Laser hair removal is widely used as an effective long-term solution to unwanted hair. With a year-round sunny climate, there is a high demand for this cosmetic procedure here in Los Angeles. While laser hair removal can provide effective and lasting results, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and know how to prevent them. In this blog post, we’ll explore common side effects of laser hair removal and how to minimize or avoid them.
Common Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal
Skin Irritation, Redness, and Itching
One of the most common side effects of laser hair removal is skin irritation and redness. The laser targets the hair follicles, which can cause short-term inflammation and redness in the treated area. This usually subsides within a few hours to a day after treatment.
The laser treatment opens your skin pores, which makes them more prone to infection. You can minimize this problem by keeping your skin clean by using mild cooling creams and by avoiding cosmetics and deodorants on the treated areas. It may seem obvious, but you must resist any temptation to scratch the treated area.
Swelling and Discomfort
Some individuals may experience swelling and discomfort immediately after the procedure. Applying a cold compress and using over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate these symptoms.
Changes in skin pigmentation, such as darkening (hyperpigmentation) or lightening (hypopigmentation), can occur after laser hair removal. This is more likely to happen in individuals with darker complexions. However, these changes are usually temporary and fade over time.
Blisters and Crusting
In very rare cases, laser hair removal can lead to blisters or crusting. This is far likelier to happen if the treatment isn’t performed correctly or if the treated area is not properly cared for afterward.
What to Do to Avoid Unwanted Side Effects
To minimize your chance of developing any unwanted side effects, we recommend the following:
Choose a Reputable Practitioner and Follow Their Instructions
Selecting a reputable and experienced clinic for your laser hair removal procedure is crucial. Ensure the technicians performing the treatment are trained and certified to minimize the risk of complications. Carefully follow all instructions your practitioner provides both before and after treatment.
Minimize Sun Exposure
Perhaps the most important recommendation is to avoid excessive sun exposure both before and after treatment. Even artificially tanned skin is more prone to side effects. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to reduce your chance of problems.
Avoid Further Skin Irritations
In the days after treatment, avoid using harsh skin care products, exfoliants, and retinoids on the treated area.
Keep the treated area well-moisturized and hydrated – this will promote faster healing and reduce irritation. Choose gentle, fragrance-free moisturizers if possible.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing laser hair removal procedures. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.