Side Effects

a female doctor sitting at a tableLaser hair removal dangers are a concern that many potenital clients are weary of. One of the most important things to research before undergoing laser hair removal treatment are the side effects that can be associated with the procedure. Before getting into any possible laser hair removal related dangers, it is important to remember that we perform laser hair removal to the highest standards and will very rarely have any instances in which clients were not completely satisfied with their treatments.

The three side effects that can be associated with laser hair removal are burning, hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation:

Burning

Laser hair removal works by emitting a beam of laser light that passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle directly below. Patients can potentially experience a burn as a laser hair removal side effect if the laser parameters are not correctly set. If the laser is on too high, it will not efficiently pass through the outer layers of skin and will instead target the skin’s melanin. If the laser is left on too long in this state, the skin has potential to burn. At Laser Hair Removal of Milford we set the laser parameters according to patient’s skin type and hair color to achieve great results and rarely have patients experienced any sort of burning. Specific lasers are designed for specific skin types and colors. It is important that you are treated with the correct technology.

Hypo and Hyperpigmentation

Hypo and hyperpigmentation are possible reactions that can be considered laser hair removal side effects. Hypo and hyperpigmentation are conditions in which there is either an excess or depletion of melanin within the skin. This can cause spots to appear which are either darker or lighter than your normal skin tone. Hypo and hyperpigmentation mainly occur as a result of sun exposure. It is recommended to all patients that they stay out of the sun for at least two weeks before and two weeks after a procedure. If sun exposure is impossible to avoid, it is suggested that a sun block of SPF 30 or higher be worn at all times. When the skin is not in its natural state, it is more difficult to set the laser parameters correctly, therefore laser exposure or sun exposure post-treatment can cause this laser hair removal side effect to occur.

Laser hair removal, like any procedure, is not without danger, but undergoing treatment at Laser Hair Removal of Milford will greatly decrease your chances of burning or skin discoloration because we have a physician perform the service on you.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy laser hair removal questions are constantly arising. Many wonder if it’s safe to treat while pregnant; and while no studies have proven that laser hair removal should not be performed on women while their pregnant. We recommend stopping treatment until the baby is born just to be on the safe side.

Hair growth can be triggered by a plethora of things, one being hormone change. When women become pregnant, hair growth can be triggered in areas that were once soft and smooth. Because of this, many women inquire about laser hair removal treatment during pregnancy.

Studies have been conducted, and there are no results that prove that laser hair removal is dangerous for those that are pregnant, but longer studies have yet to be concluded, it is for this reason that we refuse to let our patients undergo pregnancy laser hair removal treatments. Others that do treat women who are pregnant may steer clear of treating the abdominal area as well as the breast/areola area in order to ensure the safety of the baby. We do not feel this is a prudent idea. In addition, we would not allow pregnant women to use any numbing creams prior to treatment because of the absorption factor.