Laser hair removal is the most popular method for removing unwanted hair growth
both on the body and face. Whilst for the majority of clients, it is highly safe and effective, it is not without its risks. At Laser Chic, we divide up laser hair removal side effects into 3 categories:
1. Expected laser hair removal side effects
2. Unwanted (but possible) laser hair removal side effects
3. Lastly, ‘Adverse reactions’
These side effects are not expected from a laser hair removal treatment, but can occur on rare occasions. Any of the following side effects should be reported to your laser consultant straight away:
- Mild burning or blistering – very unusual in a laser hair removal treatment. If this does occur it is usually a sign that the client has either exposed their skin to the sun, is on light sensitising medication that hasn’t been declared to the laser consultant prior to treatment, or the laser operator has over treated using energies that are too high. Rarely this can occur without any obvious explanation.
- Infection – if treated areas aren’t cleaned and disinfected properly prior to treatment, and post-treatment, a minor infection can set in. All areas must be free of make-up, creams, deodorants etc.
- Bruising – clients with very sensitive skin may experience slight bruising on treated areas. Again this is very unusual for laser hair removal and is more common (but still only occurs occasionally), in vascular treatments like thread vein removal.
- Changes in Skin Pigment – pigmentation discolouration scarring in the form of hyper-pigmentation (darkening of skin tone) and hypo-pigmentation (lightening of skin tone) are rare if laser hair removal is performed by an experienced laser consultant, and if the correct laser is used. Most laser clinics in Manchester will only have one laser or IPL specifically for laser hair removal. This means that whatever your skin or hair type you will get treated with the same machine. At Laser Chic we have 2 different lasers for laser hair removal alone (Alexandrite and Nd:YAG).