Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
Expect Minor Side Effects
Laser hair removal treatments consist of a series of high intensity light impulses. During treatment, you may feel a tingling or prickling sensation due to light acting on the hair follicle beneath the skins surface. Your skin also reacts adding to the tingling feeling.
For most people, irritation should disappear within hours. You should have no lingering discomfort with laser hair removal.
Laser hair removers can cause temporary redness and/or swelling at the area after treatment. Any redness or swelling will disappear within hours of your treatment. Side effects will vary from person to person. Remember, your skin will be sensitive to direct sunlight after your laser treatment so be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen and of course avoid tanning booths.
After a laser treatment, you may see areas of your skin have become lighter or darker in color.
Just like redness, pigment changes are only temporary so don't be concerned if this happens to you.
Persistent Pain After Laser Hair Removal
If using your laser is causing too much discomfort or pain lasting after your treatment, there are two things you can do. First, try adjusting your laser to a lower intensity. This is the easiest and most successful way to decrease discomfort during and after use.
A lower setting will decrease the effectiveness of the laser and increase the number of treatments required for permanent hair removal. Work toward using the highest intensity you can without experiencing side effects.
Another option is to use a topical lidocaine anesthetic lotion or gel (available from your physician) to numb the area prior to the laser application. This allows the use of a higher intensity light pulse increasing the amount of hair removed and decreasing the number of treatments required for permanent hair removal.