Darkening After Laser Hair Removal- Burn or Hyperpigmentation?

The machine they used was LHE Mistral?...While during the treatment the technician gave me an ice pack but continued with thye hair removal rather than stopping.  Not even 1/2 hr after leaving the business my lower legs felt as if they were on fire. I iced them down for 3 hrs. The next morning I went to see the technician and she said its hyperpigmentation and its to be expected, I did ask if its supposed to hurt?. I've gone to my dr who has prescribed antibacterial crem and states these are burns. I still have some discomfort when standing too long or showering. The dr gave me Taro-Mupirocin and I've also been recently seen by a dermatologist whose clinic also does Laser hair removal and she confimred that there is hyperpigmentation and extreme burns which she has prescribed Betaderm Betametasonewhich she indicated will stop the pigment process.  The dr also indicated that there are areas that are still inflammed and this is 6 days after the Laser process. The dermatologist also said a Sinnott would've have been the better machine to use. The laser technician refuses to give me her insurace information.



Doctor Answers 2

Hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal in Brown skin

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Before you spend $$ on peels or IPL, try these topicals.

This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). 

I recommend Melarase AM and Melarase PM creams from Kare Skin as well as a broad spectrum sunblock like Spectrase. Bothe are from Kare Skin. Scler-x post inflammatory hyperigmentation relief complex is a great supplement to take as well. See link below. 

Spectrase is a wide spectrum sunblock SPF 50+that is also recommended to prevent ongoing inflammation. 

Laser hair removal pigmentation issues

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It is hard to tell without examination but it may just be postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and may resolve with conservative treatment. I think the dermatologist you saw would know best and I would follow his/her recommendations for treatment at this time and avoid sun exposure until it heals.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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