Some people with serious ingrown hairs problem use laser treatment or electrolysis to completely prevent hair growth. You can consider electrolysis and laser hair removal when all else fails, but these are expensive and required repeated treatments. Some of the laser hair removal side effects are risk of skin discoloration and risk of scarring if laser treatment is not done carefully.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects and Risks
Itching, redness and swelling around the treatment area are some of the common side effects after laser hair removal treatment. Usually, these side effects should last three days the most.. Some mild pain discomfort can also be be expected during treatments.
Hyper-pigmentation may happen or, burnt skin may occur in unlucky cases are some of the unwanted laser hair removal side effects. These can usually be prevented with the correct adjustment in laser settings during treatment. Apart from the possibility of the skin being burnt or discoloration of the skin, risks include white spots, outbreak of acne, swelling around the follicle area, scab forming and infection. These risks can be prevented when being treated with appropriate laser type and at suitable settings for the individual’s skin type.
Patients with an an allergy to hair removal gel used with certain laser types or to a numbing cream are more prone to laser hair removal side effects. If after laser treatment, the allergic reaction appears, a doctor should be consulted.
The effectiveness of laser hair removal is now generally accepted as good by dermatologists, and widely practiced as laser hair removal side effects are minimal with the advancement of laser technology.