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Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?The safety of laser hair removal is something we're asked about often. So, Is laser hair removal safe?

We have been performing laser hair removal since 2002 though it was commercially available for many years prior.  Over the years we have seen many patients with concerns over the relative safety of the laser hair removal procedure. We have been asked every question imaginable and have so much experience that we can speak authoritatively about it.

First of all, you need to be treated by a trained medical professional who knows what laser to use on your skin type and at what settings, so that it is both safe and effective.  While we have never had a burn in our practice we know that these things can occur.  Presently in Georgia, there are no regulation on lasers, which essentially means almost anyone can operate a laser

At WIFH all our medical professionals have been personally trained by Dr. Kulkin. Dr. Kulkin oversees every patient’s treatment progress and is always available for questions and/or concerns you may have.

The most common complication from laser hair removal is hyperpigmentation. 

Hyperpigmentation is the temporary darkening of the skin.  This can occur in light skinned patients if they have had sun exposure and their skin is tan.  Hyperpigmentation is less common in darker skin types.  Again, this kind of hyperpigmentation is not permanent.

A question we hear often is, does laser hair removal cause skin cancer?  To date, there are no studies showing a cause and effect relationship between laser hair removal and skin cancer.  There are Radiation Physics Societies that have websites indicating that laser hair removal is a perfectly safe procedure. 

Women often ask if having bikini laser hair removal done will damage their reproductive organs and the answer again is, no!  We prefer not to treat pregnant women; however, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published a paper indicating it is safe to have laser hair removal while pregnant; the laser has no effect of the baby.  

We have also been asked if laser hair removal to the underarm area can damage the underarm sweat glands or lymph nodes. Your hair follicles are located very superficially under the skin, just a few millimeters under the skin. Lymph nodes and sweat glands and located much deeper and the lasers depth of penetration is too short to reach them.  

We will not treat people whose immune systems are compromised due to use of various strong medications like those given post organ transplant or for cancer treatment.  We take a medical history on each and every patient to look for any medications and/or past medical issues that may effect the laser hair removal process.

We have performed over a quarter of a million procedures since 2002 and no one has called with a medical complication or a significant recurrence of hair growth. It is important to remember that this includes all body parts except the face and neck where we know touch ups are required to maintain the reduction.