Sunday, February 17, 2008

What are the possible risks, side effects, and complications of laser hair removal?

The possibility exists that some side effects or complications can occur given various variables, including:

Itching, during treatment
Redness for up to 3 days
Swelling (around mouth of follicle) for up to 3 days
Pain, tingling, or feeling of numbness (cold spray)

Crusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)
Purpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areas
Temporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)

Side effects occur infrequently and, as a rule, generally are temporary. If any of the above last for more than 3 days, make sure to contact your technician and/or doctor. There is a possibility that settings were set too high and the technician needs to know in order to adjust on your following treatment.