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Laser Hair Removal - Risks and Benefits

By Hanna Nilson

Laser Hair Removal or Laser Hair Surgery can be a great solution for those looking to permanently remove excess or undesirable hair from practically anywhere on the body.

Some of the benefits of a Laser Hair Removal Surgery would obviously include an improved self image and level of confidence as well as a long-term and cheaper alternative to waxing. On the other hand, there are some risks which you may want to consider.

Short-term side effects of laser hair removal may include, but are not limited to swelling and redness, which typically subside in a few days. And, in some rare circumstances, or if the procedure is performed incorrectly, patients could suffer from a number of dangers. Some of these side effects include burns and/or change in skin tone.

One of the most common dangers associated with improperly performed laser hair removal procedures are burns, which may occur if the skin, rather than the hair follicle, absorbs the laser energy. It is extremely important to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for laser hair removal before undergoing treatment in order to minimize the risk of burns as well as other possible side effects.

Though rare, laser hair removal burns occur more frequently on patients with darker skin, as skin with darker pigment absorbs the laser more readily. While most instances of laser hair removal burns are mild, there have been a number of severe burn cases.

Secondly, there are also risks of changing skin color, other wise known as Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation. While these side effects might be less painful, it is no less upsetting. In this case, Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of skin that may occur after the laser hair removal treatment. The laser can oftentimes stimulate melanin production, creating a reaction that is similar to getting a suntan. Hypopigmentation, on the other hand, refers to the lightening of skin that can occur after a laser hair removal treatment. The absorption of laser light can, in some cases, inhibit melanin production, leading to a loss of pigment. Like hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation occurs more often in patients with darker skin. And, while hyperpigmentation is typically reversible, hypopigmentation is not.

In order to prevent such damages, check your local Laser Hair Surgery Directory for a credible specialist and arrange a consultation. During your laser hair removal consultation, be sure to ask about the doctor's credentials and training. The doctor should also be willing to thoroughly discuss the potential risks of laser hair removal with you to ensure that all your questions are answered. Also, you may want to do a little of your own research about Laser Hair Removal FAQ's.

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