Among the various existing hair removal techniques, laser hair removal is becoming much more popular. However, the use of a Diode or YAG Laser is not without risks as there are some precautions and contraindications to consider.
Caution is required
- Certain parts of the body should be treated with caution:
- Areas where the skin is very thin: Such as the lateral side of the knees, borders of the jaws, cheeks and skin of the neck.
Contraindications to Laser hair removal
- There are permanent and temporary contraindications:
- Permanent contraindications: allergic and urticaria scars, hemorrhagic scars, white hairs (without melanin) and tatoos.
- Temporary contraindications: pregnancy, food rich in vitamin A or beta-carotene as the photosensitisation of the skin is increased, anti-acne treatment and tanned skin.
- Other contraindications :
- No laser hair removal for children;
- Photodermatosis - photosensitive skin disorders.
- If you are taking photosensitising medicine.
- Some physical characteristics can make it difficult to have laser hair removal:
- Gray, red or fair hairs contain little melanin making it difficult to remove.
- Black and dark matt skins: contain a lot of melanin, and the laser does not differentiate hairs from the skin.
- Advice to reduce the risks of laser hair removal
- A qualified doctor or practitioner must perform laser hair removal.
- The use of diode and YAG lasers requires specialist training and safety precautions, ensure any such rules are being obeyed.
- Do not sunbathe before or after treatment.
- Protect your eyes - make sure protective eyewear is offered to you.
- Ensure a comprehensive assessment of your skin is made before receiving any treatment.