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Doctor insights on: Can The Follicles Form Cysts Or Scars After Laser Hair Removal

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Can laser hair removal on face leave scars? My skin is very sensitive. How can you ensure no scarring?

Can laser hair removal on face leave scars? My skin is very sensitive. How can you ensure no scarring?

Qualified physician: LHR is safe and effective when done properly incorrect use can cause burns or scars. It's best to find a physician well-trained in laser medicine and start when its sure that you have no tan or recent sun exposure
Proper lasers are a must and not old used technology i3 2002 ...Read more

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How does laser hair removal for full body and face work? How many sessions before permanent generally? Risks? Will laser fade scar marks too?

How does laser hair removal for full body and face work? How many sessions before permanent generally? Risks? Will laser fade scar marks too?

Laser hair removal: It works by heating and destroying the follicular unit of the individual hairs thereby inhibiting future hair growth and can work for hairs anywhere on the body. The number of sessions depends on your skin and hair color, and the location and density of hair. On average, 3-5 sessions (~4-6 weeks apart), will result in 50-80% reduction in hair growth. ...Read more

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In laser hair removal, what part of the hair or follicle is the laser destroying, and do you get mutant hairs coming from previously zapped follicles?

In laser hair removal, what part of the hair or follicle is the laser destroying, and do you get mutant hairs coming from previously zapped follicles?

The root bulb: Laser hair removal targets the melanin (pigment) in the root bulb of the hair follicle. This is why it is not as effective on light colored hairs. The follicles in the active growing stage are destroyed. Sometime a fine vellus hair will develop in its place, but the coarser, darker hair is gone. ...Read more

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I have lots of scars from pulling out unwanted facial hair over many years. Have now had laser hair removal. How do I get rid of the scars please?

I have lots of scars from pulling out unwanted facial hair over many years.  Have now had laser hair removal.  How do I get rid of the scars please?

Facial scaring: Dear cat85764: scar treatment is usually multiple modalities ranging from intralesional steroid injection to laser treatment. Depending on type of scar, location, and skin type this may involve subcision, fat grating, filler, dermabrasion, laser or a combination of all the above. Please visit a board certified plastic surgeon for consultation. Remember scars usually improve with time,. ...Read more

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Help-i have redness & small blisters & cracks (burns?) from laser hair removal on face, neck & corners of mouth what should I use to heal w/o scars?

Help-i have redness & small blisters & cracks (burns?) from laser hair removal on face, neck & corners of mouth what should I use to heal w/o scars?

Ointment: It sounds like you may have some mild burns from the hair removal laser. Any cracks or blisters should be covered with antibiotic ointment and kept clean. Avoid any sun exposure until you are cleared by your treating physician to reduce any damage. The face usually recovers very quickly from this type of treatment. ...Read more

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Can laser hair removal cause permanent scarring or redness? Having it done on my face and my face is very sensitive

Can laser hair removal cause permanent scarring or redness? Having it done on my face and my face is very sensitive

Yes, if done wrong.: If your skin color is dark, you will need a professional evaluation to determine the correct type of laser to use, and the proper settings. If you have concern regarding permanent damage, I would avoid "hair removal mills". Get more than one consultation to be certain you trust your provider. ...Read more

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Can laser hair removal cause scarring or other danger? How can you avoid this? Considering having it done on face and have VERY sensitive skin.

Can laser hair removal cause scarring or other danger?  How can you avoid this? Considering having it done on face and have VERY sensitive skin.

Laser Hair risks!: Best top use lower levels of power to avoid any issues. But than you will need more sessions and spend $$s ...Read more

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Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.

Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.

There should: Be no problem with skin treatments while on isotretinoin. That being said, because you are more prone to scarring due to your skin type please make sure you are being treated by an expert. That means a Board Certified Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, or Cosmetic Surgeon. ...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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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 long should I avoid sun exposure and tanning after laser hair removal?

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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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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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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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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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 surrounding inflammation 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

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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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Does home laser hair removal work?

Does home laser hair removal work?

Somewhat: Home laser hair removal devices that have come out recently such as the tria system are effective at removing hair. But in order to make them safe for home use, manufacturers can't duplicate the power of in-office devices. So usually a lot of treatments are necessary to see some improvement. Also, they are not idea for light color hairs or patients with dark or tan skin. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Strimling
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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


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