Laser hair removal offers a permanent method of hair removal, and soft smooth skin that looks as though it's never been hairy. It's quite compelling.
However, laser hair removal is not without potential problems and complications. First of all, it's expensive. Salon treatment can run into thousands of dollars for treating a relatively small area. Home treatment involves spending hundreds of dollars on a device. (And these devices are not as powerful as the salon machines.)
And laser hair removal is not for everyone. People with darker skins (Asian or Afro Caribbean) should not consider laser hair removal without specialist dermatologist advice. Those with fair or red hair will not see the effects that those with pale skin and dark hair can expect. People suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) should not consider laser hair removal either.
Assuming you have taken advice and are a suitable candidate, and have carefully selected someone to perform the procedure, there are some other problems that may result from undertaking laser hair removal.
Here are some of the problems associated with laser hair removal:
Skin burns or blistering: If the laser treatment is too strong for your skin, it can easily cause burns. These burns can be painful and cause scarring. If this is the case, you certainly need to inform the person treating you, and it may also be wise to seek a second opinion from a professional dermatologist.
Hyperpigmentation after IPL: Skin can darken and change color as a result of laser hair removal. This can be treated with specialist hyperpigmenation products, but can last weeks or months until it is resolved.
Itching, swelling and redness: Skin can become more sensitive and sore after IPL treatment. If this is the case and the swelling lasts for more than 3 days or is at a level that raises concern, consult a dermatologist before continuing treatment.
The pain of the treatment itself: Laser hair removal is not painless. It should not be unbearably painful, but it's not pain free. If it is excruciating, speak to a skin expert before continuing treatment.
Permanent damage to hair follicles: Laser hair removal actively attempts to disable and destroy hair follicles. So, if you are not sure you want your hair permanently removed, don't proceed with the treatment!
Once you have been treated, be sure to stay out of the sun for at least a month after treatment and monitor any side effects you may see carefully. If you are at all unsure that things are not as they should be, do not hesitate in taking expert advice.