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Laser hair removal safe or not: Dermatologist's explanation

Laser hair removal safe or not: Dermatologist's explanation Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Laser hair removal is a method of hair removal based on the use of a laser beam. During the procedure, the laser targets and absorbs the pigment (melanin) present in hair follicles. Once the laser energy is absorbed, the hair follicle overheats and is destroyed, leading to a cessation of hair growth.

Dermatologist Olena Berezina explained how safe the procedure is.

Is laser hair removal safe?

According to the dermatologist, the laser hair removal process is entirely comfortable, suitable for everyone, and can help eliminate unwanted hair almost permanently.

"It is very safe. During the use of the laser, the hair follicle ceases to exist, and the next hair follicle will grow weaker and more slowly," Berezina explained.

Laser hair removal does not affect internal organs.

Who should avoid laser hair removal?

Some women have gray hair, so this procedure will be ineffective for them because the pigment is very weak.

However, things are changing, and now even blondes can undergo the procedure.

At what age can laser hair removal be performed?

According to the dermatologist, the procedure can be performed at any age, but parental consent is required if it is a child.

Can pregnant women undergo the procedure?

Olena Berezina said that pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding should not undergo laser hair removal. This is due to changes in their hormonal levels and the lack of studies on how the procedure affects women in these conditions.

Contraindications for laser hair removal

There are contraindications for laser hair removal, as with any cosmetic procedure. These include:

  • Oncology
  • Varicose veins
  • Acute herpes
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Pregnancy at any stage and the lactation period
  • Burns, scars, and keloids.

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