I had LHR in chin and upper lips and side burns, bikini with Candela and Gentlease without issues in the past.
This December, in a different facility, I had Alex done in my legs for the first time. I don’t not have the settings with me right now, I remember I asked to raise it a bit since I am good at pain tolerance and was not even feeling the lightest sting. I wanted it to be effective, I know legs are pretty tough. My hair there is coarse for the most part (shaved day before)
Two days after I noticed several bruises in the shape of dots 1/3 of inch in diameter, mostly in the calfs. In those areas, the fleshy parts of the calf, is where I had felt the laser sting the most.
I don’t know what these bruises are, I wasn’t told that I could experience individual dots because of laser treatment. Never seen it listed as a reaction.
I have them in groups of 6 to 10, they have remained dark purple for two weeks.
I did have existent spider veins in the area.
Also, FYI, toes hands and feet were treated, no coloration side effects noticed, but also there was no appearance of treatment done at all (no burnt hair smell, no hair falling after two weeks, normal amount regrowth in same thickness) the hair was thinner and lighter there to start with, over lightly tanned skin. I don’t think settings were changed for those areas. My impression is that laser didn’t work at all there, that’s another issue.
It has also only been one treatment so far. But in previous years when I treated other areas I noticed results from the first treatment. And no side effects besides some immediate, temporary redness that went away in hours.
Is this typical? Anything I can do to remove them? Do I have to change settings? Anything I can do before next treatment to prevent it? Do I need to change laser type? Will LHR treatment on top of spider veins affect/increase/reduce (I wish!) spider veins?
Skin type: I was determined IV. Not sure if that’s correct.
My natural skin is sickly white, but at the time of LHR (December 2018) I had an unwanted light tan leftover from Spring and Summer kayaking (covered, with 50 spf sunscreen )
Have not tanned in 35 years, very white. However technician said that because I’m hispanic I’m automatically type IV. This sounds ridiculous to me. My genetics are German and Spanish/Italian. I’m not dark skinned, not Central american… help here please? Do we go by current skin color or strictly where we were born, regardless of genetics?
Hair type : in legs treated, dark, corse, 1 inch long (was shaved 24 hours earlier) In fingers, light colored and thin hair, now almost unnoticeable against lightly tanned hands.
Follicles are very visible in hands, legs and feet. That bothers me, soecially in the legs.