Question about Laser Hair Removal: i had ipl done on my underarms and has considerably q84

Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Question:

I had IPL done on my underarms and has considerably reduced the hair after 8 sessions. However I ended up with chicken like skin. Is there a way to fix this and lighten my skin? I have darker pigmentation on my underarms as compared to my overall skin color and am I not obese either. I don’t use deodorant either as I don’t smell either. Would laser help? Would appreciate your advice

Answer:

Did the skin look like this prior to the laser hair removal when you waxed ? The darker pigmentation in your underarms is usually called acanthosis nigricans. It is a common condition, and can be treated to some extent with exfoliants, topical retinoids and lightening agents. Laser doesn’t tend to help this condition, as it usually occurs in those with olive or darker skin types, and laser tends to affect normal skin as well as the darker areas in this case.

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