Laser hair removal has taken the beauty and aesthetic industry by storm. And quickly become the most popular way of reducing unwanted facial and body hair permanently. While the treatment is generally safe and effective, not everyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal. There are certain factors that may make the treatment unsuitable or increase the risk of side effects. So let’s see who is not a good candidate for laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal
Laser works by emitting a concentrated beam of light. This light is attracted by the pigment in your hair where it destroys the follicles and enables future hair growth. The main criteria for the treatment to be effective is for the patient to have pigment in their hair.
Who is not a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Pregnant women – Pregnant women are generally advised to avoid laser hair removal, as the effects of the treatment on the baby are unknown. And without any studies to prove otherwise it’s better not to take any risks.
Medications – Certain medications, such as antibiotics ( especially the Cycline group), and acne medications ( Roaccutane), can make the skin more sensitive to light and increase the risk of side effects. It’s important to inform your practitioner of any medications you’re taking. Or if there are changes to your medical routine throughout your course.
Medical conditions – Some medical conditions, such as diabetes and autoimmune disorders, can affect the skin’s healing process and increase the risk of complications. With Type 1 Diabetes and Lupus the treatment is a definite no.
Patient with history of keloid scarring – Unfortunately if you have a history of developing keloids laser hair removal will be an absolute no, as the treatment in rare cases may cause scarring.
Recent sun exposure or tanning – Laser hair removal should not be performed on skin that is sunburned or recently tanned. This is due to the increased risk of pigmentation, burns and scarring. You must wait least 4-6 weeks before you can have a new patch test. And only after that you can resume treatment safely again.
Certain hair colours – Laser hair removal works best on dark hair, as the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicles. Light-colored hair, such as blonde, gray, or red are not responsive to laser hair removal.
In conclusion, laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment for many people, but it may not be suitable for everyone.
If you are unsure or would like to learn more about hair removal, please contact my team to arrange your free consultation with one of our Laser Expert. They will be able to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for laser hair removal and to discuss any factors that may increase the risk of side effects or complications.
How to book your consultation and what happens during your first visit?
As the first step of your skin journey at Skin Perfection, you’ll be invited to attend a no obligations consultation. This will give you the opportunity to get a good understanding of your skin.
During your first meeting you’ll receive all the information and knowledge you’ll need to keep your skin healthy. Finally to manage your skin concerns your practitioner will recommend you a personalised treatment plan.