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While most people can safely get laser hair removal, some might not be the right candidate. (Shutterstock/-)
Laser treatment has become one of the most popular solutions for hair removal. It is gaining popularity because of its effectiveness and pain-free procedure.
While most people can safely get laser hair removal, some might not be the right candidate.
People with light skin and hair
The nature of your hair and skin can decide the result of laser hair removal. While there are many machines that can perform hair removal, some are more suitable for a specific skin type. For example, if you have dark skin, you might be advised to pick Nd-YAG laser instead of others, as it causes less damage to your skin.
Skin types prone to pigmentation
The most common side effects include skin irritation or discoloration and pigment changes. If your skin gets pigmented easily, you might not be advised to take laser hair removal. To prevent this, you should ask your doctor about the risks and complications of the treatment before choosing to perform the procedure. Your doctor might suggest a test to see how your skin reacts to the treatment.
People with skin conditions
Laser treatments are, in general, not recommended for people with skin disease or infection. Some of the medications you take for your skin conditions, such as isotretinoin, could make you photosensitive. You should inform your doctor or physician before the treatment to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment.
People who are pregnant
While there is a lack of information on the effect of laser or chemicals applied to your skin during treatment on the fetus, it is generally advised to avoid laser hair removal treatment if you are pregnant. In fact, no laser treatments are recommended for pregnant people. Many women might have a problem with hair growth during pregnancy from the increase in hormones, making hair grow out from their nipples or belly. Normally these hairs will fall off after pregnancy.
The area of treatment
Depending on your hair thickness, the size of the treated area and your skin and hair condition, the intensity of the laser will be different. If you want to do hair removal on your face or eyebrows, many dermatologists and physicians advise sticking to the old methods of waxing or tweezing. Laser light can be very dangerous if it hits your eyes, causing flash blindness, dazzle, dark spots and hazy vision. In addition, it might take some time to complete a session of laser hair removal. You should plan your schedule beforehand to allow resting time after treatment.
Laser hair removal can give you smooth, hairless skin for an extended period of time. One thing you should remember is to consider if you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal or not. If you are still unsure, consult with your doctor for the best advice. (kes)
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