Is this a burn from my laser hair removal treatment? (photos)
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Laser Hair Removal Burn
Is this a burn?
Based on your pictures this may or may not be a burn. When you get laser hair removal, one of the physical signs that you look for is something called "perifollicular edema" - red raised bumps around the base of the hair follicle. This is a result of the hair follicle heating up from the laser treatment, and is actually a good sign that the treatment will be effective. In your picture, this does appear very much like perifollicular edema-because instead of it being a single flat red area of burn, it appears to be many small red dots blending together. If this is what it is, it will go away by itself and approximately 12 hours. A topical steroid (such as an over the counter hydrocortisone) will help.It is also possible that this is a combination of perifollicular edema, and mild superficial burning of the skin. If this is the case, it will not get better as fast, and may crust or scab. If the red marks do not go completely away with hydrocortisone, I would treat them with Aquaphor, or Biafine, and follow up with the provider that did the treatment.
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