Excessive hair growth and hair at unwanted places of the body has always been an issue for both men and women. We spend a significant amount of time and money to remove hair from our arms and legs and different body parts. The traditional methods of hair removal like shaving, waxing, tweezing, depilatories and electrolysis are time-consuming, leave alone the nicks and cuts it causes as well as are expensive in the long run. However, in the recent years, IPL laser hair removal has become a popular option for removing unwanted hair. In fact, it is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures to treat unwanted hair growth.
This treatment procedure uses IPL machine for hair removal shooting a beam of intense pulsed light at the roots of the hair where melanin absorbs it and converts it into heat damaging the roots thereby reducing the hair growth. However, an average of 3-6 treatment sessions with an average waits time of 3 to 8 weeks in between sessions can cause a permanent cessation of growth. The more pigment in the hair follicles, the more effective the treatment will be. The hair removal procedure with IPL laser machine is relatively painless without any side effects, however, some may notice temporary and minor side effects and severe side effects are rare. These are usually localised in the treatment area.
Minor Side Effects
As IPL laser works by using small, high-frequency intense pulses of light causing temporary side effects immediately after the treatment session skin irritation and pigment changes are the most common side effects.
- Redness and Irritation – hair removal with IPL laser machine can cause temporary irritation and slight redness and swelling are also noticeable in the treated area. These effects are minor and dissipate with 24 hours and they are often the same you might notice after waxing. The technician often applies a soothing gel before the procedure to minimise the chances of these side effects.
- Pigmentation Changes – After the treatment session, slight skin changes may be noticed it could be lighter or darker. If you light skin tone, you are more likely to have dark spots, on the other hand, people will darker skin tone have lighter spots from the procedure. These skin changes are temporary and usually not a cause for concern.
Rare Severe Side Effects
The severe side effects are rare, however, the risk increases if you use in-home kits or you seek treatment from a provider who is not trained or certified. Rare side effects of IPL laser hair removal include:
- Excessive hair growth in the treatment area which is often mistaken to be hair shedding after the procedure.
- Overall skin texture changes which are a result if your skin is tanned. So, it is essential that you avoid sun exposure before, in-between and after the treatment sessions as it increases the risk of skin changes and even burning.
- Scarring is most common in people who have tanned skin or people with sensitive skin.
- Blistering and skin crusting is caused when people immediately after the treatment session have sun exposure. So, it is better that you avoid the sun and if you have to go out wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more and cover the treated area.
IPL laser hair removal is not recommended for areas near the eyes and eyelids, due to the possibility of severe eye injury.
The above-mentioned are some of the side effects that are extremely uncommon, but it’s still a good idea to be aware of.