Laser Hair Removal Might Be More Dangerous Than You Think

laser hair removalWhen it comes to ridding your body of hair, many of us would do anything to never pick up a razor, tweezers, or feel the warm sensation of hot wax ever again. For most women, the solution to that little problem seems simple: laser hair removal. All sorts of A-listers from Kim Kardashian to Gisele Bundchen opt for the series of treatments, which are now offered in medical offices and salons alike. In fact, it's become one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S.

However, just like any other procedure, there are risks associated with laser hair removal. Risks that anyone who's considering the procedure should know before shelling out the big bucks. Check 'em out, here:

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1. Do your research: Because the cost of laser hair removal can be hefty, more and more women are choosing to get the procedures done with a non-physician (i.e. a salon). Sure, the laser is the thing that's actually getting rid of your hair, but the operator is the one who is responsible for doing it RIGHT.

2. Breathe carefully: When you get laser hair removal, small particles radiate into the air that can irritate your throat and other passages. Make sure if you're not getting the procedure done around your lip area to ask your operator for a mask to shield your nose and mouth.

3. Know your body: You want to make sure that you get the procedure done on a small patch of skin before going for the whole shebang. You never know how the treatment can react with your skin, complexion, or specific body area you're targeting.

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4. Don't wait it out afterward if something seems wrong: For a few days after the procedure, the area of your skin that's been treated may look and feel sunburned. Then, over the next month, the treated hair will fall out. While blisters are rare and redness happens, too much should be an alarm that you need to get checked out.

Have you ever had laser hair removal? Do you have any advice for someone who may want it?

 

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