Does Laser Hair Removal Have Side Effects?
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
Laser hair removal treatment has become very popular in Singapore in recent years for its significantly longer lasting results. However, like most treatments, there can be some serious side effects when it’s done improperly. Even when it is done properly, there would still be some minor side effects that last from a few hours to a few days.
Which when in comparison with the long lasting results, doesn’t seem too bad. However, to minimise your risks and the side effects, it is important to choose wisely when you select your treatment provider and make sure a consultation is scheduled to understand the treatment and your own skin and body type’s role in it.
What are the side effects?
To understand the side effects, we must first understand how the laser technic works. We know that the laser light is converted into heat when it penetrates into your skin, and that heat will locate the hair follicles and destroy them, once the follicles are destroyed, no hair will grow back out from the same follicles, hence preventing hair growth in the area for a certain period of time. So, the light turns into heat under your skin, does the light/heat just burn everything along with follicles?
No, the light or, converted heat, target your hair follicles by locating your hair pigment. Which is where the colors of your hair come from. If you had fair skin, the darker your hair color is, the better the results are. This is because the heat will have an easier time identifying the pigment from your skin. This also means that if you had dark skin with dark hair, it might be difficult for the heat to identify the hair pigment from your skin, and that could be very problematic.
So, with that in mind, a consultation is very important before you decide to try laser for the first time. While the temporary swelling and redness are considered normal after the treatment, you definitely don’t want any skin burn.
Other than the most common side effects, are there any other side effects?
Infection – It is important to keep the treated area clean before, during and after the treatment, otherwise you could end up getting an infection.
Crusting and scab – Due the treatment’s dry, heated nature, some skin types might experience some crusting and scabs around the area treated. Worry not, these side effects usually appear within the first few days after the treatment and will disappear within a few days.
Hyperpigmentation – This is a lot like a suntan, having the light shining on a certain spot could darkening the skin just like you’re likely to get a sun tan after being under the sun for a period of time.
Hypopigmentation – This is the opposite of hyperpigmentation, the laser light absorbed in your skin could sometimes destroy the pigment in your skin, leading to a lightening effect on the skin.
What can I do to minimise the risks of getting side effects of laser hair removal?
A lot of the side effects mentioned above can be minimised or avoid when you’re fully prepared for the treatment, consulted with your treatment provider in full detail, and last but not least, choose a certified, experienced and reputable treatment provider.
How to prepare for laser hair removal treatment?
Stay out of the sun – Avoid getting sun tan of any type and any level! You know, so the pigments don’t get messed up and get you burned instead.
Avoid plucking or waxing – These two treatments are likely to disturb the hair follicles and interfere with the laser procedure.
Take photos of the treatment area – Not that I’m asking you to share these photos on Instagram, but this could be a very helpful tool for assessments and reviews.
Book a consultation before you make a decision – This is possibly the most important thing you can do to prepare yourself for the laser treatment, get familiar with the treatment provider, the organisation that provides it, and get their opinion on your skin types when it comes to laser.
What to ask during the consultation?
Before the consultation, it is recommended that you get to know your treatment provider first
Do your homework and create a shortlist of laser hair removal treatment providers, read the reviews, ask around your friends and families, and look at the background of both the owners of the clinic and the people that would be providing the treatment. You could also look at if they have received local or international certification.
Review your medical history – Please bring along your medical history to discuss or ask your treatment provider to review it, this could also provide a chance for the treatment provider to get to know your skin types and assess your risks prior to the treatment.
Evaluate the service and treatment – Ask about their service and process, what kind of service and further treatment is immediately available if anything goes wrong.
With caution and proper preparation, you can effectively minimize the risks of side effects in laser hair removal, of course, it would be very helpful to choose a reputable and detailed oriented clinic or spa that cater all your needs and take care of all of these for you and provide you with all the information needed to get started. Ask around your friends and read online reviews to get started now![sgmb id=1]