Are There Side Effects With Laser Hair Removal?

A great benefit of laser hair removal is that any side effects are minimal. It can be a little bit uncomfortable with a prickly feeling as the hairs are being zapped, but it doesn’t hurt.

Your skin may show signs of being irritated after a laser hair treatment. It can get red, swell, itch or tingle, but that’s normal and it usually goes away within a couple of hours like it does with other hair removal methods. Your skin pigmentation may also change – either going lighter or darker, but this too is usually only temporary. Your skin may also feel a bit delicate to the touch after a laser hair removal treatment and it will be more sensitive to light. You can treat this easily by making sure you cover the treated area with good sun protection.

There can be some rare side effects with laser hair removal which include blistering, crusting or scarring. These tend to happen when you go over an area of your skin more than once. This is why it’s advisable to have the treatment done by professionals in a clinic who are expert in avoiding these kinds of issues.

Usually though, most people recover very quickly from a laser hair removal treatment with little or no side effects and no complications. The recovery time is so short that many people fit sessions in in their lunch hours and get back to work with no problems.

Does It Cause Cancer?

The type of light used for laser hair removal cannot cause cancer. It is a form of concentrated light energy, that unlike other forms of radiation (e.g. X-rays), is not able to affect cells on a molecular level. It is a form of non-ionizing radiation which cannot cause molecules to break apart and so is unable to cause mutation in cells. X-rays on the other hand do have the ability to break apart molecules and so cause mutation in cells.

Does It Cause Infertility?

No, laser hair removal cannot cause infertility.

Laser hair removal cannot cause infertility because it is a surface treatment. It does not go deep enough into the body tissues to be able to reach organs such as the ovaries. The laser is tightly controlled to target the hair follicle which is only a few millimetres beneath the skin and it can’t pass through the abdominal wall which is thick and strong due to muscle. So you can have that bikini line treatment without any worries.

Additionally, the laser beam is made of light energy which is incapable of breaking molecules apart. This type of light cannot affect cells or DNA as it is not a type of ionizing radiation. It is ionizing radiation, such as X-rays which in being able to pass through the body can affect the molecular level of cells.

However, to be on the safe side, if you are trying for a baby or are pregnant, it is best to delay your laser hair treatment. We advise you have treatment when you have finished breastfeeding as there has not been enough research into the effects of laser hair removal during pregnancy.

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Laser hair removal is not painful, although there can be a little discomfort. This has been described as feeling as being like a rubber band being snapped against your skin, but it’s not painful.

Will Hair Grow Back After Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a form of long-term hair reduction. While it can result in the inhibition of hair growth, results won’t necessarily be permanent, and you may need an occasional maintenance session to keep on top of it. However, many people have found laser hair removal to be very successful, finding hair growth reduced by up to 80% and the hair that does grow is often thinner, slower and less noticeable.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe For The Face?

It is safe to use laser hair removal on women’s faces and it’s usually very successful. Women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often use laser hair removal as a great solution for this condition’s hirsutism and get great results. Laser hair removal also works very well for the treatment of the chin and upper lip as well.

However, laser hair removal is not suitable for men’s facial hair or for scalp hair as this is where the hair growth is too dense  and trying to use laser hair removal could result in burns. Apart from the genital area, all other areas of the body are suited to laser hair removal.

Using Laser Hair Removal For The Underarms

Using laser hair removal on the underarms is perfectly safe. You may find that it is a more sensitive area to treat as the skin is more delicate than on the legs. It may not be suitable for you if you have a contraceptive implant in your arm, so it is best to check with your doctor first.


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