What to Expect
Typical reactions to laser hair removal are reddened or swollen skin, or a feeling similar to sunburn. This subsides within several hours. It is rare for side effects stronger than this to occur, particularly when treatments are performed by a trained professional. Changes in pigmentation are possible, though temporary. Sometimes blistering or skin crusting can occur, usually if there is sun exposure too early following treatment. There is also the potential for scarring in patients who scar easily. These more serious side effects are more common with in-home laser hair removal kits. With a trained professional, most patients experience minimal side effects, no downtime, and are able to immediately return to an active schedule.