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Are Laser Hair Removal Safe?

March 7, 2017

For people who find discomfort in tweezing, shaving or waxing, the non-invasive, non-surgical laser hair removal just might be their best option. This procedure is known to be one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedure in the U.S. The average price for laser hair removal cost about a little less than $300, depending on the area being treated.

Just like all other laser treatments, there is always an element of risk. Since it is one of the most sought-after hair removal method, laser hair removal is now performed not just in medical offices, but also in medi-spas and salons. Laser hair removal is best performed by a dermatologist or an experienced and well trained clinician to ensure safety as it beams highly concentrated light into the hair follicles to destroy the hair. Lasers are unparalleled in removing hair from the arm, face, legs, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. It selectively targets dark, coarse hair while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. It takes lesser time to get the work done compared to the excruciating time during waxing or plucking sessions.

Generally though, even with the technician using the best setting and preparation for your skin, there is still a risk of crusting, scarring, burning, hypo or hyper-pigmentation, blistering, or sometimes the skin gets lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, or damage tattoos in the area. In some cases, some hair could be resistant to laser treatment even after 7 or more sessions. The best way to avoid these side effects is to have a small area tested prior to treatment. Proper care and precautions should be practiced before and after each procedure. Safety is our main concern, so it is best to choose a credible medical institution to give the best possible care for your skin.

As to questions of the procedure’s ability to cause cancer, extensive research are still being conducted. For now, all is going well. According to a gynecologic oncologist from Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Konstantin Zakashansky, “The light used does not penetrate beyond the hair follicle, and internal organs are in no way affected, nor is fertility.” Therefore, the risk of having redness, irritation or swelling after each procedure are usually temporary and they typically disappear within several hours. What is obviously left to have a lasting impact is its ability to put you through an unexpected financial commitment. But for some women, this price is worth in exchange for a smooth, hairless skin.

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