This side effect, known as post-laser hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) consists of dark patches or lesions, which can take a year or longer to resolve on its own, or be permanent without the proper treatment.
Will hyperpigmentation from laser hair removal go away?
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.
Is hyperpigmentation after laser permanent?
Other early side effects of laser resurfacing include transient hyperpigmentation, particularly in patients with darker skin tones, and skin sensitivity. Hypopigmentation is seen several months to a year after laser resurfacing and tends to be more permanent in nature.
Can 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.
How many laser sessions are needed for hyperpigmentation?
The Clear + Brilliant laser targets and heats darker pigments in the skin, which causes the breakdown of red and brown spots. Other benefits to this laser procedure include smaller pores and improved skin elasticity. You’ll need about 4 to 6 treatments to see optimal results.
How can I speed up the shedding after laser hair removal?
Exfoliating frequently (scrub or continued shaving) will help speed up the shedding process. Hair growth will be less after each treatment. Laser targets the pigment in the hair. The darker the hair the better the result.
Can laser make dark spots worse?
The risk with all types of laser treatments is causing further damage and making melasma worse. With extended heat-based lasers, there is a chance of exacerbating skin issues, so while treatment may remove melasma, it can also lead to other unsightly blemishes in the future.
What is the best laser treatment for hyperpigmentation?
The dermatologic lasers most commonly in use to reduce hyperpigmentation include ablative and non-ablative lasers in both fractionated and unfractionated forms, along with lasers that employ radiofrequency technologies.
How do you treat post laser hyperpigmentation?
Topical tretinoin 0.1% has been effective in treating postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. GA peels, in combination with tretinoin and hydroquinone, are an effective treatment of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation in dark-complexioned individuals.
What does hyperpigmentation look like after laser hair removal?
After laser treatment, you may notice slightly darker or lighter skin. 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.