Laser Hair Removal in the bikini area resulting in hyperpigmentation?? Is this normal?

I had done 2 seaaions laser hair removal in bikini area and inner thigh 2 months apart, but i noticed that the area is getting darker specially inbetween thighs and to some extent the pubic area and labia.. the question is laser causes hyperpigmentation or make the area darker ? Whats my treatment ?

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Hyperpigmentation after Laser Hair Removal

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Thank you for your question. There is a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal. This can be treated with a combination of lightening creams and peels. I recommend having a follow up with your treating physician for an evaluation and treatment. Best of Luck!




Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Hyperpigmentation after Laser Hair Removal

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Yes, there is a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation following laser hair removal. I recommend following up with your Dr. for after care. A combination of lightening creams and/or peels can help resolve PIH. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hyperpigmentation in bikini line

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I'm not sure what kind of laser was used on your skin and what your skin tone is, but done correctly you should not have any hyper-pigmentation. If the wrong wavelength is used on darker skin, this can occur. Also if the correct wavelength is used, but "turned up" too much this could also be a problem. Make sure you let your provider know that you are experiencing these issues.

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