I was burned during a laser hair removal treatment on my face.

Will the dark spots fade or are they permanent?

Doctor Answers 4

Laser Hair Removal Burns

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I am sorry this has happened to you. I do not know when you had your treatment. I recommend following up with your physician for proper wound care to prevent scarring. Best of Luck!


Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Burns Require Aftercare--See a Cosmetic Dermatologist

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I'm not sure when you had your treatment. I recommend following up with a cosmetic dermatologist for wound care in order to prevent scarring. I recommend using silicone gel with growth factors. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Color changes with laser or IPL

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Lightening and darkening color changes are known side effects with laser, especially in  a darker or recently sun-exposed skin. Darkening in general responds well to prescription lightening agents applied as cream for several weeks. You may want to wait for 7-10 days though before any such measure.

Ram Chandra, MD
Edison Physician

Burned from laser hair removal on face

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I don't know the time frame. I'm sorry this has happened. You need to make sure proper skin care is done to ensure the best results. Depending on skin type and degree of burns, PIH is possible as is hypopigmentation. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

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