Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to an age-old problem - unwanted hair. But as with any procedure, there can be side effects. Whether you're new to laser hair removal or you've been undergoing it for years, these tips should help you to avoid laser hair removal side effects.
Know what side effects to expect. Recovery from laser hair removal varies for everyone. Some people have a pain-free recovery with no issues. Others experience a vast majority of side effects, many of which they weren't informed about. If you've got a laser hair removal procedure scheduled, you should be aware of the following side effects:
- tightening of the skin
- darkening of the skin
- change in color of beauty spots (moles)
Most often, these side effects occur with people who are more at risk of skin problems, including those with sensitive skin. As well, side effects are generally greater when the treatment is done by an inexperienced person.
Do your research first. The best way to avoid laser hair removal side effects is to fully educate yourself. Make sure that you find out all the information you need to know about both the procedure and the clinic before you agree to have laser hair removal done. The clinic should come well-recommended and have few incidences (if any) of problems after the procedure. Ensure that they have the proper licensing and accreditation in order to perform the procedure. As well, search out a laser hair removal professional that can do the job properly for you. You may end up paying a bit more for the services of a properly-trained laser hair removal technician, but it's worth it if you can avoid annoying any painful side effects from the procedure.
Make sure the clinic makes exceptions for your skin type. A good laser hair removal clinic will take your skin type into account when they are preparing to do laser hair removal on you. Ask your technician what modifications are made because of your skin type. Especially if you have sensitive skin, your technician will need to know so that slight alterations can be made to the laser hair removal procedure. You can't be too proactive in your approach to getting laser hair removal, so make sure tests are done on your skin prior to going under the laser. And if it saves you the hassle of side effects, then it's absolutely worth the time it takes to ensure that your skin will be treated well.
Use anti-viral medication. After your laser hair removal, you can lessen your chances of getting side effects like blisters by using an anti-viral or anti-bacterial medication. This is especially important to use on your upper lip, as it is most prone to infection.
Avoid certain harmful medications. For a few months after your laser hair removal procedure, you will need to avoid using certain medications that can have very harmful side effects. Acne medication such as Accutane or tetracycline can severely irritate the skin where you've had your laser hair removal. Be sure to talk to your doctor or technician for a complete list of products and medications that you need to stay away from in order to help you avoid side effects after laser hair removal.