Every procedure involves certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them.
The following are some of the risks:
Scarring: Scarring is a rare occurrence, but it is a possibility whenever the skin surface is disrupted. To minimize the chances of scarring, it is IMPORTANT that you follow all post-treatment instructions carefully.
Burns: Laser energy can produce burns. Additional treatment may be necessary to treat laser burns.
Accutane (Isotretinoin): This drug may impair the ability of the skin to heal following treatments for a variable amount of time even after the patient has ceased taking it. Individuals who have taken this drug are advised to allow their skin adequate time to recovery from Accutane before undergoing laser treatment procedures.
Pain & Discomfort: The level of pain and discomfort varies with a person’s tolerance, and both may be experienced during treatment with gradual cessation of pain after treatment.
Infection: Although infection following laser treatment is unusual, bacterial, fungal, and viral infection can occur. Herpes simplex virus or zoster infections can occur following laser treatment. Should an infection occur, additional treatment including antibiotics, hospitalization, or additional surgery may be necessary. If you have cold sores, herpes, or zoster, do please tell us prior to the laser treatment. Medications must be prescribed and taken both prior to and following the laser treatment procedure in order to suppress an infection from the virus.
Damaged Skin: Skin that has been previously treated with chemical peels or dermabrasion, or damaged by burns, electrolysis (hair removal treatments), or radiation therapy may heal abnormally or slowly following treatment. The occurrence of this is not predictable. Additional treatment may be necessary. If you have ever had such treatments, you should inform your treatment provider.
Lack of permanent results: Laser hair removal is NOT permanent.
Visible Skin Patterns: Laser procedures may produce visible patterns within the skin. The occurrence of this is unpredictable.