Laser hair removal is very popular. The idea of not having to shave, tweeze, or wax ever again is extremely intriguing. However, some patients choose not to have the procedure because they are concerned about possible side effects. Capital Laser and Skin Care is here to inform you about what you can expect when receiving laser hair removal, including side effects.

Laser Hair Removal

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What is laser hair removal? Simple: it’s the use of light energy to stop unwanted hair growth. During the procedure, one of our experts selects the device best suited for your specific hair and skin type. The hair absorbs the light energy, then falls out and does not return or will return finer and thinner than before. A series of laser hair removal sessions is required for the best results.

Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

All medical treatment options have risks. Those specific to laser hair removal are skin irritation and pigmentation changes which are temporary. Although extremely unlikely when performed under the guidance of an experienced physician, blistering, scarring and a change in skin texture may occur.

How to Reduce Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

The best way to reduce the risk of side effects is to have your laser hair removal procedure performed by a trained and experienced professional. At Capital Laser & Skin Care, many of our patients find that potential side effects do not play a role in their decision-making process. This is due to the measures our specialists take to reduce the risk of side effects. Before, during, and after a procedure, we make sure the patient’s skin is protected by:

  • Physician oversight of treatment
  • Having available multiple laser options to ensure the most appropriate device chosen according to skin type and color
  • Testing the laser on the skin
  • Adjusting the laser to the appropriate settings
  • Applying ice to the treated area
  • Giving the patient detailed, easy-to-follow post-procedure instructions

The combined effect of these measures allows the patient to recover quickly and enjoy their results. Patients who are pregnant usually must wait until after they give birth to have their procedure.


Laser hair removal is a safe treatment option. Like all treatment options, there are risks. Choosing an experienced professional that you trust dramatically reduces risks. To schedule your initial laser hair removal consultation with one of our specialists, contact Capital Laser and Skin Care at 301.798.9699.