Marks four weeks after upper lip electrolysis

Hey there

I’ve been having electrolysis on my chin area for about a year now (currently 30 mins every 4 weeks) and at my last appointment I got the corners of my upper lip done too for the first time. 4 weeks later I still have marks on my upper lip and it’s really upsetting me. I don’t know if it’s normal or not. I have another appointment on Saturday but I’ve spoken to the provider over the phone and they’ve advised I stop on that area and it could be because I’ve started taking sertraline that this issue has occurred? I’d like to know if it’s a post inflammatory response that will go away or if I will spend forever trying to conceal / fix this new problem.

I’d love some input from anyone who is willing.

I’ve found it really hard to get a good photograph of it - apologies!

It appears you have mild hyperpigmentation (not marks) which can be normal for some clients. Hyperpigmentation always goes away. If you are more concerned about hyperpigmentation than getting rid of the hair, I advise against electrolysis on your upper lip.

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Thank you for your reply! I really appreciate it. Is there anything I can do to improve the hyperpigmentation or is it a case of leaving it? Am I right I’m thinking hyperpigmentation like this can take months/years to go away? And would further treatment darken it / cause more? I’m trying to weigh up which is easier to deal with, hairs or dark spots. Thanks again!

Most of your concerns will be answered here.

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Thank you so much for this. It’s very informative and understanding the science is good for my brain haha. Annoyingly I’m a blue eyed person who doesn’t tan but does seem to get PIH after pimples or cuts on my face. So it makes sense that I’m seeing it with electrolysis also. I actually think I do have it on my chin too, but it doesn’t bother me because I don’t see it. Really appreciate your reply. And I’m glad to hear that it always goes away. Thanks again! :slight_smile:

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An update on this - the hyperpigmentation has taken a couple of months to clear but it’s almost completely gone. Just wanted to thank you again for the really useful information, knowing that it would heal and clear up made the process much easier :slight_smile:

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Did you continue getting electrolysis or stop? I’m contemplating if the hyperpigmentation is worth it as I have had similar reactions and have similar skin (though my electrologist was great on my chin and never left any marks. She retired unfortunately!)

I stopped the electrolysis on my upper lip so actually only ended up having one session on it which is annoying but I didn’t want to risk it. It did take a while for the hyperpigmentation clear completely and I feel like adding more to it would have been hard to hide with make up. I was more self conscious about the hyperpigmentation than the hairs. I kept going on my chin because I can’t cope with how much hair I get in that area.