What to expect
- Laser Hair Removal/Bleaching may involve risks or complications or injuries from both known and unknown causes. There may be other treatment options such as waxing, plucking, bleaching or electrolysis.
- A follow-up visit might be recommended by your doctor.
- Possible risks and complications associated with LHR or HB procedure include:
- Temporary reddening, burning, swelling, bruising or discoloration of the skin over the treated area
- Blistering, scarring, activation of cold sores, infection or permanent discoloration, which may occur in rare cases.
- Folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicle, which may take several days to resolve.
- Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), which is rare but may take several months to fully resolve.
- Crusting or blistering of the area exposed to the laser, which is rare and which may take several days to heal.
- Some re-growth of hair may occur after treatment sessions are complete
- After treatment, there can be redness and swelling of each hair follicle in the treated area, which may last up to 2 hours, or longer.
- A cooling method may apply after treatment to ensure your comfort.
- Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darker pigmentation).
- Use a sunblock (SPF 30+ or higher) at all times throughout treatment. Don’t forget to reapply it every two hours.
- Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or similar treatments (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing).
- 5-14 days after the treatment, shedding of the treated hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth. You can clean them with a cloth.
- After underarms are treated, you may wish to use a powder instead of a deodorant for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.