Laser hair removal has seen some recent advancements in the past couple of years the typical cost of laser hair removal per session has also come down because of high demand and availability in the form of thousands of laser hair removal clinics across South Africa.
However, just like any other form of cosmetic surgery or procedure, laser hair removal also isn’t devoid of risks and side effects. So, what are the side effects and risks associated with laser hair removal? Read on so you can make an informed choice.
Risk Associated with Laser hair removal – It would definitely have to be less than satisfactory results in many cases. Yes, let’s face the facts here. In the case of laser hair removal treatments, high energy laser beams are targeted on unwanted hair follicles and the high energy is supposed to kill the hair roots. But there are several “ifs” and “buts” in this.
You would first have to be evaluated by a laser hair removal professional for the kind of laser hair removal treatment that would work best on you – in most cases, laser hair removal treatments work best on people who have very light skin and dark hair. So, being able to choose the right laser hair removal treatment procedure is often the key to success.
If you have a comparatively darker skin and your hair follicles are not too dark either, solution is available in the form of altered wavelengths of the laser beam emitted by the laser hair removal machine. For Example - https://www.bareskin.co.za/products/bareskin-ipl-laser-hair-removal-kit
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In many cases, people come with the idea that a single laser hair removal session is enough to get rid of all unwanted hair – that is absolutely untrue. Bareskin – laser hair removal device creators told us that you will need to use the Bareskin device for several laser hair removal sessions at least every two weeks to be able to get rid of all the unwanted hair on the treatment area!
So, it’s a good idea to talk to your laser hair removal experts, get a fair idea of the total number of laser hair removal treatment sessions required, prepare a budget [read about laser hair removal cost, price list of laser hair removal] accordingly and then proceed with the laser hair removal treatment.
Last but not least, laser hair removal treatment does not guarantee permanent hair removal! In many cases, hair follicles again grow back on the treatment area (after removal by laser hair removal) and in such cases, repeat laser hair removal sessions are required.
Once you have a clear picture about the kind of results that you can expect from the laser hair removal treatment and are ready to go for it, you should prepare yourself for the usual side effects of laser hair removal (which are often minor):
Side Effects Of Laser hair removal – Irritation Of The Skin: This temporary side effect of Laser hair removal is attributed to the fact that not all the energy released by the high-frequency laser beams gets absorbed by the hair roots – some of that goes into the skin as well and that could lead to some minor discomfort, swelling and redness. However, this side effect of laser hair removal is only temporary and the discomfort usually goes away within several hours.
However, if you opted for a home laser hair removal treatment session, this side effect of laser hair removal could end up being a serious trouble because it is often difficult for newbies to adjust settings according to skin type and focus all the energy only on the hair roots – you might actually end up getting a skin burn.
Side Effects of Laser hair removal – Changes in Skin Pigmentation: This side effect of laser hair removal again has its roots in the above-mentioned reason and a patch of skin on the treatment area might actually have darker or lighter colour after prolonged exposure to the laser. This side effect of Laser hair removal usually means that an incorrect setting or incorrect laser has been chosen for a particular skin or hair type. The skin pigmentation usually disappears within a couple of days. Read more about studies that has been done.
Extreme Side Effects of Laser hair removal – In some rare cases, patients experience blistering, scarring, crusting or changes in skin texture after a laser hair removal treatment session.
Word of Caution – It is recommended that laser hair removal not be used for areas around the eyes because that could cause severe injury to the eyes.