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Laser Hair Removal Possible Risks

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Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Even though laser hair removal is extremely safe, there could be dangers and side effects. Acknowledging the risks of laser hair removal therapy can assist patients in making informed decisions about their skincare.

Laser Hair Removal Dangers and Side Effects

Common immediate side effects of laser hair removal include redness and swelling, which typically reduce within a couple of hours. In rare cases, clients encounter some risks, such as burns and uneven skin tone (pigmentation), if the treatment is performed incorrectly. At your laser hair removal consultation, you should ask about the practitioner’s training, experience and credentials. The practitioner should also be ready to comprehensively consult the possible dangers of laser hair removal with you and confirm that any and all of your concerns are discussed.

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Laser Hair Removal Burns

The primary risk associated with laser hair removal is burning due to incorrectly-executed laser hair removal sessions. Burns occur when the skin absorbs laser energy, instead of the hair follicle. Therefore, it is essential to define if you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal before deciding to undergo treatment. The reason for that is to reduce the risk of burns and any other potential side effects.

Darker skin type patients have a higher risk of burns, and an experienced practitioner is rare to cause them, but because lasers are targeting the pigment of the hair follicle, skin with darker pigment absorbs the laser energy more readily. In most cases of laser hair removal, burns are minor; however, there have been several cases of severe burns.

To protect your skin, you must ensure that the clinic you selected, apart from the medically graded lasers they should have, should be performed by a qualified, well trained and experienced practitioner. Accepting therapy from an unqualified or inexperienced therapist can dramatically raise the dangers of laser hair removal. There are standards for licensing qualified laser hair removal therapists, NVQ Level 4, with lasers, although not all clinics are abiding by this to lower the costs. In addition, avoid advertisements with cheap laser hair removal prices, which appear too good to be true. If they offer too cheap often indicates that sessions will be of cheap quality and service. It’s good to do your research and read the online reviews before you trust your skin to any clinic.

Uneven Skin Tone

Less painful but also side effects are hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation. Hypopigmentation is lightening the skin area where the laser hair treatment is conducted. In rare cases, laser light absorption interferes with melanin production, resulting in pigment loss. The opposite of the above side effect is Hyperpgigmentation which darkens the skin. This is due to melanin stimulation after the laser hair removal treatment. This is a reaction that mimics the suntan. Darker skin tones are most likely to get both side effects of hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation; however, while hypopigmentation is not reversible, hyperpigmentation can be treated.

Embark on a journey to flawless skin by scheduling your free consultation with Pulse Light Clinic. Our team of qualified and experienced practitioners is dedicated to ensuring your safety and satisfaction throughout the laser hair removal process. At your consultation, we’ll discuss the potential risks and side effects, addressing any concerns you may have. Our commitment to quality care extends beyond the initial session, with follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any side effects that may arise.