Laser hair removal has become a very popular way to get rid of unwanted hair on certain areas of the body in a semi-permanent way; the beauty industry has seen a large surge in the past decades, and it’s not just women to whom this growth is attributed. More and more men are becoming conscious of their appearance, and it seems the clientele is getting younger as well – the demographic is changing.
Whilst laser hair removal is generally safe when it’s performed by a qualified beautician, the procedure certainly isn’t without risk, and along with the growth of the industry, we observe an increase in personal injury claims. Here are the top side effects of laser hair removal you should know about.
How laser treatment works
A laser works on the principle of bundled light, which generates heat. In essence, these rays burn part of your body in order to make the cells die off. To be specific, by undergoing laser treatment, you agree for certain parts of your body to be burned (to a slight degree) to achieve the desired result.
Normal side effects
With every treatment, certain side effects are expected – your beautician should inform you of these. Some of the most common (and generally short-term, harmless) ones are:
- Some pain, tingling, or numbness around the treated area
- Redness at the specific area for up to three days after treatment
- Swelling around the mouth or the treated follicles for a few days
When things go wrong
Things don’t always go according to plan, however, and when things go wrong, it’s important for you to understand what the symptoms are. When you notice any of the following, make sure to consult your personal medical professional:
- Scarring – burns can go deeper than expected, and when there are third degree burns, laser hair removal scars develop after healing. This can lead to psychological distress, especially when the scars are on the face or other visible areas.
- Infections – when the skin’s epidermis is damaged, a wound develops. This can lead to infections and other complications.
- Eye damage – retina or other eye-related burning can cause permanent eye damage.
It’s very important that you are selective when choosing your beauty salon and beautician or technician; unfortunately, the industry is still largely unregulated, which means most anyone can become a beautician without the proper training or qualifications. Your beautician should give you sound advice and explain to you the various risks involved. If something goes wrong and you are a victim of personal injury through no fault of your own, immediately seek medical help and never be afraid to approach a solicitor for a personal injury claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.