I was severely burned by laser hair removal. (Photo)
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Laser burn from LHR
Burns from Laser Hair Removal
While pigment changes, burns, and scarring are a possibility from any laser or light based treatment, most do heal. The most important this is to take care of the wound while it is healing. As previously mention, a bland thick cream like Aquaphor mixed with a little Hydrocortisone 1% will help protect the skin and provide relief from the itching. Ethnic skin has the greatest risk from laser based procedures even when proper settings are utilized. It will take months to up to a year for this to heal and you may be left with residual hypopigmentation or lightening of the skin. Make sure to use sunscreen on the area once the skin is healed and limit sun exposure. ALso follow up with your provider periodically as you may need additional treatments down the line to minimize pigment changes
Wound after laser hair removal
Thank you for your question love2boss. I am sorry to hear about your situation. Laser hair removal is a common treatment. Any skin type from fair to dark can be treated. However it is important to use the correct laser, because different lasers work best for different skin types. For dark skin types Nd:YAG is the safest, as it has the lowest risk of burns, blisters, hyperpigmentation, etc. More treatments are required for such skin types. Wound care includes application of an occlusive moisturizer such as Vaseline or Aquaphor. These can be greasy so I prefer to apply them on a slightly wet skin surface. For my patients who complain of itching I recommend hydrocortisone 1% cream twice daily. Healing from wounds can take time and hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation can result. Topical products and/or fractional laser resurfacing may address such changes. Please follow up with your doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
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