is it hypopigmentation?

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Dr. Atishay Bukharia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 19, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I had taken 3 peel and 3 lasers (Q-switching) for skin lightening. I have dark skin. After the treatment my cheeks have become very fair and it does not get tanned also. However the rest of the face is still dark. It has developed after the Q-switching session. I want to know is this hypopigmentation? Is it going to be permanent? My face is looking very uneven now. Currently, I am using DesOwen cream. Please help me understand.

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


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It is post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. In most cases it is temporary and will automatically revert back to normal in few weeks and sometimes in few months.

  • Do not intentionally go for sun exposure as it may worsen your condition.
  • Which peel did they use? What was the gap between sessions?
  • Except DesOwen (Desonide) what else are you using?

If possible please do upload the pretreatment photographs for further evaluation.

Revert back with the photographs to a dermatologist online -->

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Thank you doctor,

They used cosmo peel and gaps between the sessions were 15 days. So, it took a total of 3 months to complete 3 peels and 3 Q-switch laser sessions. Treatment was for skin lightening. I am not using any medicine except DesOwen. I am using sunscreen (Vichy SPF 50) currently and few products like night cream, face wash, etc. I am attaching before treatment pictures. I am avoiding sun exposure but I am worried if this is permanent.

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


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I have checked your pretreatment photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • In most cases it is not permanent. Very rarely post-inflammatory hypopigmentation can persist for longer duration.
  • If it has been a month or two for laser and peel then you should stop applying DesOwen too. As it is a steroid, in long duration it can also cause hypopigmentation.

For further queries consult a dermatologist online -->

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