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Volume 3, Issue 1-1, February 2015, Page: 18-20
Adverse Effects of Laser Hair Removal
Paloma Tejero, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Victoria Sunkel, Mediestetic Clinic, Madrid, Spain
María Victoria Zamorano, Mediestetic Clinic, Madrid, Spain
Received: Nov. 27, 2014;       Accepted: Dec. 3, 2014;       Published: Feb. 8, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.js.s.2015030101.16      View  3143      Downloads  207
Abstract
Adverse effects observed in 300,000 medical laser hair removal sessions between June 1998 and April 2014 have been indirectly surveyed. The small number of adverse effects and their resolution with no significant sequelae is confirmed. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method, but it is not risk-free. It is clearly necessary to i) strictly update the patient’s medical history at each session, ii) duly train healthcare staff, and iii) follow the applicable safety protocols. Note that data collection was based on the memory of the treating team, which means that significant bias is likely. However, bias will be high for mild adverse effects but very low for serious adverse effects (which have also required follow-up). The conclusions of this work may only be applicable to the moderate and serious adverse effects of laser hair removal, but not to standard, mild adverse effects.
Keywords
Adverse Effects, Laser Hair Removal, Paradoxical Growth, Hirsutism
To cite this article
Paloma Tejero, Victoria Sunkel, María Victoria Zamorano, Adverse Effects of Laser Hair Removal, Journal of Surgery. Special Issue: Breakthroughs in Aesthetic Medicine. Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2015, pp. 18-20. doi: 10.11648/j.js.s.2015030101.16
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