Laser Hair Removal Danger. Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?
The vast majority of people who get laser hair removal treatments love the results and experience only mild, temporary side effects. However, as with all cosmetic procedures, there is a danger of permanent complications. Though quite rare, some permanent conditions that can occur as a result of the treatment include:
1. Scarring – As with any trauma to the skin, scarring can result. However, there are ways to minimize this risk by taking steps before and after your treatment. Your technician will review the details with you.
2. Lightening of Skin Pigment in Treated Area – This usually happens when an unskilled practitioner uses the wrong laser and/or the wrong setting for your procedure.
3. Permanent Epidermal Damage – This remote possibility is still worth considering carefully before you decide to move forward. Since it can happen, albeit unlikely, you will want to decide whether it is a risk you are willing to take in exchange for the convenience of permanent hair removal.
The best way to prevent irreversible damage is to thoroughly screen your practitioner before choosing one to trust with your health. Gather referrals from friends who have been a patient in the past, and go online to one of the many service evaluation websites for a general sense of success levels and client satisfaction. Check with the relevant licensing board for complaints, as well as the local chapter of consumer advocacy groups like the Better Business Bureau.
Sloppy work leads to serious complications for you, so stay away from anyone that is too busy to give you undivided attention. Avoid technicians that are too rushed to take a complete medical history, and if they don’t have time to answer all of your questions, find another option. Make sure that your practitioner puts your health and welfare first priority as soon as you step into the office.
Finally, be sure you do everything you can on your end to ensure an excellent outcome. Read the pre-procedure instructions carefully, ask questions about anything you don’t understand, and follow all of the directions to the letter.
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