Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal
There are many factors to consider when choosing whether a laser hair removal treatment is right for you. Laser hair removal for men is a medical procedure and like any other medical procedure, there are common side affects and some uncommon ones as well. Understanding these side affects and the risk they represent is important information to consider when opting for male laser hair removal.
Normal Side Effects
Pain is the most common side effect that can occur both during and after the procedure. During the procedure the pulses of laser light can feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. The duration is short but can be uncomfortable for those with sensitive skin. Topical anesthetics are available for use to alleviate this pain.
Post-treatment pain may take the form of sore or tender skin in and around the treated area. Again, the use of topical anesthetics or aloe vera creams can be used to reduce any discomfort.
Swelling can sometimes occur around the treated area. Topical treatments are available as recommended by your practitioner.
Redness in and around the treatment area is probably the least serious side affect unless the treated area is visible e.g. eyebrows or upper lips. Topical creams or aloe vera are the usual prescribed treatments.
Rare Side Effects
Blistering of the skin is rare but may be the most painful and serious side effect. This is usually the result of the laser technician using incorrect settings. Any blistering should be discussed immediately with your practitioner to understand the cause and determine the appropriate remedy.
Hyperpigmentation is the temporary darkening of the skin in the treated area. This condition will usually work itself out and should not cause too much discomfort as long as it’s not on a visible area.
Burns are possible if the laser technician is inexperienced or has used incorrect settings on the laser. You should discuss this with your practitioner immediately to determine the cause and to prevent further damage.
Most side effects occur infrequently and last no more than 3 days after the treatment. While there are risks involved in any medical procedure, the industry has come a long way with improved lasers and training for technicians.
It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with all the possible ramifications of any such procedure but none of the more common side effects should prevent your from undergoing a laser hair removal treatment if you’ve been identified as a good candidate and are truly interested in removing your unwanted body hair.