On Fri.3/11,I had laser hair removal at the MediSpa at my plastic surgeons office. Treatment given by nurse. Intense pain and swelling during and shortly after treatment. Called ps next day for silvadine cream. Saw nurse at office on sun.for eval. Given hydroquinine cream to use before add'l lasering. Many areas have blistered and peeled. Intense pain and discomfort. I am scared to have add'l laser treatments down there. Will these scars be permanent? This can't be a normal reaction? HELP?!!
Severe Labial Burns Following Laser Hair Removal
Doctor Answers 3
This is not a normal reaction to laser hair removal
There should not be "intense pain" associated with laser treatments. The lasers we use in our office use a Dynamic Cooling Device to protect the skin form the heat of the laser and to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
A physician owned and operated medical spa with multiple lasers that performs lasers all day every day is the safest environment for a laser treatment. Consultations should be complimentary and no pressure and a test spot (generally the underarm) should be available at no charge to be certain you are comfortable with a laser treatment.
Wrong Parameters May Have Been Used in Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Silvadene is a burn cream that some like to use, but a strong corticosteroid is needed here. And then hydroquinone will do nothing for the next set of treatments; the machine settings need to be correct and the correct machines needs to be used. Find a board-certified dermatologist and get the right stuff to avoid more problems and minimize your risk for scarring.
Burns from Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can cause burns on the skin for various reasons. Fortunately they are usually superficial and rarely cause scarring. Hydroquinone cream may help if there is increased pigmentation that persists. You could have additional treatments at a much lower setting but the memory may be too painful.