Laser hair removal is popular among those who desire a more permanent solution to hair removal than other treatments. This is an easy way to permanently remove a large amount of hair from your body. However, this procedure can cause short-term side effects after the treatment. The good news is that these side effects can easily be treated with proper care and preventive measures. Here is a list of common laser hair removal side effects and how to manage or prevent them.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Successful hair removal by laser can delay the growth of hair for an extended period of time, but rarely permanently removes hair. Primary hair removal requires several laser hair removal treatments and may also require maintenance. Laser hair removal can be used for people of any skin type, but it works best for people with fair skin and dark hair.
But Don’t Worry It’s Safe!
If you are tired of shaving and other traditional hair removal treatments, laser hair removal can help. Laser hair treatment by a dermatologist or other specialized and experienced professional prevents the growth of new hair from the hair follicle. This treatment is usually considered safe for most people. This technique is also not associated with long-term side effects. However, there is still controversy about the risks of laser hair removal. Temporary minor adverse effects may occur after treatment, but additional side effects are rare. In addition, all claims regarding long-term hazards are unfounded.
Common Laser Hair Removal Side Effects:
If the procedure is carried out carefully, the negative effects of laser hair removal are minor and temporary. Although there can be serious side effects, laser hair removal usually comes with relatively few risks. Most problems are very temporary. However, the duration of any side effect will depend on the professional performing the process and the steps you follow to prepare for your session and take care of your skin afterward.
Since the laser uses the heat of light energy to destroy hair follicles, it can form blisters that look like burns. This is an exception for medical institutions that use the latest technology. The key to getting the best result is to maintain and protect the surrounding skin’s health during the treatment. This is done so that the laser only heats the melanin in the hair shaft and not the surrounding skin. You can disable this feature during the session. Some types of lasers go really advanced and include a cooling mechanism at the tip of the laser. Thus, additional cooling is usually not required.
- If blisters form after laser hair removal, treat them as you would with any other blisters.
- Apply healing cream to avoid infection.
- Avoid popping the blisters.
- Notify the treatment provider about the blisters and request that the necessary measures be taken to prevent their recurrence.
They are sometimes used to describe scars, but they are not the same. Improper use of lasers for hair removal can lead to persistent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, resulting in ‘burns’. You can try to reduce its appearance, but that can be hard to fix. Laser treatment that acts on the skin and hair follicles causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In theory, this cannot be achieved with a laser. However, tanned skin or some skin tones are susceptible to these negative effects because the laser light is attracted to the pigment. If the laser used for treatment is set too high for the setting in use, the chance of “burning out” increases. That is why the importance of visiting a specialist for procedures such as laser hair removal cannot be overstated. This should only be done by professionals.
- As a precaution, avoid laser treatment if you have been exposed to the sun recently.
- Even if you’re not fully tanned, sun exposure can stimulate the activity of melanocytes in your skin. As a result, the skin is more susceptible to laser hyperpigmentation.
- You should also limit sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen regularly after treatment.
- If you have chronic burns or scars that won’t go away with laser hair removal, talk to your doctor first. The best solution is definitely a doctor-run clinic.
- This is because they will know what your scars will look like in the first place.
- If the clinic cannot provide you a doctor, see a doctor yourself.
You may have mild redness, tiny bumps, irritation, and transient pain immediately following a laser treatment, but just on the treated region. This is only transitory and should resolve itself within a few hours to a few days.
- Using a cooling lotion, on the other hand, can help to calm the region.
- Try an unscented skin soother like aloe vera, or a non-comedogenic after sun cream.
- You can also apply an ice pack or a cool washcloth to help in reducing the burning, itching, or swelling.
- On the treated region, avoid using abrasive cleansers or exfoliants. This will just aggravate the skin.
It is possible to be lasered excessively. In a single treatment location, laser hair removal can only accomplish around 80% to 90% hair loss. It might restart hair follicles if overused.
- The best way to deal with this problem is prevention, and specialists in laser clinics should not be aggressive in removing all the hair.
- If you want your skin to be baby bare, electrolysis can remove some of the remaining strands from laser hair removal.
- However, many people are content with leaving that hair leftover or removing them at home.
- Waxing or shaving is much easier if you have less hair in the first place after treatment.
- However, this should only be done after undergoing a course of laser therapy.
Acne may emerge on the treated region after your laser hair removal treatments. Clogged pores are bad and can cause negative effects on your skin. When the heat of the laser opens the pores, the skin becomes more susceptible to these small infections. They develop pus-filled little bubbles. Because dead skin cells and pathogens cannot leave the body, pus-filled blisters appear when you try to get rid of them.
- This problem can be avoided by following a careful regimen of laser treatment.
- Keep the environment of your skin clean.
- Do not apply make-up, deodorant, or other cosmetics immediately after the session. As a result, the skin can “breathe” while it heals.
- Keep the “path” to your pores clean to remove waste.
- Continue to use the soothing lotions or ointments prescribed by your doctor to reduce inflammation.
- Acne can be treated with a triple-antibiotic ointment if it persists following laser hair removal. Most drugstores sell this sort of product over the counter.
- Your doctor can tell you what you need (another reason why you should only use medical treatments under a doctor’s supervision).
- To minimize scarring, don’t pop or press on acne marks.
Your skin may seem somewhat darkened after laser hair removal procedures. It is a very temporary side effect that usually goes away on its own after about a week.
- If you feel any significant discomfort other than a discoloration, contact your laser treatment provider or doctor immediately.
- Some pain, however, is to be expected after this treatment.
- Razor burns often occur after laser hair removal. However, rarely does anyone feel incapable of feeling pain.
If you are not sure about your symptoms being severe, contact the hospital where you were treated and ask for information. You can also order the test, especially if your doctor runs a clinic. If so, don’t be afraid to call them back so they can take a look and make some suggestions.
How To Prepare Yourself Before Treatment:
Laser hair removal involves more than just removing unwanted hair. This is a potentially dangerous medical treatment and requires training. Before getting laser hair removal, you should consult the doctor or technician in charge of the treatment carefully. The treated area of skin will appear and feel burnt within a day or two. Cold compresses and emollients may help. If your skin does not have pimples, you can apply makeup the next day if you have treated your face. The treated hair will fall out within the next month. Apply sunscreen for the next month to avoid temporary discoloration of treated skin. Always consult your doctor if you experience any unusual long-term side effects or if you are unsure if they are related to your laser hair removal procedure.
Finally, we’ll add that lasers are uncontrollable, so anyone can receive treatment. Thus, it depends only on you whether you receive high-quality and risk-free assistance. Don’t be fooled by cheap or backdoor laser hair removal services. At the same time, if you do your research and choose a reliable provider, you can reduce the side effects of laser hair removal.
If you’d like to learn more about Laser Hair Removal and how it may help you get rid of hair, give Lucere clinic a call today.