Is bruising after laser hair removal common? How can it be treated?

Dr. Andrew Campbell at Quintessa Aesthetic Center

Question: I just went in for my third laser hair removal treatment for my lip. I now have what appears to be bruising all over my upper lip area. I am so embarrassed. What can I do to make this go away?

Answer: The following clients could be at a higher risk of bruising: 

  • Patients with very sensitive skin.
  • Patients with diabetes or pre-existing, chronic conditions that affect circulation or skin.
  • Patients taking anticoagulant medication.

That being said, it is very unusual for patients to experience bruising after laser hair removal, but there are few things you can do. First, the easiest remedy is to simply get some very good cover makeup that can be used to camouflage the bruising. Regular makeup tends to have a very difficult time covering up dark bruising, but there is also special makeup that has a green tint to it that counteracts the purple spots and marks you might be seeing. Hopefully, the professional that performed the laser hair removal is able to help you. Otherwise, I’d suspect the bruising to subside over approximately 1 week.

 

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