Complications that can occur with laser hair removal
As with any laser treatment, complications can occur with laser hair removal. Both the technician and the client must be aware that they may occur and be able to identify them and treat them appropriately.
With laser hair removal, redness and swelling of the hair follicle, known medically as erythema and perifollicular edema, are “normal” occurrences seen with some laser hair removal procedures. On occasion, discomfort can occur with laser hair removal but this is usually only mild.
Should a client experience excessive pain during the procedure, this should be brought to the laser technician’s attention. Whilst the laser cannot burn the skin if a client has followed our shaving protocol and sunbathing regulations correctly, skin recently treated by a laser is sensitive and needs gentle care. It is possible that chafing, picking or rubbing a recently lasered area can cause sore, reddened or broken skin, so it is imperative that a client follows our sensible after-care advice.
Clients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure for at least four days prior, and one week following all laser hair removal procedures.
Although rare, blisters and burns can occur and on occasion, will lead to either too much or too little pigment remaining in the skin – conditions known as hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. These conditions are not permanent but can take some time to normalise.
All clients should be aware of the risks prior to undertaking laser hair removal procedures. Our experienced technicians are well versed in handling any complications, but if clients follow our easy guidelines, there are minimal risks associated with laser hair removal at Bare.