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What are the side effects of laser hair removal?

What are the side effects of laser hair removal?

Skin reactions: The main side effect of laser hair removal is the effect on the skin from the laser. There is heat generated from the laser to kill the hair follicle and the surrounding skin may have some heat rash, blisters, scarring, or pigmentation. If the laser is set correctly you will have permanent hair removal with only a small and short lived local reaction. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Strimling
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Hair Removal (Definition)

Hair removal is either temporary, like tweezing, waxing or shaving, or permanent, in which the follicles are destroyed by electrolysis or a laser/light system. Very popular these days to reduce the density of hair in an area by laser hair removal. It needs to be repeated in a series to affect as many follicles as ...Read more


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Any permanent side effects of laser hair removal?

Pigment change, scar: Complications include redness, a change in the pigmentation of the skin, either lighter or darker, and scarring. Redness and darkening of the skin are usually temporary. Lightening of the skin may also recover. Patients with a tan and darker skin types are at more risk. See an experienced dermatologist or aesthetic physician in order to minimize risk of complications. ...Read more

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Is laser hair removal permanent? Are there any side effects?

Is laser hair removal permanent? Are there any side effects?

Hair removal safe: Laser hair removal is safe, if performed by an experienced professional. It is permanent but can take multiple sessions since it only works for hairs in the growing phase. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of laser hair removal that can look badly?

What are the side effects of laser hair removal that can look badly?

Typically, none.: Usually there are no long-term changes to the skin, other than less hair. Because there is some uncertainty in selecting the optimal dose of laser energy for each individual, there is a small chance (1% or less) of burns or pigment changes in the skin. These usually heal and improve with time, but they can rarely result in scarring or permanent pigment changes. ...Read more

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Will side effects of laser hair removal go away or is the skin permanently changed?

Will side effects of laser hair removal go away or is the skin permanently changed?

Pigment change, scar: Complications include redness, a change in the pigmentation of the skin, either lighter or darker, and scarring. Redness and darkening of the skin are usually temporary. Lightening of the skin may also recover. Patients with a tan and darker skin types are at more risk. See an experienced dermatologist or aesthetic physician in order to minimize risk of complications. ...Read more

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What are the skin changes / side effects of laser hair removal?

What are the skin changes / side effects of laser hair removal?

Few: If done correctly, laser hair removal is safe and effective, with few skin changes. Blistering and pigmentary changes can occasionally occur. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and side effects of laser hair removal in bikini zone?

Laser hair removal: In any area does not utilize ionizing radiation, and the laser energy penetrates only a mm or two, so there is never any risk of deeper tissue damage or concern. If performed properly, the hair is gone. Side effects can be redness, blistering, inflammation, folliculitis, etc. Infection or scarring are rare. Skin in this area is tender, so treatment parameters and intensity needs experienced care. ...Read more

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Is a whole body laser hair removal surgery safe? Are there any side effects? Does it effect sensations in private area*?

Is a whole body laser hair removal surgery safe? Are there any side effects? Does it effect sensations in private area*?

Generally safe: Laser hair reduction is generally safe but there are risks involved. Make certain that you are going to a center that is physician supervised to avoid complications. When done correctly, there are no long term side effects. ...Read more

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Is the usage for over-the-counter numbing creams for home laser hair removal bad? What are the side effects of numbing creams? Can you recommend any?

Not recommended: Topical numbing creams are prescription only. The reason for this is that the numbing agents can be absorbed into the blood stream and cause toxicity and even death. This is more likely to happen when larger areas are treated. It is best to use numbing creams with the guidance of a doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any long term side-effects to laser hair removal? (other than the promise of no more waxing?!) :) cancer/tumour etc?

Actually, no.: Since laser hair removal uses non-ionizing energy, there is no cancer-inducing radiation, and the actual laser light penetrates no more than a couple of millimeters at hair removal wavelengths. Multiple sessions are necessary since hair follicles are susceptible only in specific growth phases. Hair and a few sebaceous glands are gone, but no problem unless too much energy=burn or blister. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Laser Hair Removal (Definition)

Laser hair removal is technique for reducing the thickness and number of hairs on the skin, by heating the hair follicles with a laser. The greater the color contrast between the hair and the skin, the more effect the treatments. A series of treatments is usually necessary to ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more