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Are laser hair removal burns common?

Laser hair removal burns are considered to be a risk factor. But laser hair removal burns aren’t common. Before undergoing laser hair removal you should always do your research. Then attend a consultation at the Clinic you’ve chosen. After treating 1000s of patients over the past 20 years, we’ve seen severe cases of laser burns. In each cases as a result of inexperienced practitioners using cheap devices. 

During your initial consultation your practitioner will explain the treatment process. As well as the precautions that you must take before & after the laser procedure. These will safe guard your treatment. And ensure that all risks are cut to the minimum.

The most common reasons why laser hair removal burns happen could be any of the following;

Sun exposure

For the laser to be effective the pigment in your hair has to absorb the laser’s heat. As a result of sun exposure your pigment level increases. Because everyone’s different, therefore every skin will react differently. During the laser treatment this increased amount of melanin will absorb the laser. But may leak to the surface of the skin leaving you with burns. For this reason you must report sun exposure ( including sun beds) to your practitioner before your treatment. This will allow your practitioner to assess your skin to determine if you need a new skin test. To keep your skin safe and to get the best result out of your treatment you’ll be encouraged to stay out of the sun for the duration of your treatment course. 


Certain medications ( antibiotics, antidepressants and prescription drugs) can cause photo sensitivity. You must inform your practitioner if you are taking any new medications. Or if there’s been a change in your medical status.

Inexperienced practitioners

Choose an establishment regulated by a professional body. For example Special treatment license by the local council certifies the establishment to carry out specific skin and laser treatments in a safe and controlled environment. To meet the standard the Company have to meet a number of safety regulations. Always enquire about treatment protocols. And never go ahead with treatment without a skin test.

Do your research on the most suitable laser for your skin type. Also insist on treatment with the right laser.

A Medical grade laser is designed with direct wavelengths to specifically targets the melanin in the hair. As a result your treatment will be more specific and more effective. At Skin Perfection we are using one of the most popular lasers from the Medical Aesthetic Industry called  Cynosure Elite. This specific laser combines two optimal wavelengths in one system. The 755nm –Alexandrite laser and the 1064nm –Nd Yag laser. The two wave length allow our highly experienced practitioners to adjust the laser specifically to your skin type.

To discuss your suitability for laser and to learn more; why not contact my Expert team who’ll be able to give you further guidance?

How to book an appointment?

As the first step of your hair removal journey at Skin Perfection London, we request that you attend a no obligations consultation and skin test. Firstly, this gives you the opportunity to learn more about the process. How does laser hair removal work? Why is it effective? How many treatments you need? What’s the best laser for your skin type? How to prepare your skin for the treatment? And about the contraindications to the treatment. Finally to confirm suitability we’ll carry out a quick patch test.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at SP. Our highly trained and skilled aesthetic practitioners have many years of experience, so you can be confident you’re in the best hands. And, you can be sure, you’ll always have a stress-free relaxing experience.

Contact our team today to book an appointment.

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