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WHAT IS PERIPHERAL EDEMA AND HOW IS IT CAUSED?

o Perifollicular edema, or follicular edema, refers to the swelling or inflammation of the area around the hair follicles. This is a common side effect that can occur after an Alexandrite laser hair removal session. They look, so to speak, like red follicles.


o During the Alexandrite laser hair removal session, the laser energy targets the melanin of the hair follicle. The absorption of the energy heats the pile-bearers, leading to their destruction.


o Perifollicular swelling is a normal reaction to the laser session and is a temporary side effect that subsides within a few hours to a few days after the procedure.


o It is important to note that perifollicular swelling is a common and expected reaction and indicates that the laser session is effectively targeting the hair follicles. However, to manage this side effect and promote faster recovery, it is recommended that you follow the post-session care instructions provided by our facility. This may include using cool packs or soothing creams to reduce discomfort and irritation.



o To recap, perifollicular swelling is a temporary reaction to Alexandrite laser hair removal, and should not be a concern. If there are any persistent or troubling symptoms after the procedure, it is essential to consult a qualified laser professional for proper evaluation and guidance.

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