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Laser Hair Removal Risks

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Even though laser hair removal is very safe, there are some possible side effects and risks. Having an understanding of the danger of laser hair removal treatment can help you make a knowledgeable decision about your care.

Dangers and Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal

The short term side effects of laser hair removal includes swelling and redness, this typically subside in a few days. There are rare circumstances, or if the procedure is performed incorrectly, patients can face dangers of burns and change in skin color. Make sure to ask about the doctor’s credentials and training during your consultation. The doctor should be willing to fully discuss the potential risks of laser hair removal with you to guarantee that your questions are answered.

Laser Hair Removal Burns

Burns are the foremost common dangers related with improperly performed laser hair removal procedures. This could occur if the skin, instead of the hair follicle absorbs the laser energy. It’s very important to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for laser hair removal before having treatment. Doing so helps minimize the chance of burns as well as other possible side effects.

While rare, laser hair removal burns occur more often on patients with darker skin. This happens because skin with darker pigment absorbs the laser more quickly. Although most occurrences of laser hair removal burns are mild, there are some severe burn cases.

Most burn cases are a result of laser hair removal being performed by somebody who is inexperienced or unqualified in the procedure. There’s an increase higher risk when receiving laser hair removal treatment from an inexperienced or unqualified technician. Patients must use caution as there’s no existing standard for licensing or qualified laser hair removal technicians. You want to make sure the clinic you visit features the newest hair removal systems. You should also avoid doctors that advertise prices that appear too good to be true. Lower prices frequently suggest that treatments will be of lower quality.

Changes in Skin Tone

Two other side effects of laser hair removal is hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin that may occur after treatment. The laser can often stimulate melanin production, creating a reaction that is similar to getting a suntan. Hypopigmentation refers to the lightening of the skin after treatment. The absorption of laser light can hinder melanin production, leading to a loss of pigment. Just like hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation occurs most often in patients with darker skin and is not reversible.

Locate a Qualified Laser Hair Removal Specialist near You

When thinking about getting laser hair removal, the most important thing to know is that experience and training are essential to treatment success. An improper performed procedure can cause several risks and can lead to severe side effects. To avoid the dangers of laser hair removal, always have a professional determine whether you are a candidate for treatment. Also, make sure to fully discuss and concerns you may have.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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