Laser hair removal-Mechanisms and complications

Piyu Parth Naik

This review provides a study of the complications related to Laser Hair Removal (LHR) along with the complication management pertaining to laser hair removal therapy. Laser hair removal is a widely practiced cosmetic procedure that is considered safe and effective. Comparatively, it is more effective than shaving, waxing, plucking, and epilation in terms of pain, speed, accuracy, and many other factors. Nevertheless, it also has complications like any other procedure. The complications associated with LHR could be immediate or, it might take some time to occur, which depends on various factors. Most of the complications can be prevented by the healthcare provider, while others can be treated with minimal medications. Alongside managing these complications, pre-treatment and post-treatment care must be precisely followed for effective results. The management therapy includes the use of corticosteroids, topical analgesics, selective antiviral agents, emollients, moisturizing creams, and lotions as the aftercare of the procedure and some other agents depending on the type of complication observed in a patient. Hence, there is a broad scope for laser hair removal advancements to avoid complications and achieve the best results.