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Essential Things to Know About Laser Hair Removal
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Essential Things to Know About Laser Hair Removal
7/29/2022
Laser Hair Removal

If you're tired of traditional hair removal methods like shaving, laser hair removal may be for you. Laser hair treatments, which are provided by a dermatologist or another qualified and trained expert, work by preventing the follicles from growing new hairs. Laser hair removal is generally considered safe for the majority of people. The procedure is also not associated with any long-term side effects.

 

Even so, debates about the risks of laser hair removal abound. Although temporary and minor side effects may occur following the procedure, other side effects are uncommon. Aside from that, any claims about links to your long-term health are false.

Minor side effects are common 

Small, high-heat lasers are used in laser hair removal. Immediately following the procedure, the laser may cause temporary side effects. The most common side effects are skin irritation and pigmentation changes.

Redness and irritation 

Laser hair removal can cause temporary irritation. There may also be some redness and swelling in the treated area. Nonetheless, these effects are minor. They are frequently the same as the effects of other types of hair removal, such as waxing.

 

To reduce these side effects, your dermatologist may use a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure.

 

Overall discomfort should subside within a few hours of the procedure. To help reduce swelling and pain, apply ice packs. If your symptoms go beyond mild irritation or if your side effects worsen, visit a hair removal center and talk to a doctor. 

Pigmentation changes 

You may notice slightly darker or lighter skin after laser treatment. If you have fair skin, you are more likely to develop darker spots due to laser hair removal. On the other hand, people with dark skin may have lighter spots due to the procedure. These changes, like skin irritation, are usually transient and not cause for concern.

Severe side effects are rare 

Laser hair removal can occasionally cause more severe side effects. If you use at-home laser kits or seek treatment from a provider who isn't trained and certified, your risk increases.

 

Excessive hair growth in the treatment area, changes in overall skin texture, scarring, blisters, and skin crusting are all rare side effects of laser hair removal.

 

Consult your doctor about these side effects. Although they are extremely rare, it is still a good idea to be aware of them. If you experience any of these symptoms after laser hair removal, contact your doctor.

Laser hair removal and pregnancy 

This procedure is not advised during pregnancy. This is primarily because no human studies have demonstrated the safety of laser hair treatments during pregnancy.

 

You may require laser hair removal to remove excess hair that has grown during your pregnancy. Breasts and stomachs are common areas of increased hair growth. However, in most cases, these hairs fall out on their own, so if you wait until after your pregnancy is over, you may not need any medical treatments.

 

If you're pregnant and considering laser hair removal, postpone it until after the baby is born. To be safe, your doctor will most likely advise you to wait several weeks.

Can laser hair removal lead to cancer? 

It is a common misconception that laser hair removal causes cancer. In fact, the Skin Care Foundation reports that the procedure is sometimes used to treat certain types of precancerous lesions.

 

To treat sun damage and wrinkles, various lasers are used. Lasers used for hair removal or other skin procedures emit very little radiation. Furthermore, the minimal amount is only exacted on the skin's surface. As a result, they do not pose a cancer risk.

Can laser hair removal lead to infertility? 

Another myth is that laser hair removal can lead to infertility. The lasers only affect the skin's surface, so the minimal radiation from the procedure cannot reach any of your organs. If you're currently trying to conceive, talk to your doctor about the risks.

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