Got Burned by Laser Hair Removal and Have Dark Spot, How Can I Get Rid of Them Fast? (photo)

Hello, I had my 3rd laser hair removal 6 days ago on my upper lip and full brazilian area. I noticed that it was more painful than usual and swollen when I got home so I put some ointment and the technician put some cortizone. 2 days after my treatment , my belly bottom area, entire bikini area, upper lip and the sides turned black and I see some scar, also in the inner buttcheeks. I have been putting cocoa butter, ointment and a discoloration cream. What should I do? Pictures are attached!

Doctor Answers (2)

Burns after laser hair removal


Dear writer, Burns after laser hair removal are not common but may happen in darker skin type patients, particularly if treated with single wavelength devices (lasers), rather than IPL devices. Fortunately, your affected areas show very superficial burns, and will most likely heal uneventfully without any permanent scarring. I would reccommend early use of topical steroid and antibiotic ointments twice daily for two weeks, followed by generous moisturization (aquaphor healing ointment OTC) and possibly the use of a bleaching cream. Sun avoidance is ultimately most important. Best to you, Dr. Bowes

Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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Burns after Hair Laser Removal


Hello, thanks for your question. First and foremost, make sure you follow up with the provider who did the hair removal so they can follow you and make sure this continues to heal. Based on your pictures, it does appear to be healing, so keep using vaseline and sunscreens to protect your skin. Wait a few weeks before starting a discoloration cream or anything stronger. Take care!

Shankar Lakshman, MD
Pasadena Plastic Surgeon

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