Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

Laser hair removal is defined as a medical procedure and as such has some common side effects, rare symptoms and other complications that can arise from the treatment. If you are not willing to take the risk of lasers on your skin you can simply try electrolysis from a good company with a good reputation. Check out Electrolysis San Diego Yelp page to get more info about electrolysis or visit their website at

1. Common Side Effects

During the procedure, you can expect some discomfort as the skin surrounding the treatment area heats up. Cooling gels or specialized cooling equipment is used by qualified hair removal experts to minimize the discomfort and to prevent damaging the skin.

For a couple of days after the treatment, the skin will appear red, swollen and be mildly irritated (itchy and hot). These symptoms will disappear on their own but cooling lotions and anti-inflammatory ointments may be prescribed by a medical practitioner to treat the symptoms.

Individuals also need to be prepared for shedding after the treatment. Hair loss will occur for up to a month after treatment.

2. Rare Symptoms

In some cases, the skin will actually burn during the procedure resulting in blisters, scabs or crusts forming on the skin. This is mainly seen in people who have darker skin tones and is a result of the medical technician not adjusting the laser to the correct level for treatment. In some cases, scarring may result.

Hyper or hypo-pigmentation may also occur in some individuals. This is darkening or lightening of the skin in the treated area. Normally, the changes in pigmentation are not permanent and disappear within a few days or weeks of treatment. People with darker skin tones are more susceptible to hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin).

Areas of the skin that are tanned may turn a purple color after the procedure. It is best to avoid the sun for a period of 6 weeks before and after treatment. The purple coloring should dissipate in time.

Eye injuries are a rare side effect and occur only when not wearing protective eye gear during the procedure. Both the treatment specialist and patient need to wear protective glasses. Laser hair removal is not recommended for any area near or surrounding the eyes.

3. Complications

In very rare instances, infection can occur in the treated area. Ensuring that the procedure is performed in a sterile environment and that the treatment area is clean will prevent infection from occurring. It is especially important to clean and sterilize any burns, blisters or scabs that may have resulted from the treatment. Infection can be treated with antibiotics and anti-bacterial creams.