One type of beauty treatment that has increasingly attracted a good number of clients is laser hair removal. In general, it is a safe and effective form of treatment for the permanent removal of hair, but only when – and we repeat – only when it is carried out by a skilled, experienced, and qualified technician who knows exactly what to do and how to perform the procedure in the proper way. If the procedure is improperly performed, there may be side effects and even serious injuries. Here’s what you should know about the top risks and side effects of laser hair removal.
The ‘minor’ side effects
Some side effects associated with laser hair removal can be expected. These side effects are considered ‘normal’ and they include swelling around the treated area for a few days; a painful or tingling sensation during the procedure; and itching or redness of the area for several days. The redness is a particularly common side effect and is often experienced by most individuals who go through the treatment. The redness can be easily treated with a cool compress.
There are also some side effects which can be considered temporary. This includes swelling of the area, which can last from several days to a few weeks. Another temporary side effect might be blistering of the skin, which is often caused by the use of a higher setting or frequency than is appropriate for your skin type. One temporary side effect with laser hair removal is hypo-pigmentation, although it is often only seen in people with darker skin.
The more serious risks and side effects
There are some risks and side effects that are considered more serious or severe, however. If you experience any of these, you should consult a medical professional. A very common side effect associated with laser hair removal is a burn injury. Burns from laser hair removal can range from minor to severe, and, depending on the type of burn you have, should be treated appropriately.
Another risk and side effect is scarring. This occurs if the laser used by the technician is on a higher setting that is not suited to your skin type. Scarring can also occur if you become injured and the affected area becomes infected, which can cause scar tissue to form.
You can also have an injury to the eyes whilst undergoing laser hair removal treatment. Your eyes should be properly protected during treatment; if not, your eyes can suffer from indirect or even direct injury from the laser.
If you have sustained an injury because of laser hair removal and you can prove that it was due to the negligence, lack of skill or training, or ignorance regarding the use of the proper equipment on the part of the technician, it is your right to seek compensation.
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