Risk of skin infection is always present when undergoing laser hair removal treatment. While healing, the affected region should be treated like a wound and any symptoms of infection should be reported to a dermatologist. There is no clear evidence that laser hair removal causes fungal infections, but some side effects of laser hair removal for the bikini area include vulvovaginal atrophy and vaginal dryness. Acne may also appear in the treatment area due to the heat from the laser opening the pores, making the skin sensitive to tiny infections.
Like any other cosmetic hair removal method, there is always a risk of infection. If you have any signs or symptoms of infection, contact your dermatologist immediately or see your family doctor. Laser treatment is referred to as a “permanent” hair removal procedure, but this may not be the case as facial hair, such as the upper lip, chin, sideburns, or neck, tends to grow back faster than body hair. To reduce the risk of infection, it is important to follow a reasonable pretreatment regimen before undergoing laser therapy.
Most people start to see their hair fall out three to five days after their laser hair removal session. Folliculitis induced by laser hair removal can be treated with doxycycline and complete resolution can be seen three months after treatment. Because laser hair removal treatment targets the root of the hair below the skin's surface, it has to destroy the hair at a particular stage in its growth cycle. If done under appropriate medical supervision, laser therapy for hair removal does not increase the chances of cancer.
Overall, laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair for an extended period of time. Start by booking a consultation with an expert professional to discuss any risks and benefits associated with this procedure.