Complications During Laser/Light Hair Removal

Side Effects, Complications of Various Lasers, Light Devices

Complications During Laser/Light Hair Removal

PostPosted by DCNGA » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:39 am

This 'study' is aimed at non-medical operators of hair removal (inferring it's safe when performed by a doctor. Whatever):

Side effects
Complications can occur after laser hair removal, but can be reduced through an understanding of the fundamentals of laser treatment. The goal of laser hair removal is to damage the stem cells in the bulge of the hair follicle by targeting melanin, the endogenous chromophore used by laser and light devices to remove hair. The competing chromophores in the skin and hair—oxyhemoglobin and water—have a decreased absorption of between 690 nm and 1000 nm, thus making this an ideal range for laser and light sources.6 Typical complications include scarring and pigmentary changes; less obvious ones include reticulate erythema and ocular complications (Table 1). Periorbital epilation should be performed with caution until further studies have been undertaken regarding the potential damage to the intraocular structures with this procedure. Until then, patients need to be informed of the rare but potentially serious side effects of this particular laser cosmetic procedure.
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