Laser hair removal can cause first-degree burns

Dubai: Laser hair removal can be dangerous if not carried out properly, a cosmetic surgeon has warned.

Explaining the risks of the popular cosmetic procedure, Dr Evanah Janbeh, dermatologist at Cosmesurge, advised patients to be cautious when choosing a doctor.


“Laser hair removal is a process that targets the hair follicle. If not done accurately, it can lead to severe first-degree burns, which might cause sores and blisters. This leads to pigmentation which might take a year or two to heal depending on skin tone,” Dr Janbeh said.

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Laser hair removal, which involves high-powered laser lights killing hair follicles at the root, is a simple procedure. However, unsightly burns and scars often occur due to unlicensed or unqualified technicians performing the procedure using dangerous medical equipment. Typical signs of laser hair removal burns include, but are not limited to, severe swelling and redness of the skin. Discolouration of the skin can happen in some cases.

Many times, laser hair removal is done using hair removal machines, which heats the hair follicles underneath the surface of the skin and temporarily prevents regrowth of hair.

Such machines can easily cause burns if used negligently.

“Burns due to laser treatments are very common if performed by inexperienced laser technicians, wrong choice of laser device, or abusive and an aggressive attitude of doing the procedure at home all by yourself. It is therefore important to opt for treatments with registered and certified clinicians and practitioners to avoid unpleasant side-effects and first-degree burns,” Dr Janbeh added.

It is therefore recommended that specialists have the right laser hair removal system that fits each skin type and patients choose the registered and certified options to avoid burns.

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