What are the Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?



Laser hair removal is a very effective and almost a permanent method to remove unwanted hair. In such a treatment, laser light is emitted and targeted towards your hair pigment, which actually slows down the rate at which the hair grow backs. In most cases, the hair grows thin and fine. This goes in opposition to hair growth and thus the hair growth gets reduced considerably. But everything is not perfect with laser hair removal. It is often advertised that with laser hair removal, you will get smooth skin within one usage, but that is not true. For smooth and hair-free skin, you might require multiple laser hair removal sittings, at least 6 to 8 sittings in most cases. Also, laser hair removal might involve many other side effects. Let’s have a look at some of the most common side effects of laser hair removal:

Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal

What are the Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal?

  • Inflamed and irritated skin: This is a very side effect of laser hair removal procedure. You can get red, bumpy skin and slight irritation and discomfort right after the procedure. Though cooling gel and soothing ointments take care of inflammation and irritation to a great extent. Inflammation can last up to a few hours to a maximum of one day, but if you witness the same for 2-3 days, then you must visit the laser hair clinic once again.
  • Skin darkening: Laser hair removal might darken or lighten your skin. This is mostly observed in people who expose themselves to direct sunlight without any proper sun protection after the laser treatment. This side effect is also observed in people who have darker skin. In any case, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must immediately after laser hair treatment and the following days.
  • Changes in the texture of skin: This is a rare side effect, but sometimes, you can also witness your skin getting hard or rough and this is because excessive heat on your skin. If you observe such symptoms, you should get in touch with your laser clinic or visit your doctor immediately.
  • Greying of Hair: Sometimes greying of treated hair is also observed.
  • Hair growth – Excessive hair growth can also be a side effect of laser treatment. This is observed mostly around the area where laser treatment has been done.
  • Eye Infection – Laser treatment is not recommended on areas surrounding the eyes, especially, eyelids, near the temples, eyebrows, etc. Even though protective eye gear is provided by the laser technician, exposure even in a minor way can lead to serious injury and even permanent eye damage.
  • Skin Infection – In some cases, laser treatment can also cause skin infections. Since laser energy targets hair follicles, skin infection can occur if proper after-care is not taken after the laser treatment. Don’t apply any skin cream or self treat with over-the-counter ointments if you see any rash or wound. Consult your doctor immediately.
  • Purple discoloration: In certain rare caes, you might also witness purple coloring of your skin. This usually happens when laser treatment is done on areas which is tanned through regular sun exposure.


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