Does Laser Hair Removal Have Side Effects?

At SMooth Solutions Medspa educating our clients is the foundation of our aesthetic care philosophy. It’s important to us that our clients understand all the ends and outs of their procedures, including any side effects.

Laser hair removal is one of our most popular services. A lot of clients come to us wondering, does laser hair removal have side effects? When performed by expert hands, laser hair removal does not have noticeable side effects. The most common effect is redness, which goes away within a few hours of treatment.

Preparing well for your laser hair removal is the best way to avoid side effects.

How to prepare for laser hair removal

The real answer to “does laser hair removal have side effects?” It depends on the provider. That’s why the most important thing to do prior to getting laser hair removal is to find a quality provider. Your provider should walk you through everything you need to know to get ready for your treatment. 

Avoid tanning and sun exposure. 

Because laser hair removal targets the pigment in your hair, it works best when there is a higher contrast between the hair follicle and your skin. Tanned skin is darker and makes it harder for the laser to identify the hair follicle. This is also why we tend to recommend clients schedule their laserhair removal appointments in the fall, when it’s easier to avoid sun exposure.

Related: When to Schedule Your Skin Treatments

Stop plucking and waxing

Laser hair removal works by disrupting hair growth, and is only able to target hairs that are in the active growing stage. Plucking and waxing disrupts this cycle, and the hair may not grow back in time for your treatments. Multiple treatments are required, so it’s important to avoid plucking and waxing through the entire series of treatments.

Shave before your appointment

You should shave at least 24 hours before your appointment, but avoid doing so on the same day as your session. Having hair on the legs during our session can damage the laser and cause side effects during your treatment.

You’re in good hands with SMooth Solutions Medspa

Our medspa started with a focus on hair removal, first electrolysis and then laser. We are a premiere provider for laser treatments in Naperville.

Wondering if laser hair removal is right for you? Book a complimentary consultation with a SMooth Solutions provider today. You can also try our virtual consultation tool to explore our other aesthetic care options. It’s a self-guided method for identifying your personal aesthetic needs and receiving individualized recommendations right to your inbox.