In rare cases, serious and permanent skin reactions to laser hair removal can occur, like some patients with darker skin tones are more likely to experience a permanent lightening of the skin in the treatment area. This can range from a mild color change to a very noticeable contrast, and if this skin change appears on the face or other exposed areas, it may significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

When a treatment site is overexposed to the laser or a mistake is made in the procedure, the potential exists for permanent scarring or skin burns. These can be painful and debilitating, particularly if they occur around joints. Adequate rest time between procedures will allow the skin to recover adequately.