Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that utilises laser technology to target and remove unwanted hair from various parts of the face and body. While permanent laser hair removal is relatively safe and effective, some people may experience black dots after the treatment. These black dots; also known as hyperpigmentation; are a common side effect of laser hair removal. Especially in people with darker skin tones. Let’s see how these appear and how to minimise your chance of getting pigmentation.
What are the black dots after laser hair removal?
The black dots that appear after laser hair removal are called “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” They occur when the laser treatment causes damage to the hair follicle and surrounding skin. This results in an increased production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives colour to the skin. The increased melanin causes the affected areas to appear darker than the surrounding skin.
Hyperpigmentation can appear as small, dark spots that are usually temporary and fade over time. In some cases, it may take several months for the pigmentation to fade completely. If your pigmentation is slow to fade, it may be treated with topical lightening creams or in severe cases where the pigmentation may beed a little more help, medical strength skin peels that can lift it off further.
How to avoid pigmentation after laser hair removal?
- Ensure you choose the safest laser with wavelength specific to your skin type. So for example if you have olive or darker skin tone should only be treated with ND Yag wavelength.
- Avoid sun exposure and sun beds for at leat 4- 6 weeks prior your laser treatment and repeat your patch test before resuming treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure and sun beds for a minimum of 2 weeks post your treatment
- Report any changes in your medical status to your practitioner, especially if you are taking new medications, so they can rule out contra indications and ensure to use safe settings in line with laser protocols.
Effective laser hair removal should be available for everyone but to ensure you don’t suffer such side effects, your practitioner should guide you through and explain what you must avoid doing before and after each of your treatment from your very first consultation.
How to book your consultation and what happens during your first visit?
As the first step of your hair removal journey at Skin Perfection London, we request that you attend a no obligations consultation and skin test. Firstly, this gives you the opportunity to learn more about the process. How does laser hair removal work? Why is it effective?
How many treatments you need? What’s the best laser for your skin type? How to prepare your skin for the treatment? And what to be aware of before undergoing laser hair removal. Finally to confirm suitability we’ll carry out a quick patch test.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at SP. Our highly trained and skilled aesthetic practitioners have many years of experience, so you can be confident you’re in the best hands. And, you can be sure, you’ll always have a stress-free relaxing experience.