Laser Hair Removal Burns
What are laser hair removal burns? Similar to how specific body sections are more prone to experience discomfort during laser therapy, certain body areas are also more likely to burn.
Fowler notes that areas with thinner skin are more prone to adverse effects. This consists of the bikini area, the face, and the neck. Burns are also more prone to occur in tanned areas of the body.
“I have seen these sorts of burns most frequently on the legs,” says Todd Minars, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Minars Dermatology. “If the practitioner fails to notice and alter the energy settings, the patient is more likely to burn.” Therefore, in certain instances, the process should be terminated or postponed if such a circumstance is seen,” explains Canes.
What Do Laser Hair Removal Burns Look Like?
A burn caused by laser hair removal may be red, blistering, bloated, and shaped like the laser applicator.
Dr. Michele Green, a cosmetic dermatologist, adds, “Symptoms are commonly worst within the first few hours or days following a burn.” After that, she suggests having a medical practitioner examine the burn to assess the severity depending on the burn’s depth and the damaged region of the skin. Other symptoms of a burn include crusting, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and peeling—changes in skin colour, such as whitened or burned skin.
Treatment for Laser Hair Removal Burns
Laser hair removal burns can be treated with gentle skin care. According to board-certified dermatologist Anna Chacon, MD FAAD, vaseline petrolatum works wonders to promote wound healing. However, canes say you should also explore topical antimicrobials and specific dressings. Since sunburned skin will be highly photosensitive, Green stresses avoid direct sunlight on the afflicted region.
She also suggests using an over-the-counter pain killer such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) if you have any discomfort associated with the burn (Aleve).
According to Minars, it may take many months for the burn to disappear in more challenging situations. This also depends on the location of the burn, as leg burns often require more time to heal. In addition, second or third-degree burns are likely to necessitate the care of a medical practitioner and prescription medicine.
How to Avoid Laser Hair Removal Burns?
Prevention is entirely achievable with laser hair removal burns. First, ensure that an experienced practitioner administers the therapy. Because tanned skin is more prone to burns, you should avoid sun exposure. Additionally, some skin care products should be avoided. Chacon recommends avoiding topical dermatological medications, such as retinoids, one week before the treatment.
Lastly, a test spot is valuable for preventing a potential lousy consequence. This is performed with a laser. “By avoiding broad regions during your initial session, you may hedge your bets that, if a problem arises, it will be smaller and more camouflaged,” adds Minors.
When to consult a medical practitioner
If a burn occurs, it is essential to begin treatment immediately. However, it would be best to refrain from treating the area until it has recovered. Choosing the correct specialist is a crucial step in preventing burns. In addition, Minars suggests using internet review sites and doctor rating platforms to determine the individual’s level of expertise. “Make sure that your supplier has the experience and the proper gear [and] technology, especially if you have a darker complexion.”
By using experienced laser practitioners together with the best laser equipment, laser hair removal burns can be avoided and prevented.
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