Laser hair removal provides a good list of benefits for men and women alike. It provides a long-term reduction in hair growth, it’s cost-efficient, and can be done at the comfort of your home. However, as in “with great power comes great responsibility,” so, with those long-term benefits, is laser hair removal safe? Or those desired goals will put your skin at risk?
It’s known for sure that professional laser hair removal can cost a couple of hundred bucks per treatment, and it might take half a dozen sessions (or more) to reach desired results, which puts the at-home Laser hair removal devices in the front in this regard.
But, do we sacrifice the safety here to save couple hundred bucks? Or the Laser hair removal is considered safe? Let’s find out.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Before diving deep into the specifics, let’s explain in short how does Laser Hair removal works.
Laser or IPL hair removal is an advanced technology that’s used across the world. In this method, the device produces a beam of light energy, targeting the hair pigments, to reach the hair follicle. The main aim is to damage the follicle, killing the blood vessel feeding the hair matrix, without the fear of pain, injuries, or even doing hard work.
It results in reducing hair growth, and over a number of treatment sessions, it can provide the user with months of hair-free experience.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Yes and No. Generally, Laser hair removal is a safe procedure. However, ill-trained professionals and miss-used at-home devices can turn that experience into a living hell.
As you’re looking for a long-lived hair-free experience, you may start to rush treatments, step over some important steps, our advice for you would always be, don’t rush treatments, to achieve the safest results.
Laser Hair removal is safe, as long as you follow the detailed instructions of the laser hair removal device, Do the dos and avoid the Don’ts. Skipping an essential instruction would get you in trouble.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
The ultimate goal of achieving months of hair-free experience doesn’t come easy, yet it’s not filled with hurtful memories. Laser hair removal will cause some side effects, but most of them could vanish in a matter of hours after the treatment.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, those side effects vary from discomfort to redness and swelling. Other users could experience minor itching as well.
However, some Severe Side Effects could rarely happen. It only happens with users who don’t follow the at-home laser hair removal devices correctly or carry out a treatment session at the hands of ill-trained professionals.
Those rare severe side effects include:
- Excessive hair growth in the area of treatment: Sometimes this effect is mistaken for hair shedding after the procedure
- Changes to overall skin texture: You may be at an increased risk if you have tanned recently.
- Scarring: This is most common in people who tend to scar easily.
- Blisters and skin crusting: These effects may be caused by sun exposure too soon after the procedure.
When NOT to do at Laser Hair Removal for safety reasons
We affirmed earlier that Laser hair removal is and is not safe, under certain circumstances. Moreover, in some situations, you should never attempt to carry out a laser hair removal treatment session.
The List includes Pregnancy, Diabetes, special medical cases that can make your skin vulnerable.
We also recommend not to use the Prestige in case of epilepsy, or before & after conducting a major operation.
As for body parts, don’t use do laser treatment on those parts: near your eyes, over tattoos or pigmented areas, and in the genital area. However, the upper lip is okay, and you can safely use the laser on your bikini line.
Pregnancy as a Special case
We recommend you avoid laser hair removal treatments for safety reasons while you’re pregnant. Moreover, common areas of increased hair growth on your body, including breasts, stomach, will fall on their own during pregnancy, so you won’t need any kind of treatment besides that. You’ll only have to wait until the pregnancy is over.
We’ve consulted a handful of doctors online, and they recommended that you wait several weeks after delivery, before carrying out any laser hair removal treatment sessions.
For safety reasons… Instructions for the “Before & After” phases
We’re here to make sure that the treatments go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. To achieve that, there are some requirements to follow up on, during the “Before” & “After” treatment phases.
As for the initial “before treatment” phase, detailed instructions are written inside the instructions’ manual of the at-home laser hair removal device. As for the “After treatment” phase, it’s rarely mentioned in those manuals, so, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s a list of the instructions you should follow for a safe “after treatment” phase:
- Avoid Working out and Exercising
- Wear loose clothing
- Avoid sun exposure for 2-3 days after the treatment session
- Don’t use any tanning equipment
- Consult your dermatologist if your skin requires special treatment
Does laser hair removal cause cancer?
No. It doesn’t. It doesn’t cause DNA damage or DNA mutations. The light pulses heat the hair follicles and destroy them. It’s also considered a myth, that hasn’t and won’t be proven. In fact, according to the Skin Care Foundation, the procedure is sometimes used to treat certain forms of precancerous lesions.
Can laser hair removal cause infertility?
No. It doesn’t. The laser only affects the skin surface, which means that minimal radiation from the procedure reaches that surface, and little-to-none can reach your organs.
Video footage explaining how safe Laser hair removal is
From Philips Lumea Experts
Since we have years of experience with Philips Lumea products, which currently rule the top3 lists of nearly all laser hair removal categories, we’ve decided to add few more interesting and important facts.
We’ve noticed that the Philips Lumea devices are on high alert in regard to safety measures. Therefore, we’ll provide answers to more questions in regard to that.
Philips Lumea safe FAQs
What are the Philips Lumea side effects?
Small tingling, a feeling of tiny stings that fade immediately, redness on some body parts that also fade in few hours after treatment.
Can Philips Lumea cause Cancer?
No. It doesn’t cause cancer. It’s clinically proven and CE Certified in Europe that it doesn’t cause any kind of mutations or cancer.
Can I use Philips Lumea on my face?
The face is a very sensitive part that requires a sensitive device to take care of it. Philips Lumea is developed with dermatologists, who made sure it’s great for the upper lip, chin, and cheeks. It is the only IPL device to have a specially shaped face attachment with an additional light filter and a flat, small window for precise application.
Laser hair removal isn’t dangerous and can be considered a very safe option if the instructions are followed carefully.
Philips Lumea devices are among the safest laser hair removal devices, they have layers and layers of protection for your skin, during and after treatments. You can find more browsing Philips Lumea Models.
For the safest experience enjoying laser hair removal treatments, we recommend trying one of the Philips Lumea Prestige, in that page, you’ll find detailed infographics showing you how safe it can be.