Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin Abbotsford BC
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Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin
Risks of Laser Hair Removal
What are the risks of laser hair removal?
Like any medical procedure, laser also can cause complications. The complications are more common when the procedure is done by individuals with little or no training. The most common complications of laser hair removal are:
- Bleeding. This is extremely rare but can occur
- Bruising. Rare but when it occurs it is usually transient and resolves rapidly
- Infection. Very rare but can occur.
- Skin darkening (hyperpigmentation). The skin can become dark in some cases, this is generally a temporary side effect but in some light skinned people, the darkening may be permanent. This may take nearly 4-6 months to resolve
- Skin lightening (hypopigmentation). This is more common than dark skin and is usually seen in individuals with dark skin. The skin discoloration may be permanent in some individuals
- Blistering. Sometimes blistering of the skin may occur within 12 hours after the procedure. The majority are small and disappear within a few days
- scarring. This rare complication may occur in dark skinned individuals. This usually occurs when the laser is used for a prolonged time on the skin
- skin texture. Soon after laser therapy, the skin appears rough and uneven, this transient complication usually resolves in a few weeks.
- Scabs and crusting. Sometimes the heat of the laser damages the skin and crusting is seen. once the crust and scabs fall off, the new skin is fresh and smooth
- Hair. After laser therapy hair growth can occur. The new hair is softer and smoother and can be easily removed with extra laser therapy
- Itching and numbness are also rare side effects and resolve within a few weeks
- Skin redness. It is common for all individuals to develop redness after the laser therapy; this is transient and resolves in a few days. A camouflage cream can be applied to hide the redness
- Failure to remove hair. This can occur in some cases. Despite what is reported, laser does not work for everyone
To avoid the complications, be realistic, well informed and read about the procedure. Go and see a health care professional who is experienced with lasers and hair removal. Understand the risks and benefits of the procedure before you get it done. Despite what is claimed, laser is not a permanent procedure. In all individuals, hair regrows within a period of 3-6 months
Dark Skin and Laser Hair Removal
Why Those With Dark Skin Are Not Ideal For Laser Hair RemovalAuthor: RJ Licata
Unfortunately laser hair removal is not for everyone. Not all people respond the same way to the treatments, and for some, painful side effects may occur. In particular people with darker skin tones are more likely to have difficulty seeing results and may experience reactions that could potentially be permanent.
The reason someone with dark skin should probably avoid laser hair removal is due to the way the treatment works. A small laser is shot into the hair follicle burning and destroying it so it will hopefully stop growing hair. When this works like it's supposed to, there are only very mild side effects such as redness and moderate discomfort during the procedure.
The laser is designed to go after darker pigmentation because in most circumstances the hair is darker than the skin. However, in situations where the patient has a dark skin tone, the laser sometimes can't tell the difference and as a result the skin surrounding the hair follicle can be burnt. When this happens, burning or blistering may occur, which is painful and can lead to permanent scars or discoloring of skin pigmentation.
For this reason those who are considering laser hair removal should seek the advice of a professional before undergoing treatments or performing them at home. There are alternative methods of hair removal that a physician may be able to recommend if they think your skin tone is too dark.
The same is also true for those who have light hair. Anytime there is a low contrast from skin tone to hair color the patient is more at risk for side effects. The ideal characteristics for a laser hair removal patient are light skin with dark, coarse hair follicles. This makes it easy for the laser to differentiate between hair and skin, limiting the chances of burning or scarring.
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About the Author:
RJ Licata is a freelance writer and internet marketer. More on RJ's current projects can be found at RJLicata.com.