What are the Side effects of Laser Hair Removal?

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Laser Hair Removal Columbia MD

Unwanted body hair can be distracting and can greatly affect one’s confidence.

Try as you might with shaving, plucking, or even bleaching, it would only take a few days for the hair to grow again.

This problem is quite a hassle for those who do not have much time to undergo the whole process of hair removal by themselves.

LHR solves the problem of fast-growing hair. It aims to remove unwanted hair through a cosmetic procedure that utilizes a powerful laser or intense pulsed light.

LHR is an efficient treatment, especially for excessive hair growth or conditions like hirsutism.

Removal of hair is not the only benefit. You can even improve the appearance of your hair. Hair appears thinner and will take longer to regrow. It may not permanently remove hair but the difference could be life-changing.

When done by an expert in the use of lasers in all skin types, laser hair removal is a very safe and effective procedure. Although it is safe and offers long-lasting results, you should learn about the pros, cons, and potential side effects before having it done.

Pros of Laser Hair Removal

  • It’s effective: More than 90% of patients report long-term results after laser removal. The procedure is perfect for those who are always on the go or struggle with excess hair.
  • Efficiency: Compared to other methods, laser hair removal is one of the most efficient. The whole procedure will not exceed 8 sessions. So in just a few trips to the dermatologist, you can achieve the desired outcome.
  • The fastest solution for hair removal: On a small surface area, hair removal can take a few minutes. On large surface areas like both legs, the procedure can take about 2 hours.
  • Versatility: It can be done in any part of the body including the face, legs, and arms.

Cons of Laser Hair Removal

LHR also has some disadvantages compared to other methods. Before undergoing the hair removal procedure, it is important to understand any limitations. Speak with your dermatologist for any concerns you may have about the procedure. These may include:

  • Price: LHR has different costs depending on the size and area of the body. Treatment is usually priced per session so the costs can add up. However, if you consider the money saved long-term, the treatment pays for itself many times over.
  • Multiple treatments are needed: The procedure is known to be fast-acting, but still needs multiple sessions to see the best results.
  • The treatment is sensitive: With just one mistake in the whole process, the patient can suffer from unwanted side effects. That’s why it is important to visit a board-certified dermatologist, who understands individual skin needs and the right way to use the laser.

What Are The Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?

The laser hair removal aims to make the skin aesthetically pleasing, however, there are some minor side effects are unavoidable. Side effects may occur for a couple of reasons. Before and after the procedure, it is important to be aware of the side effects that can be encountered. There are also myths regarding the procedure so be wise enough in determining scientific-based information from background noise. Here are the side effects of laser hair removal:

Redness and irritation

The process of laser hair removal damages the follicles of the targeted hairs. Hair follicles are quite sensitive, so expect redness and irritations. In most cases, the redness will go away in a couple hours.

Along with redness and irritations, expect some minor swelling, tenderness. Ice packs, or a cold bath or shower will help in relieving the swelling. During the process, the dermatologist may use topical anesthesia to prevent this side effect.


Crusting is described as the pus, blood, or dried sebum that mixes with bacterial debris. This may be a minor issue, but it can be inconvenient. When crusting occurs, make sure to clean it regularly. When infected, it may lead to scabbing and scarring. Take good care of the area by using mild moisturizers to hydrate the area to heal faster.

Changes in skin color

The risk of skin discoloration is higher in darker skin types, and may be long lasting. Be sure to see a dermatologist who is experienced in laser hair reduction in al skin types  During healing, avoid excessive sun exposure as sunlight worsens skin discoloration.

Possible eye injury

The laser hair removal procedure makes use of powerful lasers. When the area being treated is on the face, there are higher chances that it will pose serious eye injury. To avoid eye injury, the wearing of protective eye equipment for both the patient and the practitioner is required.

Risk of skin infection

Like other cosmetic hair removal methods, the process of damaging hair follicles poses infection risks. After the procedure, when there are wound-like side effects, it is important to apply the right treatment. After treatment, only apply dermatologist-approved products.

Burns and blisters

Burns and blisters can happen, even when the treatment is done correctly. If blisters happen, do not pop them. In the case of burns, cool down the affected area and seek medical help immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is laser hair removal harmful during pregnancy?

There are no sufficient studies that support the idea that laser hair removal is safe for pregnancy. That said, the procedure is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women just to be on the safe side.

2. Is the treatment painful?

During the procedure, it is normal to feel some discomfort, especially on sensitive parts of the body, like the armpit. Those who have tried the procedure describe the pain is comparable to a rubber band flicking on the skin. Your dermatologist may apply a topical cream or cooling agent to help with pain and irritation before the procedure.

3. How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

We recommend shaving the area 24 hours prior to the appointment. Do not use hair removal creams, waxes, or tweezers. On the day of the appointment, make sure not to apply any creams, make-up, or lotions on the area.

4. What should I do after treatment?

After the laser hair removal procedure, take note of the changes that will happen in the area. Clean the area gently using a mild soap. Avoid applying any beauty products on the area, especially 24 hours after the procedure.

Myths about laser hair removal

Myth #1: Laser removal home kits are just as good

There are several home laser removal kits on the market to choose from. However, as these are not the same devices that qualified practitioners use, the results are very short-lasting.

Myth #2: Anyone can perform laser- I don’t need a Dermatologist

While the concept of laser hair removal may seem simple, extensive knowledge of laser technology is needed to achieve the best and fastest results, and also to minimize the risks of potential side effects. Dermatologists spend years in training and have an in-depth understanding of both medical and cosmetic disorders of the skin, and the use of lasers, dermal fillers, and other devices to achieve the safest and best cosmetic outcomes.

Myth #3: Laser hair removal causes cancer

Lasers use light energy to remove hair. There are no studies or scientific findings to suggest that laser hair removal causes cancer.

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method for removing hair from any area of the body. The side effects are unlikely when done by a qualified expert. If you’re ready to give up waxing and shaving, contact us or book an appointment online now.


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