For people wishing to remove unwanted hair from the face or body, laser hair removal can be an enticing option because it promises to reduce or eliminate the need to regularly shave or wax hair that can be irritating and unsightly. While laser hair removal performed by licensed practitioners is generally considered a safe procedure, there are some side effects that should be taken into consideration.

Many of the common side effects of laser hair removal occur during or immediately after the procedure and are merely temporary, and the most typical complaint is pain that occurs during and after treatment. This will be felt at the skin site where the removal is taking place, and most people are able to manage the discomfort with over the counter pain medication, but those with extremely sensitive skin may find the procedure unbearably painful.