After Laser Hair Removal....

I had laser a little over a year ago and now i feel like i have a lighter demarcrated line on my upper this permanent? I am skin type IV and they used a Radiancy laser on me I went back to tell them and they said they couldnt see anything that their laser would of caused my whole skin around it to hypopigment because the laser is squared like a 4x6 but i do feel my skin changed a bit of color what do you think?

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Laser hair removal and pigment change

It is difficult to determine from the photograph if the pigment is lighter than your normal skin or if the surrounding edges are darker from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  Use a sunblock and don't try to get it darker from sun exposure as it can make things worse.  Textbooks say that hyperpigmentation (darkening) usually resolves but can take a couple of years, but that hypopigmentation can be permanent.  A board-certified dermatologist might use a Wood's light to see if there is some pigment remaining which may indicate a clinical improvement can still occur.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hypopigmentation after laser hair removal

Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) is a potential side effect of laser hair removal that can be temporary in most cases or occasionally permanent.

Side effects from laser hair removal increase with increasing amounts of pigment present in the skin, such as may happen after sun exposure.  The patient should not have any sun exposure to the area for one month before and one month after each laser hair removal session.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pigmentation Changes from Laser Hair Removal

Potential risks of laser hair removal include temporary or permanent hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation. This can occur even when optimal laser treatment parameters are used. Fortunately most instances of pigmentation changes are temporary and tend to blend in over time. We instruct all our patients to make sure the area has had no sun exposure for one month prior and one month after the laser procedure. Daily use of an effective sunscreen is key, regardless as to whether you are going outdoors.


Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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