What is pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB)?
Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), commonly known as “ingrown hairs” or “razor bumps,” is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by hair removal (i.e. shaving or waxing). Individuals with curly hair are predisposed to experiencing PFB, as the curvature of the hair allows for downward penetration into the skin as the hair grows, and the concern affects 83% of black men to some degree. The reaction caused by the ingrown hair (a foreign body) leads to itching and the development of papules and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In some cases, thick raised scars called keloids may develop, leaving significant scarring. PFB is particularly prevalent among military members due to strict grooming standards—though this condition can affect the face, neck, and any area where post-pubertal secondary hair is removed for both men and women.
PureLee Redefined’s professional aesthetics team uses the Aerolase Neo Elite® laser to safely terminate the hair follicle and effectively treat PFB, and unlike most laser treatments, Aerolase is proven to be safe for and effective for skin of color.
What are the benefits of Aerolase® PFB laser treatment?
The Aerolase Neo Elite® is FDA cleared to treat PFB and features break-through 650-microsecond technology that allows energy to pass through the skin without causing heat-induced damage on deeper skin tones. When receiving an Aerolase laser treatment at PureLee Redefined in Colorado Springs, you’ll experience the following PFB treatment benefits:
- No downtime
- No anesthesia or cooling required
- Minimal (if any) discomfort during treatment
- Few side effects (84% of patients reported no side effects)
- No changes in pigment after treatment (i.e. post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation)
- Noticeable PFB improvement in 2 treatments (some patients see a >75% reduction or total elimination of PFB in 5-8 treatments)
- Improved self-esteem and quality of life (one study reported 60% of patients with PFB said the condition had a moderate to severe impact on their self-esteem)
The Aerolase Neo Elite® laser is attracted to melanin, hemoglobin, and water in your skin tissue—thus it is designed to only target PFB papules and not disturb surrounding tissue.
What should I expect during Aerolase® PFB laser treatment?
Before treatment begins, Dr. Kenya Lee or Dr. Marvin Lee will examine your skin and review your medical history to ensure PFB laser treatment is right for you.
During your treatment, your surgeon will use the Aerolase wand to move over the treatment area, precisely delivering laser energy to target PFB papules, hyperpigmentation and terminate the underlying hair follicle. Most patients report a warming sensation on the skin that is comfortable and well tolerated.
What happens after Aerolase® PFB laser treatment?
Some patients experience temporary redness which typically resolves within a few hours. As each hair follicle is permanently disabled, you’ll notice a gradual decrease in hair growth, PFB papules and lesions, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation—most patients see notable PFB improvement within a few weeks of the initial treatment. You may return to your normal activities immediately after treatment, though you should carefully follow all aftercare instructions—including applying sun protection—to speed healing and encourage optimal results.
How many Aerolase® PFB laser treatments will I need?
We recommend a series of treatments to achieve a dramatic improvement in PFB or possible PFB elimination. Plan on having at least two, and possibly up to eight, treatments: the number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of PFB and the condition of your skin.
Because Aerolase is gentler than other lasers, treatments can be performed every 4 weeks (versus 6-8 weeks for other laser treatments), achieving quicker, safer results.
Aerolase® PFB laser treatment in Colorado Springs
Don’t let PFB hold you back from looking and feeling great! Our team is ready to help you conveniently treat PFB without downtime. To schedule your consultation, call us at (719) 452-8541 or book online now.