Laser Hair Removal at Upper Lip?

3 Days ago i got my first laser hair removal procedure at my upper lip. After a day of the procedure seem that my lip started to get red and with bumps. Is this normal and how does it take to go away?

Doctor Answers 4

Upper Lip - Laser Hair Removal

Thank you for your question. Based on your description this sounds like follicular swelling. This is normal and should resolve in 3-4 days. You can apply a cortisone cream 2x a day for a few days and apply cool compresses to help reduce swelling. If this persists, please follow up with your physician. Best of Luck!

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Upper Lip - Laser Hair Removal

Thank you for your question. This is likely a little follicular swelling, which is normal, and should subside in 3-4 days.  A little cortisone twice a day for a couple days and cool compresses to the area should assist in reducing the swelling.  If symptoms persist, see your provider.  Be certain to be under the supervision of a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with expertise in laser surgery and for the most effective and safe treatments. I hope this helps.

Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD
Bay Area Dermatologist
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Bumps after laser hair can be normal

It is common to get bumps after laser hair removal but usually it is the same day. Try a day or two of over the counter hydrocortisone and let your doctor know. It is always important to see a board certified dermatologist with experience in lasers.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Bumps on upper lip after laser hair removal

As long as they are not blisters, it's ok. Some people will get bumps at the follicle sites that were treated, from the energy penetrating into that spot. Apply cool water and hydrocortisone (available for a few dollars over the counter) a few times a day. It should calm it down. Make sure your technician knows about this response too, just because they might not need to move up in energy again for your next treatment.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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