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Doctor insights on: Brown Spots After Laser Hair Removal

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Dr. Robert Strimling
374 Doctors shared insights

Hair Removal (Definition)

Hair removal is either temporary, like tweezing, waxing or shaving, or permanent, in which the follicles are destroyed by electrolysis or a laser/light system. Very popular these days to reduce the density of hair in an area by laser hair removal. It needs to be repeated in a series to affect as many follicles as ...Read more


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If I have vitiligo will the spots increase if I got laser hair removal?

If I have vitiligo will the spots increase if I got laser hair removal?

Probably not: In general, laser or IPL tends to increase pigmentation transiently after the treatment especially among those with olive or darker complexion. If you suffer a 3rd degree burn at the site, then you may lose pigment at that site that may or may not be permanent. Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disorder and different from loss in pigment from injury. ...Read more

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From years of bad shaving I have dark spots on my vagina. I now do laser hair removal which makes the dark spots recognizable. What should I do?

From years of bad shaving I have dark spots on my vagina. I now do laser hair removal which makes the dark spots recognizable. What should I do?

Dermatology consult: Please consult a dermatologist. Dark spots on your vulva or vagina may or may not be from shaving and need a physical exam. Benign vulvar melanosis is possible but needs an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of burn spots left by laser hair removal?

How do I get rid of burn spots left by laser hair removal?

Burn spots: You should return to the person that did the procedure. If they are just red spots they should get better with time. Make sure if they are on exposed areas, that you wear a sunscreen. Without seeing the areas, I cannot comment further. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, I've had a laser hair removal which turned out horrible. I have dark spots all over, and hair stuck under the skin. More hair than before?

Dear doctor, I've had a laser hair removal which turned out horrible. I have dark spots all over, and hair stuck under the skin. More hair than before?

Re-consult the doc.: Laser usually burns or cuts. The superficial skin can be burned/damaged and forms scabs. Typically laser targets certain phase of hair growth, so the "affected hair" is destroyed but the unaffected continues to grow under the scabs. The scabs should fall off and you should see normal hair growing, but should be less and less after each treatment.
re-consult doc to address your concern. Good luck ...Read more

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Can you take a shower after laser hair removal?

Yes, just be gentle.: Avoid very hot water and use a gentle wash cloth not any exfoliant or scrub for a few days. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have hypopigmentation after laser hair removal?

Is it safe to have hypopigmentation after laser hair removal?

Yes: Hypo pigmentation can occur with laser therapy. It is often unwanted but is safe. ...Read more

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How soon can you shave after laser hair removal treatment session?

Hair removal: Once you have had your laser treatment it is safe to resume shaving as long as there is no lingering redness or irritation. You will want to stop shaving again though as your next treatment draws closer. ...Read more

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How long until you can put deodorant and perfume on after laser hair removal?

How long until you can put deodorant and perfume on after laser hair removal?

Laser: If no redness or irritation exists on the treated areas then deodorants and perfume should not present a problem. ...Read more

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How can you treat red blemishes on face after laser hair removal?

How can you treat red blemishes on face after laser hair removal?

Red blemishes/Laser: You should check with your laser person and see what they have to say but in general, redness caused by lasers will usually resolve with time and avoidance of sun exposure. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the skin to develop crusts and scabs after laser hair removal? How long to heal?

Is it normal for the skin to develop crusts and scabs after laser hair removal? How long to heal?

Not usually: Depending on the type of laser or BBL used for hair removal and your skin pigmentation it is possible to get small burns. However, more commonly you get some temporary redness after the treatment, and sometimes redness or small bumps around each hair follicle. It is unusual to have crusting or scabs. ...Read more

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After laser hair removal developed what look like tiny skin growths that haven't gone away after 3 months, what can they be?

Scar: You had lazier hair removal. Now you have tiny dots. These occur as the laser intensity causing scar. They should improve with time. ...Read more

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How long should I avoid sun exposure and tanning after laser hair removal?

Rest of your life!: Honest, ultraviolet causes wrinkles, sunspots, premature loss of skin tone and elasticity, not to mention skin cancers, some of them fatal. Do you really think any caring doctor will "approve" of tanning? But if you tan while the hair removal areas are pink or inflamed, you could also end up with permanent discoloration or hyperpigmentation. Can you say "5 o'clock shadow" where hair used to be? ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is rash or welts normal after laser hair removal?

Hoping you can tell me, is rash or welts normal after laser hair removal?

Purpura: After laser hair removal there can be raised red bumps called purpura. It is normal and usually lasts 2 hours or so. ...Read more

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For how long Should I avoid taking amino acids and herbal complex enzymes for digestion after laser hair removal? Your answer is appreciated

Do Not need to avoid: I do not usually recommend stopping herbal or dietary supplements routinely for laser hair removal. I think if your doctor recommend you stop prior to the treatment that it should be fine to resume as normal after your treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of deep ingrown hairs after laser hair removal treatment other than exfoliating?

Patience and time: By your 3rd or 4 th treatment, as your skin naturally turns over, these hairs and the inflammation around them will resolve and improve. If you start digging around to pull the hairs out, you will be successful but will leave terrible scarring. Gentle exfoliation, repeat treatments, and time will provide you with the best results. ...Read more

Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Laser Hair Removal (Definition)

Laser hair removal is technique for reducing the thickness and number of hairs on the skin, by heating the hair follicles with a laser. The greater the color contrast between the hair and the skin, the more effect the treatments. A series of treatments is usually necessary to ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more