Post Laser Hair Removal Hypopigmentation

I had laser hair removal and resulting severe...

I had laser hair removal and resulting severe hypopigmentation all over my legs and arms. The cause was that I had sun exposure prior to the treatment combined witht the laser strength being too high.

It has been 6 months and my arms are 90% better; however no real improvement has occurred on my legs at all. I have seen 2 dermatologists who say this should get better eventually but after 6 months I am starting to feel like it will never get better and too embarrassed to show my legs in public.

Any advice or response is greatly appreciated. I also have photos I can email if anyone is interested.

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I had hypopigmentation on my stomach after laser hair removal treatments. The treatments seemed to be working fine and then during my last two treatments they decided to turn the settings higher to ensure that no hair would grow back. I had no obvious signs of scarring but was left with white blotches every where. I've complained to the clinic where I had the laser hair treatments done and they're saying that because there were no visible signs of burning from the laser at the time that the hypopigmentation can't possible be from them! I do hope that my pigment returns. I had really bad sun exposure years ago and was left with hypopigmentation in the same area. It eventually went away after a couple of years. That gives me hope.
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Having the same problem, any solutions?
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I had burns in my legs by laser hair removal 5 months ago. First, I had red spots and after 1 month, very white spots. On the beginning, people from Laser Spa told me that I shouldn't take sun, now after 5 months that I still have these spots, they are telling me that I should take sun to speed up the process.... I am so afraid to take sun, but at the same time I am soooo sad with my legs... What do you think? Thank you so much!
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I had hypo-pigmentation for laser burn and after 4 months when the marks didnt disappear, the doctor said they would be permanent. So I decided to try and sun tan the area. I put lots and lots of sunscreen around the marks (it was time consuming) and then tanned myself for about 40 minutes each time. In about 6 session the marks have completely gone. My skin (olive- asian skin) is almost normal. I can still see little difference, but others cant. Each day it gets even better and hopefully it shoul dbe gone soon. I will try and post my comments on all possible chat sites because I understand how painful and scary it is to be there. First the burn, then the painful blister and the thought of looking leopard skin for ever. Hope you find my post hopeful.
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I had hypo-pigmentation for laser burn and after 4 months when the marks didnt disappear, the doctor said they would be permanent. So I decided to try and sun tan the area. I put lots and lots of sunscreen around the marks (it was time consuming) and then tanned myself for about 40 minutes each time. In about 6 session the marks have completely gone. My skin (olive- asian skin) is almost normal. I can still see little difference, but others cant. Each day it gets even better and hopefully it shoul dbe gone soon. I will try and post my comments on all possible chat sites because I understand how painful and scary it is to be there. First the burn, then the painful blister and the thought of looking leopard skin for ever. Hope you find my post hopeful.
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Mine is repigmenting slowly with Retin-A, and single needling and SUN. Dont listen to anyone that tells you to stay out of the sun. Only do that if your skin isnt healed yet. Two Dermatologists told me to get sun. One plastic surgeon told me not to but he didnt know what he was talking about. The sun helps. I see freckling and pigment islands forming inside and on the surrounding patches of white areas. It takes forever, but please have hope. Some douchebag dermatologist on RealSelf told a poster their skin would never repigment and would be there "forever". Thats a load of BS. Someone once told me the same thing and my skin is slowly improving.
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I have white round spots all over my legs and arms from laser. Did you use retin A on the white spots. I am afraid to sit out in the sun. Did you put sunscreen on the white spots as well. It is hard to differentiate between where the suncreen should go and the spots, as the spots are all over the shin of my legs.l Also I though you could not sit out in the sun with Retin A. Did you use the RetinA at night time only or in the day as well. I have been using ginger for months and see no difference on the spots. Please reply
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Did you put the sunscreen on the white spots as well or did you put the suncreen all around the area. I had laser on legs and on arms and it left me with white spots. Do you use the Retin A during the days you sun yourself or just at night. I thought you couldn't expose your skin to sunlight with retin A. When did you use the retin A? How long did you stay in the sun for How many sessions of needling did you have?
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Ive tried, without luck...

It just sucks...

Feel free to email me though- xxx@yahoo.com- happy to brainstorm ideas and share .

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Hey guys,

I also had recent laser hair removal and my stomach and chest got destroyed. Half of it is covered in white blotches and it looks HORRIBLE. I understand that I will be staying out of the sun for a really long time. However, has anyone taken any legal action against the people that performed this procedure on you? I was wondering whether it is possible to do this since it leaves us disfigured for a really long time if not permanent. And personally, I was not warned of any of these complications before nor after the procedure. I was left to experience this nightmare on my own.... I hope someone can help me
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You can file with the State dept of professional Licensing where you live against the person who treated you and if you can take pictures. I got the amount of money I paid back even without pictures and am filing with the State Licensing Board. Post inflammatory hypo can spontaneously repigment but and there is hope. But mine has been there over 15 years.
Some spots have repigmented and with sun and needling helps somewhat.
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Oh, I definitely have been taking pictures. When I file with the state dept of professional licensing, what does that accomplish? A refund? Where would you recommend I get the information for this process? After you filed the complaint, what happened?
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You have to check with your State Board. Every State has a different policy. If you want your money back ask for it back or get a lawyer. The State Board only deals in licensing and investigates complaints.
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Hi
Hypopigmentation SUCKS! In the 90's I had tattoo removal and then last year had another one removed and both have left me with hypopigmented skin. Last year on the very last treatment of my tattoo I got burned and so now I have more spots. I am so mad. But, I saw a dermatologist and she said there is still melanocytes underneath but they have no proven way of getting them to come to the surface. She said creams for vitiligo wont help since my body is not attacking the melanocytes. I have had some spontaneous repigmentation over the years and have found that dry needling is the only helpful thing out there. Fresh ginger root has produced a few new brown spots also. The dr even suggested needling and advocated it, that it causes less damage then lasers. She said to GET SUN because the skin needs to produce melanin.
I had been needling myself with a roller but noticed very little. My skin would get red and then once that faded it would still be hypopigmented. 2 weeks ago I went to get it professionally needled with an electric machine because it can penentrate more areas. This seemed to have activated my melanocytes. I have some areas that were unresponsive but other spots have emerged. I beg you to at least try it if your skin doesnt have the appearance of a scar but skin is intact and is just lighter than the surrounding skin. Also, get sun at some point after the treatment. I have cut myself with a razor and have been bitten by a spider on the hypopigmented areas and after the healing phase was left with normal skin tone. Amazing!
Please email me and I can share my experience.
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Great for sharing hypopigmentation problems, I am also suffering from hair loss problem. I was thinking about laser hair treatment but after reading this article I completely know about laser hair removal technique. Really informative site.
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The best way to avoid any adverse effects to laser treatment is to find a reputable accredited clinic who knows what they are treating . Class 4 Laser are complex and require a good knowledge of the Fitzpatrick Skin Types, skin conditions and biophysics of laser. Results Laser Clinic is Australia's leading non invasive laser clinic, with clinics across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Visit www.resultslaserclinic.com.au for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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Hi, I genetically have vitiligo and searched for 5 years for a derm that wasn't ignorant about it. I had vit on the lower half of my face on my back and chest, and my dad's vitiligo progressed over his entire body. I was able to treat it 99% with the extrac laser at St. Jude Medical Ctr. and a UVB lamp that I bought from ebay from Israel. Skin pigment comes from your hair follicle and now that that it has been overly killed off you would need melanin from surrounding areas. My friend told me she got some minor white spots that's why I never did it knowing my condition. If you want my help, I can give you more details to help you fix it as much as possible. Let me know.
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Hi Chun Li and everybody here, I don't know if post-inflammatory hypopigmentation can be treated with vitiligo remedies, although, vitiligo prescriptions like protropic are being used for this purpose as well. Is there a less harsh, non-chemical way of getting melanin back? Please do let us know what worked in your case. Also, what is your opinion on sun exposure? All the best.
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I don't suggest sun exposure because, to me, it isn't enough UVB and not worth exposing myself that much to skin cancer just to maybe get any results. The laser is at a specific 308-311nm which is the only part of light spectrum that really is effective at stimulating melanin production. Protopic may halt spreading of vitiligo but to repigment,you need to expose to light. Even though I use Elidel/Protopic, it has a blackbox cancer warning and so does being in the sun. I'm assuming the hair removal hypopigmentation is because the melanocyte is dead. so you would need melanin from surrounding areas if there is a chance of repigmentation at all. The XTRAC UVB laser at St. Jude Medical center worked when all else fail for me.
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hypopigment do you have any pictures of your legs or arms? Was the hypopigmentation all over and very bad? I know what you mean laser hair removal was the worse I wish I would have just shaved.
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one problem I am now having is getting sun exposure and having small white spots appear (kind of like age spots). I am only 34 and hadn't ever had these before so I think it may be a result of the laser hair removal. They are small and much better than the major hypopigmentation I had but I can tell they are not going to tan ever and I seem to notice a new one every couple of months. I read that you can experience hypopigmentation months and months after laser hair removal and I now think this is happening to me. This was the worst thing I ever did to get laser hair removal but I guess I just have to be happy that the major hypopigmentation is gone.
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So, did your hair return? I'm a Causcasion man, mid-twenties, dark hair, pale skin, and I want to get my facial hair removed because I have a natural hairless spot as a birth mark. That, and I hate shaving since I have semi-sensitive skin and my neck usually rashes up from it. I have a friend who owns one of the most reputable laser hair removal centers in my state. I'm just wondering about the effects.
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Hi! I am going through the same exact problem..I had laser on my stomach and bikini line and immediately after I was left with brownish purple marks..these peeled off and healed in a couple of weeks, but underneath was lighter skin. I didn't know what to do so I went into the sun to try and tan them, but it actually burned that skin. So now I'm left with a bunch of white spots and some of them have brown scars from the sun inside of them...it's terrible. It's been about 2 months and I'm going crazy. I'm SO embarrassed. I saw a dermatologist who said to stay out of the sun for a few more weeks and then do controlled sun exposure. But I'm afraid that it's too soon to do that. I also did a spray on tan and it helped hide the spots a little bit, but if anyone has any advice I would GREATLY appreciate it! Thanks!
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Hi, I too have the same problem as a result of laser hair removal. I have these small white spots along the bikini line. I've tried cortisteroid creams and other similar products to cure my problem but had no luck. This is driving me crazy and is very embarrasing. I wish I had a solution but I don't. I will keep researching and researching until I find the answer. If you've found help for these hypopigmentation white spots please share it.
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I have posted some pictures of my legs (here) it shows a little brown spots still but now those are all gone and everything is white. In two more days it will be a month since I was burned. Everything I read has gave me some hope I am just waiting to heal some more so I can get some positive results. Please contact me with your opinions or suggestions I would appreciate it.

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