The demand for intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal and laser hair removal treatments are at an all-time high. This is not surprising, considering that traditional hair removal via electrolysis and waxing is painful and expensive. Light-based hair removal permanently reduces unwanted facial and body hair, in fewer treatments and with more comfort than is possible with traditional procedures.
It's no secret that, today, being hair-free is aesthetically ideal for both men and women. People spend lots of time and effort seeking the best way to achieve long-lasting hairless results. But it's difficult when new hair removal methods are always surfacing, and you have no idea which one will work best for you, or will provide you with the results you're looking for.
Highly targeted pulsed-light or laser technology destroys the structures that grow new hair.
Laser Hair Removal, one of today's most popular methods of unwanted hair removal, is, like any other hair removal method, not without its risks. Although it has proven very effective and safe for the majority of patients, laser hair removal can't guarantee success for all skin and hair types. A patient's individual skin conditions, hair density, skin color, as well as the type of laser being used for treatment can all have an effect on the final results. The side effects most often experienced by laser hair removal patients are minor and quite temporary. However, there are rare cases where more serious side effects can occur. By informing yourself of these side effects and their possible causes, you can decrease the chances of experiencing them during treatment.
Patients most often report experiencing these minor side effects during or following laser hair removal treatments:
The best candidates for laser hair removal typically have fair skin and dark hair. Hair lasers are attracted to hair with a greater concentration of melanin pigments, like brown or black hair. Additionally, lasers can more effectively find and focus their energy on eliminating these dark hair pigments when the surrounding skin has little to no melanin in it, like with fair skin. When a patient has dark skin and/or light hair, it becomes more difficult for the laser to target hair follicles for treatment.