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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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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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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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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 of 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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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