Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

Laser hair removal side effects are common concerns by those who are thinking of going for a laser hair removal treatment. However, often these side effects of laser hair removal are overblown, and while there are some potential side effects to consider, today's laser hair removal procedures are safe and almost risk free - when done correctly by a laser hair removal professional. Below you will find a list of the most common and some rather rare laser hair removal side effects.

Common laser hair removal side effects:

  • Itching: A normal side effect of laser hair removal during and following the treatment.
  • Redness: Most probably your skin will be red for a few days following the treatment.
  • Swelling: It is highly likely that there will be some swelling around the follicle after the treatment.
  • Pain, tingling and numbness around the area treated by the laser are probably the most common laser hair removal side effects that can be considered as normal.

These side effects can be somewhat relieved by putting some Aloe Vera on the skin to help decrease irritation. Typically, these laser hair removal side effects will last no more than three days; if they do, you should contact your technician or doctor to find out what may be causing the delay.

Rare laser hair removal side effects:

  • Crusting and formation of scabs can appear on the area treated by the laser. These side effects would only appear within the first few days after the treatment and should disappear shortly after.
  • Bruising: On sensitive skin, mild bruising can occur.
  • A very rare side effect is purple coloring of the skin on tanned areas. If you tanned previous to going for laser hair removal, you may experience this side effect. (Please read our Before hair removal page for things to avoid before going for a laser hair removal treatment.)
  • Infection: One rather rare but significant side effect of laser hair removal is infection. You are essentially wounding the skin during the treatment and if you do not keep your skin clean after the procedure, you could end up getting an infection. If you get an infection, talk to your doctor immediately.
  • Lastly, you may also experience a change in the pigment of your skin around the treated area. This is only temporary and is a very rare side effect.

In all, very small ratio experiences significant laser hair removal side effects. If you experience any of them, don't be shy, talk to your doktor or technician. They may have set the laser too high for your skin and if they know about your problems, they can definitely adjust settings for the next treatment.

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