Are laser hair removal burns permanent? | Skin Perfection

Are laser hair removal burns permanent?

Laser hair removal burns are considered to be a risk factor. But are laser hair removal burns permanent? If the laser’s energy is absorbed by your skin instead of your hair, the treatment can leave you with burns. Some may be very mild, some more severe. 

Before laser hair removal

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.

Laser hair removal burns can occur from;

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.

Are laser hair removal burns permanent?

Although burns are not common, once happen they can cause permanent scarring. In most cases however burns will heal completely. To speed the healing process you should keep the area moisturised, avoid rubbing and friction, hot shower, baths and steam rooms and avoid picking the skin. 

To learn more about laser hair removal and how it would be beneficial for you, why not book a free consultation with my Expert team, who will take care of you every step of the way.

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 what to be aware of before undergoing laser hair removal. 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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