Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal

The use of laser for removing unwanted hair has become very popular in the last 10 years. With this technology, a laser is applied onto the skin to damage the follicles and eventually reduce hair growth. This method is both medically and aesthetically safe. Although it can be costly, it is one of the proven effective ways for permanent hair removal.

However, as in many high-technology procedures today, there may be some potential side effects to watch out for, which will be presented shortly. Understanding them can help you make an informed decision about the matter.

Short-term Side Effects

Right after laser treatment, swelling and redness may occur in the treated area. This swelling should subside in a couple of hours to a few days at most. However, these short-term side effects may last longer if the hair removal was not done properly. Not only that, improper treatment may also lead to burns and skin irritation that may have longer unwanted effects. It is then important to make sure your treatment will be performed by a doctor or a licensed professional.

Burns Caused by Hair Removal

Burns are one of the common side effects caused by improperly performed procedure. Burns occur if the skin itself, and not just the hair follicle, absorb the laser beam. These side effects are rare, but they usually happen with patients that have darker skin.

Possible Changes in Skin Tone

Laser hair removal may also lead to hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin, or the opposite effect hypopigmentation. Because they target melanin in hair follicles, improperly performed treatment may cause overstimulation of melanin or its inhibition. Laser-induced hyperpigmentation is usually reversible, while skin lightening due to laser is not.

Laser removal is one of the most popular hair removal methods. However, to enjoy maximum benefits, laser hair removal must only be done by a qualified medical practitioner or hair removal specialist.

 

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