Are there any side effects with laser hair removal?

Posted on 12 Nov, 2014

Over the last 10 years, the use of lasers has become very popular all over the world as a cosmetic treatment to offer permanent removal of unwanted hair on the face, legs, arms, underarms, chin, bikini line and other body parts.

The procedure is carried out by surgeons all over the world and works when the pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the highly concentrated light therefore removing the hair.

Although the procedure is considered to be incredibly safe, there are some potential risks and side effects of laser treatment hair removal.
Side Effects of Laser Treatment Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal Burns
This is considered to be most common side effect is the procedure. It mostly occurs to persons with tanned or darker skin types since laser absorbs pigments more readily on skin with dark pigments. In most cases the burns are mild if procedures are done well. Therefore it is vital to ensure that you choose a reputable experienced provider for this treatment.
Skin Tone Change
Skin tone change can be classified in two categories:

• Hyper-pigmentation is where the skin darkens after the laser hair removal procedure has been completed. The laser treatment stimulates production of melanin causing the skin to act like it’s been out in the sun, effectively causing a suntan.
• Hypo-pigmentation is the lightening of the skin after the laser treatment procedure. Melanin production can be prevented by the absorption of the laser lights, which leads to pigment loss. Hypo-pigmentation mostly occurs on patients with dark skin.

Erythema refers to the redness of the skin. These are two common occurrences after laser treatment. Blisters can also appear, mostly on dark skinned patients.

Other side effects, which are considered normal after the procedure, include: itching, numbness, and tingling.

It is very important for patients, especially those with medical conditions to consult trained professional undergoing the procedure for them to get the most satisfying results.

Many patients don’t suffer from any side effects at all, and this is why laser hair removal is considered to be the best and latest hair removal technology as opposed to other methods of hair removal, which include waxing, or the use of creams.


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