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Since ages women have been battling the most arduous task of evolution – Hair Removal! It is indeed a serious chore, a toil they need to undertake in most of their lifetime. With time nothing really changed for women. It is just that the hair removal methods evolved and became better, but not without a hefty price tag.

From finding best ways to remove hair from face, women indulge in shaving, tweezing and waxing to remove unwanted hair from other body parts. A permanent solution to this problem is yet to be found. It is probably why laser hair removal became so popular, promising near permanent results. Laser hair removal uses pulses of light to destroy hair follicles.

In fact a research in 2012 showed hair removal from laser to be third most popular nonsurgical aesthetic procedure after Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers. This sums-up to be a whopping 1.2 million treatment industry.
Does laser hair removal work? Is laser hair removal treatment safe? The treatment does come with its share of side effects and risk which most women tend to overlook. If the laser procedure goes wrong or is performed by untrained doctors you could end up getting severe burns in sensitive areas.

And that’s not all, there are more risks involved:  

Cost – One thing that you have to keep in mind is that laser hair removal treatment is expensive. You should be ready to take a very heavy financial commitment. So if you are being offered a price that is too real to be true, you should probably cross check the credibility of that center. The average cost of laser treatments in the United States is $429 per session. Depending upon the area of treatment, your cost and sessions for hair removal vary accordingly. Most people get permanent hair loss only after 4-7 sessions.

Laser Hair Removal Burns – The skin can get severely damaged if it absorbs laser light instead of hair follicle. It is important that you take laser hair removal sessions under expert doctors.

Using wrong laser – One of the biggest risks associated with this treatment is the use of wrong laser and wrong settings. In addition the laser needs to be suitable for different skin types. Same laser cannot be used for all skin types.

Changes in Skin Tone – Hyper pigmentation and hypo pigmentation are two side effects that can occur due to laser treatments. Hyper pigmentation causes the skin to darken due to overproduction of melanin. While hypo pigmentation causes the skin to lighten up due to pigment loss. This is direct result of melanin production getting suppressed due to laser light getting absorbed by the skin. No complications will arise if you use hair removal cream from trusted brands like Revitol.

Skin irritation – Once you are through with the laser treatment you can feel discomfort, redness and swelling.
These are temporary changes and mostly disappear within few hours.
Other side effects of include skin infections and Herpes simplex breakout in some cases. Once you get the treatment done, you’ll be asked to avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds, sun lamps or any other tanning equipment.

Few questions that you should check/confirm before getting a laser hair removal treatment:

  • Is the laser treatment centre owned by a medical doctor?
  • Is he/she trained and licensed to perform the procedure?
  • Did the provider review your medical history before starting with the procedure?
  • What procedures does the centre follow in case of any emergency?

Do confirm if the laser treatment administered on you is safe for your skin type, hair color, complexion and body area.
Inform the person performing laser treatment about any serious medical condition you have to avoid being vulnerable to any complications later.


Note:  All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.


Lisa Fletcher is a skincare blogger and loves to experiment with products with all-natural ingredients. She loves bringing up anything new and informative in this field. Her recent article on ” Avoiding Razor Bumps during Shaving“, may also help you guys to know the hair removal techniques better and opt for the better one.

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  1. Dr L K Desai

    Yes,

    since laser is a non-ionized form of energy, means that the energy level is too low to mutate cells & to destroy normal cells. It is not radiation. The treatment can only target the hair follicles. So it is very safe & painless & very cost effective. It also avoids the pigmentation & skin damage which generally occurs due to plucking, threading and waxing.

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