Appagee elite laser for the face?

I have been having laser hair removal on the face using the Appagee laser. I am concerned That it is damaging my skin because after the treatment my face is insanely red, itchy and covered in bumps. I always follow the instructions and cool my skin, but the blisters don't sell until after a few days. These usually leave red marks. I have been told by Several people that the face must be shaved prior to the laser. Is this correct, of can this type of laser still work with hair on the skin?

Doctor Answers 2

Hair Removal on Face

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Shave before treatment and I suggest microsecond yag laser treatment for best outcomes with little risk.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Hair Removal Reaction

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While I am not familiar with this particular laser, I can say that you should definitely not have blisters nor should you have red marks that don't go away for several days. At my practice we use the GentleMax Pro for hair removal with very good results. It is typical for treated areas to be red and appear like goosebumps (never blisters) post treatment, however this should subside over a 24-hour period. We always shave hair prior to being treated for two reasons: first being that the energy of laser needs to be directed to the growth center of hair to be most effective and if the hair is long, much of the laser's energy will be wasted; second since the laser will focus some of its energy on the long hair, the skin beneath that hair can be burned creating problems such as blisters and hyper/hypopigmentation. All of this is not meant to scare you, only to inform you and urge you to discuss the procedure with your hair removal provider, as your well-being should be your biggest consideration.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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