The Common and Rare Side Effects Laser Hair Removal

The Common and Rare Side Effects Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal side effects are common concerns by those who are thinking of going for a laser hair removal treatment. However, often these side effects of laser hair removal are overblown, and while there are some potential side effects to consider, today’s laser hair removal procedures are safe and almost risk free, when done correctly by a professional. Below you will find a list of the most common and some rather rare laser hair removal side effects.

Common Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal


It is very much normal to have itching while having the treatment in the following few days.


Most probably your skin will be red for some days after the conducting the laser hair removal session.


It is highly likely that there will be some swelling around hair follicle afterwards.

Ache and Numbness

Ache and numbness near the area treated are the commonest side effects.

These side effects can be somewhat relieved by putting some Aloe Vera on the skin to help decrease irritation. Typically, these side effects will last no more than three days; if they do, you should contact your technician or doctor to find out what may be causing the delay.

Rare Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

  • Crusting and development of scabs may appear on the treated part by the laser. They appear in first few days and should disappear shortly after.
  • On sensitive skin, mild bruising can occur.
  • A very rare side effect is purple coloring of the skin on tanned areas. If you tanned prior to going for laser hair removal, you may experience this side effect. Therefore, it is advised to avoid tanning before going for a laser hair removal treatment.
  • One rather rare but significant side effect is infection. You are essentially wounding the skin during the treatment and if you do not keep your skin clean after the procedure, you could end up getting an infection. If you get an infection, talk to your doctor immediately.
  • Lastly, you may also experience a change in the pigment of your skin around the treated area. This is only temporary and is a very rare.

In all, a very small ratio experiences significant laser hair removal side effects. If you experience any of them, don’t be shy and talk to your doctor on immediate basis. They may have set the laser too high for your skin and if they know about your problems, they can definitely adjust settings for the next treatment.


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