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Risks Of Laser Hair Removal

Aug 17, 2007
Hair removal is often only thought of as a cosmetic procedure. Nothing can go wrong, right? In reality, it is also considered a medical procedure. All medical procedures have some risks and dangers and side effects associated with them.

Side Effects

Laser hair removal is a very common procedure that millions of people have undertaken. It is safe to say that the risks are not deterring anyone anyway, but all potential candidates should make themselves aware of the risks.

Laser hair removal involves a light that uses special wavelengths to damage the hair follicles. Just enough damage is done to prevent or reduce the amount of hair that grows back. How the procedure works is the source of a common misunderstanding among many patients.

Not all such procedures offer true 100% permanent results, but few people know this very important fact. Permanent laser hair removal is the most sought after and yet, few laser machines offer permanent results.

The majority of the machines will only offer a reduction in hair growth. The procedure isn't known to be permanent though. Although permanent laser hair removal and a reduction in hair growth offer different results, the risks for each procedure are still the same.

The light used in the hair removal procedure targets the pigmented colors of the skin. Individuals seeking this treatment are encouraged to stay out of the sun. Having a tan or dark colored skin can make the procedure difficult or even impossible. Having dark skin will not medically put yourself at risk during the procedure, but you do run the risk of having the treatment not working.

There are also a number of medications that are not safe to use when having a laser hair removal treatment. If you are on any medication at all, it is absolutely necessary to let your doctor know before the treatment begins. There are some medications that can reduce the affects of the procedure. The real possible danger lies in the health risks associated with combining medications with the hair removal procedure.

Most patients who have done laser hair removal did not, in fact, feel any pain. Some Many may experience a small amount of pain, but it is often manageable. The amount of discomfort experienced during the procedure is noted by many patients to be similar to the feeling of someone poking you. However if you are having the treatment at sensitive areas such as the armpits and the groin region, pain is evitable. If you are concerned about the pain during or after the procedure, speak to your doctor about the possibilities of anesthesia.

The highest risks associated are laser marks or skin burns. These risks are very rare. The only reason why a patient should have skin burns or laser marks on their skin is if the hair removal procedure was not properly performed. This is why it is extremely important to know who you are dealing with when having your hair removed by a laser.

Knowing the risks for a medical procedure is never enough. You must take an active part in preparing for the treatment and caring for yourself during the period of your skin's recovery.
About the Author
Lesley is a frequent writer of women's related articles. Her website is on laser hair removal shares her experience in this area and helps others understand what the procedure is about and whether they are suitable for this procedure.
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