Is Laser Hair Removal Safe For My Skin?

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There are many misconceptions about the safety of laser hair removal treatments, like they scar your skin or can cause skin cancer. Actually, for the vast majority of patients, laser hair removal is safe and effective with little to no risk for side effects or long-term effects.

At Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa in Sharpsburg, GA, we use one of the latest, most advanced laser hair removal platforms available. The Lutronic Clarity II™ laser hair removal system offers versatility, faster results, and excellent safety to help give you cleaner, smoother, virtually hair-free skin.

So, is laser hair removal safe for your skin? The short answer: for most people, yes, laser hair removal is safe. Read on to find out how laser hair removal works and why it is a safe, effective treatment to achieve the soft, smooth skin you want.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal doesn’t burn off the hairs or anything that drastic. Instead, laser hair removal works on the principle of photothermolysis. This simply means that the laser light energy is absorbed by the hair, causing the follicle to heat up and be destroyed without damaging the surrounding skin. This causes the hair to fall out and, in most cases, not grow back.

Does laser hair removal cause scarring?

The risk for scarring with laser hair removal treatment is very small. Though rare, scarring can occur if the practitioner is inexperienced and makes an error during treatment. Scarring can also occur if the treatment area is not properly prepped for the procedure or the aftercare instructions are not followed. In short, if performed by seasoned practitioners, like our team at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa in Sharpsburg, GA, laser hair removal treatments can be very safe and effective with little to no risk for scarring.

Does laser hair removal cause cancer?

There is currently no available research that conclusively links laser hair removal or other laser treatments to skin cancer. Both the Skin Cancer Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have stated that laser hair removal uses non-ionizing radiation (light energy) and poses no increased risk of skin cancer. In fact, various medical laser procedures are used to treat skin cancers and prevent their progression.

The laser light used in a laser hair removal treatment is a form of non-ionizing radiation. This includes light energy, microwaves, radiofrequency energy, infrared light, and others. Non-ionizing radiation does not penetrate your body, nor has it been shown to cause any type of cancer.

Risks associated with laser hair removal

The actual risks associated with laser hair removal are small and can include redness and irritation (like a sunburn), crusting or scabbing, minor changes in skin color, infection, or eye injury. All of these are temporary or easily avoidable when the procedure is performed by experienced practitioners.

Get softer, smoother skin today

If you’re ready to ditch the razors and not have to experience the pain of waxing, laser hair removal is a safe, effective way to get rid of unwanted body hair. With the cutting-edge Lutronic Clarity II laser hair removal platform, you can get softer, clearer, virtually hair-free skin. Contact Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa in Sharpsburg, GA to learn more and schedule an appointment. Say goodbye to razors and waxing, and hello to soft, smooth skin with a laser hair removal treatment today.

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