Did Laser on my Lower Legs and Immediately After Felt Extreme Burn?

I had a laser treatment done on my lower legs and knees and right after felt extreme pain. I have used cold compress and aloe on the area for three hours. The pain is gone but the area is red. I am white but have a lot of sun spots every where due to years of sun bathing. Can you tell me what should I be expecting in days to come? I am freckelish every where. Will I lose the freckles?

Doctor Answers 3

Post Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Thank you for your question. Depending on the laser used, you may lose, or have the freckles get lighter.  If you had a 755 Alexandrite, you may lose some freckles.  If it was a NdYag, or Diode, little chance of losing pigment.  If it was an IPL, anything could happen.  Keep sunscreen on the area, avoid the sun, and if any blisters, see your doctor.  Make certain you are being supervised by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon during your series for best results and safe treatments. I hope this helps.

Bay Area Dermatologist
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Laser burns

I'm a tiny bit confused - are you wanting to keep your freckles, because yes, seeing as you are being treated by a laser, these are going to be affected.... For the burned areas, you should use cool water, apply hydrocortisone or Aquaphor to the red areas, and make sure that you keep any burned areas very moist. If you have blisters do not peel them or pop them. Also, you need to convey this happened to the treating office. Most often, higher settings are used for each subsequent procedure so if you reacted this strongly to your treatment, higher settings could result in very serious burns.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Laser burns

You can easily get some blisters over the next few hours after getting burnt by a laser. If that happens you need to ice the areas frequently, stay out of sun and use moisturizing agents to keep the blisters moisturized. Do not pop open any blisters. You need to convey these issues to the treating physician so she/he can adjust the settings for future treatments. You might loose your freckles but they usually come back.


Dr. J

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Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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