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Laser hair removal treatment has become a trendy alternative to waxing and shaving for people who want to remove unwanted hair. With the growing popularity, many people ask: “Is laser hair removal safe?” and “If so, how does it work?”. Let’s dive a little deeper.

With laser hair removal, the pigment (melanin) in the hair absorbs the laser light. When the light energy converts to heat, the hair follicle is destroyed. Therefore, future hair growth is inhibited or delayed depending on where the hair is in its growth cycle. You will need multiple laser hair removal treatments for initial hair removal, followed by maintenance treatments to achieve optimal hair reduction.

The proper combination of wavelength, energy, and pulse duration is required during each treatment to achieve the desired hair reduction. Whether the hair is removed permanently or just reduced in density is influenced by:

  • The color and thickness of the treated hairs.
  • The color of your skin.
  • The type and level of the laser used.
  • Where the hair is in the growth cycle.

Your laser technician will discuss your options and help you decide what laser and laser level is best for you during each visit as your body hair may change over time. They will also answer any questions or concerns you may have, such as:

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Laser hair removal is safe, with minimal pain or side effects, as long as treatment is from an experienced, Certified Laser Practitioner who effectively treats different hair and skin types. It is not a good idea to try laser treatments at home. While laser hair removal is safe for most, patients with certain skin or health conditions should not get this treatment since their condition could be aggravated or harmed by laser hair removal. For those with generally sensitive skin, your practitioner may recommend a post-laser lotion to soothe any redness or mild irritation that may occur, which usually resolves within a few hours to a few days after your treatment.

Who Should NOT Get Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

At the Couri Center, we offer a complimentary consultation to discuss your health history, concerns, and desired hair removal goals. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should avoid laser hair removal if:

1. You have a skin condition or infection – Laser treatments are, in general, not recommended for people with a skin disease or infection. Some of the medications for skin conditions – such as isotretinoin – could make you photosensitive, resulting in burning from the laser.

2. You are taking antibiotic medications – Certain antibiotics can also cause photosensitivity. The recommendations are to wait for at least a week after finishing your antibiotic before getting a laser hair removal treatment.

3. You are pregnant – The recommendations are to avoid any kind of laser treatment if you are pregnant because no studies prove that it is safe for both you and your baby.


That being said, laser hair removal can be a great alternative to plucking, threading, shaving, depilatory creams, or waxing – all of which are only temporary solutions that can also cause skin damage. Laser hair removal provides low maintenance, silky smooth skin without ingrown hairs, razor bumps, or stubble! We offer very affordable packages for all body areas at the Couri Center. Schedule your complimentary consultation to learn more. 


Ashley Gardewine, LE & CLT