When it comes to hair removal, many people are turning to laser and pulsed light treatments as they are becoming increasingly popular due to their effectiveness and safety. However, there are some risks associated with using an IPL/RF/Laser combination device for hair removal that should be taken into consideration. For those with a deep skin tone or very light or fine hair, the IPL device may not recognize the contrast between the hair follicles and the skin, which could result in burns, blisters, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. While these side effects are rare, they can occur.
In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that laser and IPL treatments can cause cancer. In fact, two studies suggest that the laser diode may even stimulate the natural production of collagen and could be used for anti-aging purposes. However, laser and IPL treatments are not effective on very fine, white hair. This is because the light energy used in these treatments cannot recognize the contrast between the hair follicles and the skin.
For those with blond hair, laser hair removal is effective because it contains melanin. The lighter the skin color and the darker and thicker the hair, the faster it will work. This results in slower growth and ultimately much less hair that grows; this is what is called hair reduction. When considering laser or IPL treatments for hair removal, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with them.
While these treatments are generally safe and effective, there is still a risk of burns, blisters, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. In addition, they may not be effective on very fine or white hair. It is also important to note that while laser and IPL treatments cannot cause cancer on the skin or any organ in the body, there is still a risk of AKs becoming cancerous. Therefore, it is important to consider all treatment options before undergoing any type of laser or IPL treatment.