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Possible Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal


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Laser hair removal in Vancouver is on a rise as more people are opting for this safe, fast and permanent solution to removal of unwanted hair. But like every other beneficial technique, laser hair removal too has its potential risks and side effects, even though very few, almost negligible.

Some of the common side effects of laser hair removal include;

• The area here the procedure is being carried out can pain before as well as after the procedure. During the process of hair removal, the pain is usually alleviated by administration of anesthesia. After the effect of anesthesia subsides, discomfort and pain maybe experienced. Usually in order to help alleviate the pain after the treatment, pain killers are prescribed.

• Swelling and redness of the area is also observed, which lasts usually for a day or two after the procedure.

• One of the most common side effects of laser hair removal is burns. This usually happens due to improper treatment wherein the skin absorbs the laser energy instead of the hair follicle. According to studies, skin burns due to laser hair removal are common in dark colored skins than lighter toned skins. This is due to the fact that darker pigment skins absorb laser more easily. Instances of laser burns are usually mild and very few are faced with severe cases of burns.

• Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation are the two other common side effects of laser hair removal. Even though painless, they are very noticeable Hyperpigmentation relates to stimulation of melanin due to the laser treatment. On the other hand in hypopigmentation the laser inhibits the production of melanin thus making the skin lighter. Darker skinned individuals are more prone to both these conditions. Even though hyperpigmentation is a reversible condition, hypopigmentation cannot be reversed.

• One of the most painful side effects of laser hair removal is blistering. It is very painful but usually subsides in a few days, but there is no cure for this condition.

• Body hair plays a major role in protecting the body from outside elements such as bacteria. The sebaceous glands are kept clear of the bacteria by the body hair which in turn helps to avoid acne. When these hairs are removed using laser hair removal, it leads to acne as bacteria start accumulating in areas without hair. A person may experience growth of acne in never imagined places such as back, genitals and underarms, all places treated by laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal in Vancouver maybe gaining much popularity but the patients must also be informed about the possible side effects of this treatment. Before undergoing the treatment, it is advisable for patients to first consult a doctor or a dermatologist and then go ahead with the treatment. Even though side effects of a laser treatment are very less and most go away in a few days, it is best to first evaluate the circumstances and then opt for this treatment.

Author has been writing health articles for a decade and is an expert in Laser Hair Removal Vancouver and Facial Treatment Clinic in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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