Laser Hair Removal – How to Avoid Major Side Effects

February 4, 2011 in Hair Removal 101,Laser hair removal

Even though laser hair removal is generally a safe treatment it does carry a small risk of certain side effects: most of them harmless but some of them serious. The more harmful ones include burns and changes in skin tone, while the lighter side effects usually mean some skin irritation or redness. However, the majority of these side effects can be avoided if the person who will be undergoing the treatment is well-informed.

The reason why laser hair removal can leave side effects is because of the strong amount of heat that is applied to the skin. The heat is needed to destroy the hair follicles, and without it laser hair removal won’t be efficient. But the heat, especially if it’s too strong, can cause some damage to the skin as well. However, if there is a small amount of redness or irritation after the treatment, there is no need to worry, it is normal and happens to most people who undergo laser hair removal. But if there is a more severe burn that causes pain and persists for several days, one should contact a doctor for help and advice. Most side effects will go away on their own, except hypo and hyper pigmentation, lightening and darkening of the skin. These two conditions can have a harder time to go away, but treatment is available.

There are several ways to avoid major side effects when it comes to laser hair removal. The very first step is to do a little research, find a reputable laser hair removal clinic and schedule a complimentary consultation. The consultation is a very good time to ask questions and raise concerns about the treatment. It is also a good time to find out if the laser hair removal practitioner is certified and if he or she seems experienced. A practitioner who has plenty of experience will know what machine to use and at which setting, in order to stay safe while still being efficient. While all of the aforementioned steps will help, requesting a test patch is perhaps the best way to make sure there that will be no major side effects. The test patch is usually done on an area that is not visible when dressed, such as the under arm or bikini line, and will determine if the skin can tolerate the laser treatment. If there is no serious reaction to the test patch the client can go ahead and schedule a full session.

When treated by an experienced laser hair removal practitioner there is rarely anything to worry about, but taking the appropriate steps to avoid major side effects is always a wise idea. And while laser hair removal can cause some discomfort, and leave a small amount of skin irritation, it is one of few hair removal methods that promises a reduction in hair growth, and that alone makes it a worthy of a try.

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