A List of the Most Common Side Effects and Consequences of Laser Treatment You should Know About
Most of us have certain issues with the unwanted growth of hair, particularly in areas like the legs, the back, the chin, the face, and more. And whilst some common ways of getting rid of hair include waxing, plucking, and shaving, these can be quite time-consuming (and even painful). This is where laser hair removal treatment comes in. The procedure is relatively painless, and it’s quick and convenient as well. It allows you to target a specific area of hair growth without affecting the surrounding area, and it can even result in the permanent prevention of hair growth.
But, as with other beauty procedures and treatments, laser hair removal does not come without risks and side effects. Here’s a list of the most common side effects and consequences of laser hair removal treatment you should know about.
Whilst burns from laser hair removal are not that common, they can occur – especially if the technician or beautician performing the treatment is not well-trained or skilled. Unfortunately, there are no set regulations for technicians performing laser hair removal in the UK, so, in essence, virtually anyone can do it. In most instances, burns can be mild – but there have also been some cases where burns have been severe.
Hyper- or hypo-pigmentation
Two other consequences can occur with improper laser hair removal treatment: hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation is when the skin darkens after the procedure. This can happen because the laser stimulates the production of melanin, which creates a similar reaction to having a tan.
Hypo-pigmentation is when the skin lightens, and this can happen due to the skin’s absorption of light from the laser, which can inhibit the production of melanin. Both these conditions can be caused by improper frequencies used for the laser hair removal treatment – so again, it’s important that the technician performing the procedure has the proper experience and training.
Some ‘normal’ side effects and consequences
Although the aforementioned side effects are far from normal, there are some side effects which can be considered ‘normal’. These side effects and consequences include the itching of the area (which can be assuaged by moisturisers and creams), redness and swelling for a few days, and a particular numbness on the area which has been treated. Some people also experience a bit of pain after the procedure, which can also be accompanied by tingling.
What to do if the consequences are not ‘normal’
If you suffer from laser burns, prolonged redness and swelling, blisters, and other major side effects, you should visit a physician immediately. Let the salon or technician know and have them record it. Keep all the evidence you have, and take photos – you may be eligible for a claim for compensation later on.