Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

May 16

Dermatologists and hair removal specialists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and efficiently. Laser hair removal is among the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. Those who are tired of having to shave, wax, or pluck regularly or simply do not have the time to devote to removing unwanted hair opt to have laser treatments.

The process works by using an intense beam of light directed at the hair follicles. The heat produced is absorbed by the pigment in the hair roots, which is called melanin pigment. The laser weakens and  causes damage to the hair follicle. Each treatment weakens the follicle, until the hair follicle can no longer sustain hair growth. Darker hair, which has a higher amount of melanin, absorbs more light. The more light that is absorbed, the more effective the hair removal treatment. Laser treatment is less effective on light hair since it has very little melanin to absorb the light.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there may be associated risks with laser hair removal. This includes the potential damage to the surrounding skin if not done properly. The other effects include skin irritation, mild pain, redness, discoloration, and swelling. Since laser is absorbed by melanin, there is a higher risk of damage on darker skinned individuals. The majority of cases where damage occurs is where laser hair removal performed by an unqualified or inexperienced technician.

The good news is that there are newer laser therapy options that offer more focused light, thus safer even for those with darker skin. The risks dramatically decrease when the treatment is done by a qualified laser hair removal specialist who has properly assessed your situation.

Laser hair removal is absolutely safe when performed correctly by a certified and experienced laser hair removal technician. Make certain that the clinic features the latest hair removal machines and those with licensed professionals specifically trained to carry out the procedure. Have the professional determine the best treatment for your skin and hair colour.

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