While laser hair removal is considered a safe treatment, there is a risk of burning. While the FDA adds that blistering, discoloration, redness, and scarring can be expected after a session. Some clients say it feels like tiny rubber bands hitting the skin but it doesn’t feel like that everywhere-only where the hair is thick and dense.
After your treatment and you come out looking like you just fell out of a beehive, you’re in great state. It’s called perifollicular edema, which is just a fancy way of saying swollen hair follicles. It means your treatment was successful. We advise our clients to expect up to 48 hours of redness, stinging, or itching-but more commonly these only last about an hour or two. Any longer than that and we recommend a hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl gel to alleviate any discomfort.