Getting laser hair removal can be daunting and we understand why. The word ‘laser’ often comes with negative connotations, but we’re here to set you straight. Let us walk you through the risks of getting laser hair removal and how we work in all of our clinics to minimise these risks.
Risks of encountering side effects differ depending on skin type, hair colour, treatment plan and the compliance of pre and post care treatments.
What should I do before my treatment to minimise the risk?
Before getting laser hair removal it is important to asses whether you are suitable for the treatment. If you do not follow this step the risk of getting side effects increases massively. As we use the Cynosure elite machine in all of our clinics, we have listed below what criteria makes you unsuitable.
- Hypersensitivity to light in the infrared, or near infared wavelength region
- Taking medication that is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight
- Taking or have taken isotretinoin capsules within the last 6 months
- Taking anticoagulants
- Having seizure disorders triggered by light
- Having suspicious pigmented lesions
- Receiving or have received gold therapy
- Having lupus
- Having unprotected sun exposure within 4 weeks of treatment (alexandrite laser, lighter skin tones)
- Having unprotected sun exposure within 3-7 days of treatment (YAG – darker skin tones)
What are my risks during/ post treatment?
The most common side effects of laser are:
This can manifest in the form of temporary discomfort/ redness and swelling. Signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
Laser hair removal may darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. However, skin lightening usually affects those who don’t avoid sun exposure before/after treatment or those who have darker skin.
Although rare these side effects can also occur:
- Blistering, crusting, scarring & other changes in skin texture
- Greying of the treated area
- Excessive hair growth around treated areas, particularly on darker skin.
Although burns are not common, thermal burns from laser hair removal devices can occur due to a low-quality device, using a machine that was not suited for your skin colour or because of an operator mistake. To avoid burns we use a reputable device (cynosure elite), make sure the device is suitable for your skin type/colour and also get our therapists to follow manufacturer instructions when treating clients.
What to do if you have problems?
If you’re not happy with the results of your laser treatment or are experiencing problems, please contact us directly.
Take a look at our Laser vs. Razor: A Complete Comparison for Women blog post for further information