Laser Hair Removal Side Effects -Laser hair removal is the wave of the future in regards to a great solution for removing excess or unwanted hair. As it gains popularity, there is more and more information available about this procedure.
Learning as much as you can regarding the possible complications is very important, before deciding if it is the right choice for you.
It is most important to note that people who receive laser hair removal treatments are more likely to experience temporary laser hair removal side effects, than they are to experience permanent laser hair removal side effects.
The Most Common Temporary Laser Hair Removal Side Effects Are:
Hyperpigmentation – This is a discoloration of the skin. This can be red, light or darkened spots on the skin.
Swelling – There can be some skin irritation and swelling in the entire area of the laser hair removal.
Blistering – It can be painful, but keeping the area covered with gauze, and using topical numbing cream can help with the discomfort.
Pain – The entire area where laser hair removal is performed can experience some pain during and after the treatment. Topical numbing cream, or over the counter pain relievers can help.
These issues will go away within a few days to a few months time of completing treatment.
A small percentage of people experience permanent laser hair removal side effects.
The Most Common Permanent Side Effects Are:
Burns – Usually caused by ‘over treating’ a particular area.
Scars – Often caused by ‘over treating’ a particular area, or the product of a burn.
Hyperpigmentation – This may leave irreversible discoloration on the skin.
Some Measures Can Be Taken To Help Avoid These Issues:
1. Seek out a well trained specialist with a lot of experience.
2. Make sure to discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor.
3. Do not shave, pluck or wax any hair in the area for several weeks prior to having this procedure.
4. Do not wear any cosmetics or lotions on the day of the procedure. They could cause an adverse reaction.
5. Do not have a sun tan. If you have a sun tan, let it fade for several weeks prior to having this done.
6. If you are prescribed any medications (topical or oral), make sure to use them as directed.
Following these basic suggestions will help you have the best possible experience, and avoid laser hair removal side effects.
Consumers want to have a full picture of what to expect when using a new appliance such as a home laser hair removal device. Understanding how it works and the risks involved is a good idea.
How A Home Laser Hair Removal System Works?
When laser energy is absorbed, it creates heat and causes change. This fact allows a laser to stop hair growth. When laser energy is absorbed by the dark pigment in your hair follicles, the hairs stop growing.
This sounds simple doesn’t it? When you have light skin, only dark pigments in the hairs are touched. However, if there are dark pigments in the skin, the skin absorbs the laser energy and can be burned.
This is why laser hair removal at home works only if you have a light skin tone and dark hairs. If your skin is tanned, medium brown, dark brown, or black, using a laser could harm your skin.
Temporary Laser Hair Removal Side Effects Sometimes Occur
Exposing your skin and hair to a laser beam will create some sensitivity. Immediately after use of the device and possibly for the next few days, your skin can be mildly irritated, reddened, or swollen. You are advised to protect your sensitive area of skin from direct sunlight for about a week after using one of these devices.
Long-Term Or Permanent Laser Hair Removal Side Effects Are Rare
Long-term side effects can occur after treatments, but rarely. Most often harm occurs when the skin is too dark, absorbs heat, and becomes blistered or discolored. Home laser hair removal systems have built-in safety measures to prevent use on dark skin and to prevent too much exposure.
Using A Personal Appliance With Common Sense Prevents Unwanted Results
Knowing how laser energy works can guide you in using one of these appliances. You should experience only minor, temporary discomfort. Common sense will tell you to switch to a lower energy setting or to give your skin a break, if you experience anything more than brief discomfort. If you have very sensitive skin or an unusual skin or hair condition, you might want to consult with an aesthetic doctor, before using one of these devices. Otherwise, using your home device with care will ensure intended benefits with minimal side effects.
Other Sources Of Information
If you have further questions there are reliable sources of information. You can consult with the manufacturer, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), a spa, or an aesthetic doctor. Legitimate devices are approved by the FDA. This government body has online information and can be contacted on the phone. Certain aesthetic doctors and spas who sell and recommend these devices, are also well-informed.
Laser hair removal is becoming more prevalent each day as more and more people opt for this method of removing unwanted hair. However, it requires careful consideration as it is still a medical procedure with all the inherent risks of any other medical procedure.
Fortunately, the side effects from laser hair removal are usually mild and short lived. While serious side effects are still possible, they are very rare. Let’s take a look at what laser hair removal side effects you should expect and what to look for.
Common Laser Hair Removal Side Effects:
Pain is the most talked about side affect when talking about laser hair removal. The laser light produces a short ‘zap’ when applied that feels similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. The pain is easily bearable as it is very short in duration.
Some people with sensitive skin may experience more discomfort. Topical anesthetics are available to help minimize this pain if needed. The area to be treated may also see some tenderness after the procedure. Any follow-on discomfort can be adequately served with pain relievers such as Tylenol, topical anesthetics or a simple application of aloe vera cream.
Swelling is sometimes apparent after the procedure. It can be treated similar to the pain treatments above. You should tale to your practitioner if the swelling is serious or persists. This will help address the situation as quickly as possible and also help dictate in changes in the treatment regimen for next time.
Redness around the treated area is the most common and least harmful side effect.
It will usually clear up by itself after a few hours but aloe vera cream can be used here as well to help alleviate and discomfort.
Rare or Serious Laser Hair Removal Side Effects:
Blistering of the skin is probably the most serious side effect other than outright burning of the skin. It can be very painful and lead to scaring if not properly treated. It is most often caused by improper settings on the laser. You should talk to your practitioner immediately if any blistering occurs. Changes will need to be made before the next treatment.
Do not hesitate to call another doctor if the blistering is particularly bad or painful. Many laser clinics are not staffed with licensed doctors and are not properly equipped to handle serious complications.
Hyperpigmentation is the temporary darkening of the skin.This will usually clear up after a day or two but if it persists, you should talk to your practitioner and make any necessary adjustments to treatment.
Burning of the skin is the most serious complication. The cause is similar to blistering in that the laser setting are wrong for the patient. If you feel burning you should stop the procedure immediately to prevent any serious damage and have a long, long talk with your practitioner. Burning should never happen!