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Is laser hair removal safe?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
11 doctors agree
In brief: Safe
Very safe for most skin types.
The darker your skin, the greater the risk with some laser devices. Check with your provider to see if their laser is a good fit for your skin type and hair type.

In brief: Safe
Very safe for most skin types.
The darker your skin, the greater the risk with some laser devices. Check with your provider to see if their laser is a good fit for your skin type and hair type.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is safe but there are risks with all procedures.
Depending on the skin color, there can be higher chances of blisters and post inflammatory darkening and lightening, which can be permanent, in darker skin with lower wavelength lasers. The longer wavelength lasers are safer but may be slightly less effective. One should not tan (ever) prior to the laser hair removal.

In brief: Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is safe but there are risks with all procedures.
Depending on the skin color, there can be higher chances of blisters and post inflammatory darkening and lightening, which can be permanent, in darker skin with lower wavelength lasers. The longer wavelength lasers are safer but may be slightly less effective. One should not tan (ever) prior to the laser hair removal.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. H. William Song
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Today's hair removal lasers are much safer and less painful than older lasers.
However, the risk of burning the skin is still the biggest concern. Darker skinned people are at greater risk of burns and discolorations. The experience of the person performing the procedure plays a crucial role in reducing risk and getting better results. If you go to a reputable clinic, the procedure is very safe.

In brief: Yes
Today's hair removal lasers are much safer and less painful than older lasers.
However, the risk of burning the skin is still the biggest concern. Darker skinned people are at greater risk of burns and discolorations. The experience of the person performing the procedure plays a crucial role in reducing risk and getting better results. If you go to a reputable clinic, the procedure is very safe.
Dr. H. William Song
Dr. H. William Song
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In the hands of an experienced doctor using the appropriate device and settings, laser hair removal is very safe.
While rare, the side effects of laser hair removal includes blistering, darkening of the skin, redness and pain. The key is to find the right experienced physician who will minimize these risks!

In brief: Yes
In the hands of an experienced doctor using the appropriate device and settings, laser hair removal is very safe.
While rare, the side effects of laser hair removal includes blistering, darkening of the skin, redness and pain. The key is to find the right experienced physician who will minimize these risks!
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures in the us.
It can be safely done on all skin types, tones and most body sections. Go to a qualified place, which has well trained staff and medical supervision on site. Most caucasion skin will have80-85% hair reduction & ethnic skin about 70%. It does not work as well on white, blond and red hair.

In brief: Yes
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures in the us.
It can be safely done on all skin types, tones and most body sections. Go to a qualified place, which has well trained staff and medical supervision on site. Most caucasion skin will have80-85% hair reduction & ethnic skin about 70%. It does not work as well on white, blond and red hair.
Dr. Seema Patel
Dr. Seema Patel
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, but
It is not be done during pregnancy pr while nursing.
It is also best to avoid tanning prior to laser treatment. Darker skin types must use l asses with higher wavelengths such as 1064.

In brief: Yes, but
It is not be done during pregnancy pr while nursing.
It is also best to avoid tanning prior to laser treatment. Darker skin types must use l asses with higher wavelengths such as 1064.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
In brief: Yes
It's important to be evaluated by a knowledgeable and experienced physician before having treatment to make sure you're a suitable candidate.
Also, the laser is only as safe as the individual operating the device--make sure they have a lot of experience. There are many complications which can occur including burning, permanent scarring and disfigurement if performed incorrectly.

In brief: Yes
It's important to be evaluated by a knowledgeable and experienced physician before having treatment to make sure you're a suitable candidate.
Also, the laser is only as safe as the individual operating the device--make sure they have a lot of experience. There are many complications which can occur including burning, permanent scarring and disfigurement if performed incorrectly.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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