Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
Laser hair removal can cause temporary irritation, scabbing, changes in skin texture, blistering, or scarring. Misuse of the laser can cause scarring or pigment changes in the skin.
Who shouldn't use it: Laser hair removal on darker skin (Fitzpatrick types 4-6) requires extra caution since a standard hair removal laser can discolor the skin. The Nd:YAG laser is by far the better choice for brown or tan-skinned people.
People with very light body hair (typically redheads) may not be able to use laser hair removal because their hair doesn't have enough melanin for the laser to "see." People with a history of keloid scarring should not get laser hair removal.
Drawbacks: Laser hair removal is only semi-permanent. It may reduce a significant percentage of hair over time, but it may never eliminate it 100 percent.
Recovery Time For Laser Hair Removal
There is no downtime. Side effects like redness, blisters, skin irritation and scabs can be covered with makeup and should disappear after a week to 10 days.
After care for laser hair removal: Sun exposure post-laser hair removal puts you at greater risk of developing side effects like discoloration and blistering. The only permissible form of hair removal between sessions is shaving.