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 heat acting on the hair follicle beneath the skins surface. Your skin also reacts to the laser adding to the tingling feeling.
For most people, irritation should disappear within hours. You should have no lingering discomfort with laser hair removal.
Using a laser hair remover can cause temporary redness and/or swelling at the area just after treatment. You can expect any redness and swelling to disappear within hours of your treatment. As with all procedures, the side effects experienced will vary from person to person but for most users, they are able to return to their normal routine immediately after each treatment. 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. If your skin is lighter in color, you may notice darker areas. If you have dark skin, you may notice lighter spots after treatment.
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 you find that 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 level. This is the easiest and most successful way to decrease discomfort during and after use. A lower setting will also 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. A topical anesthetic will only reduce the discomfort during treatment.
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