3 days ago l had a laser hair removal on legs; it became red, swollen & now it become faint brown. I'm worried? (Photos)

Doctor Answers 4

Pigmentation from Laser

This is pigmentation of the skin. Your skin will be a different color for a few months but will eventually fade. Please let your treating physician know of your concerns.


Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Easing the worry of hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal

This is a normal inflammatory response and can fade with time. If necessary, it can be treated with lightening creams and skin care/peels to get improvement. You can follow-up with your Dr. about aftercare. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pigmentation from laser

Probably it is Alexandrite, or diode laser or an IPL. More energy was absorbed by the melanin pigment in your skin. It should get better with time. Most hyperpigmentation will improve with time. Sometimes they might need prescription brightening cream such as hydroquinone. It is uncommon with Nd:YAG laser. 

Ram Chandra, MD
Edison Physician

Mild burn from laser

The pigment of the skin was affected slightly. This will not be bad but will be noticeable. It will be a different color for a few months but should fade in with your skin color eventually. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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