If you have light skin, you’re more likely to have darker spots from laser hair removal. The opposite is true of people with dark skin, who may have lighter spots from the procedure. However, like skin irritation, these changes are temporary and aren’t usually a cause for concern.
Does laser hair removal cause sun damage?
For the best results, sun exposure should be limited before and after laser treatments. Laser hair treatments work best on skin that’s not tanned and hair that hasn’t been sun-bleached. In addition, if you’ve recently been exposed to sunlight, your skin may be more likely to suffer damage during laser hair removal.
Why do I have dark spots after laser hair removal?
After laser hair removal treatments, your skin may appear slightly discolored. This is a temporary side effect and usually goes away on its own within a week or so. If you have any severe pain, in addition to discoloration, you should call your laser treatment provider right away, or see a doctor.
Does laser cause brown spots?
What to Expect After Laser Treatment. Redness and swelling are normal the day after your laser treatment. Then, within 4-7 days, these spots will begin to flake off like coffee grounds. Whether you choose IPL or a chemical peel, dark spots will come back in the sun.
Can laser hair removal discolor your skin?
Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin. These changes might be temporary or permanent. Skin lightening primarily affects those who don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment and those who have darker skin.
What happens if you get sun exposure after laser?
Common response to sun exposure after treatment is for your skin to darken, freckle, and to be “photo-damaged.” Typically photo-damaged skin is more susceptible to scaly, patchy skin and skin cancers. 6-8 weeks post treatment skin has regenerated and regular sun exposure is acceptable.
What happens if I go in the sun after laser?
Protecting Your Skin from The Sun After Laser Hair Removal
Steer clear of any sun exposure and tanning at least two weeks before and after the treatment. These make your skin more sensitive to heat, and a laser can cause burns, hyperpigmentation and scarring on heat sensitive skin.
How long does pigmentation take to fade after laser?
Spots should fade between 4 – 6 weeks after laser pigmentation removal treatment. They may appear worse immediately after treatment but should gradually fade away as you body removes the pigmentation via its lymphatic system.
How long does it take for pigmentation to fade after laser?
Immediately post treatment you can expect to see some mild redness. You may also see some of your pigmentation spots (freckles) turn darker. This is normal and the pigment naturally shed off the skins surface within seven to 14 days depending on your skin cell turnover.
How long does it take for brown spots to go away after laser treatment?
The darkened area typically begins to fade in 7 to 14 days. This is when you’ll also begin to notice that many superficial brown spots around the treated area are becoming lighter, and less noticeable.
Can lasers cause pigmentation?
Changes in skin color.
Ablative laser resurfacing can cause treated skin to become darker than it was before treatment (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation), beginning weeks after laser resurfacing. Permanent changes in skin color are more common in people who have darker skin.
Can laser make pigmentation worse?
Lasers are not the first line therapy for melasma due to the high-risk hyperpigmentation reappearing after laser treatment. In some cases, laser can make melasma worse. Consultation with a dermatologist is highly recommended prior to embarking on any laser therapy for this chronic condition.
Does pigmentation come back after laser?
Usually, pigmented lesions or spots that have been removed will not return after your laser treatments. However, there are various factors that can stimulate new hyperpigmentation e.g. exposure to UV, ageing, hormonal factors. Laser pigmentation removal treatments do not prevent new hyperpigmentation from occurring.
Does IPL hair removal cause hyperpigmentation?
IPL treatment heats up the surrounding tissue and melanin, with a higher risk of burns on darker skin types and due to the heat produced, can actually stimulate and increase the appearance of the darkened pigmentation and is therefore not recommended.