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The Top 5 Risks and Concerns you need to know about Laser Hair Removal

 In general, laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to eliminate unwanted body hair for extended periods of time. Side effects are rare but they can occur.

Here’s some of the more common laser hair removal concerns.

Scarring - Because laser hair removal actually applies a laser directly to the skin, scarring can occur. This is often the result of an inexperienced technician, faulty laser equipment, improper settings or multiple treatments that are done too close together. In addition, lasers are designed according to skin and hair type.

If you have darker skin, make sure the laser is appropriate for your skin type and vice-versa.

Burns and Blisters - While there are lasers designed to work with darker skin, the technology typically works best on light-skinned patients with dark hair.

This is because the laser is designed to target the dark matter known as melanin that naturally occurs in our hair and skin. The more melanin you have, the darker your hair or skin will be. In a patient with a light complexion and dark hair, the majority of melanin is found in the hair shaft, providing the laser with a distinct target.

Patients who are tanned or have a darker complexion however, have larger amounts of melanin in their skin, making it difficult to properly target the laser and can sometimes suffer minor burns and blisters as a result.

Color Change - Although temporary, many patients see a change in the pigment (color) of their skin in and around the treated areas. The skin may look lighter or darker than your normal color or you may notice a splotchy or uneven appearance.

This change can last for several months, especially while treatments are ongoing, but will eventually go away.

Pain - Though not considered to be excessive, laser hair removal can sometimes cause minor discomfort in certain patients. Most describe the process as a tingling sensation while others have said it resembles a rubber-band snap.

In general, finer hair tends to hurt less than its coarser counterpart and if the pain is too uncomfortable, the technician can use a cooling agent and/or topical anesthetic to help relieve your discomfort.

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Irritation - Besides the more serious scarring, burns and blisters, some patients suffer minor skin irritation that can include slight swelling of the treated area as well as redness and/or tenderness. This irritation is only temporary and should go away within a week or two.

Now that you know the basics of laser hair removal, read on to find out more information about Is laser hair removal safe and what's important to know before you decide on this hair removal technique.

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