Potential Side Effects of Laser Light Therapy

If you are considering Laser Light Therapy, you must be aware of the many benefits it will have for your skin. However, you should also bear in mind that this type of treatment will have some potential side effects so that you know what to expect after the procedure. The most commonly met side effects of Laser Light Therapy include skin irritation, but the pigmentation problems may also be met.

Skin Irritation

After a Laser Light Therapy treatment, the skin will be irritated due to the use of laser beams and the fact that skin is not accustomed to high intensity energy application. You may identify skin irritation through:

  • Skin rashes; the skin will appear red in the treated areas
  • Swelling, which can persist for several days; the swelling may be more severe in patients with more sensitive skin

These side effects appear in over 80 percent of patients and can be reduced if immediately after the treatment you start applying ice packs or cold compresses. Alternate 30 minutes of compresses with 30 minutes without compresses to prevent tissue damage. If you apply ice packs continuously, the tissues may be damaged.

Avoid putting makeup on if the treatment has been applied on the face. If the Laser Light Therapy treatment has been applied on the body, you should wear loose items of clothing and allow the skin to breathe and heal faster. Choose only natural fabrics such as cotton, as the skin can be particularly sensitive to synthetic fabrics. It’s important to wear a high SPF when you go outside, even if the sun is not that strong. Sun burns may be common if protection is not worn.

Skin Itchiness

In many cases, skin itchiness can be present after a Laser Light Therapy treatment. Refrain from scratching your skin, as you will only make the condition worse. You can use menthol cream to relive itchiness. This will provide temporary relief. Rubbing alcohol may also be used to ease itchiness. The alcohol will create a pellicle of coolness on the skin, which will have a soothing effect. If the itchiness persists for over five days, you should consult your dermatologist.

Blistering and Crusting

Skin blistering and crusting may affect around 10 percent of patients treated with Laser Light Therapy. Blisters and crusting may occur due to the high intensity of energy that is applied at once on the skin. Blisters should subside within five days, however, if you notice an unusual change in color or puss accumulation, this may indicate that there is an infection. Skin crusting is also temporary and may be eliminated if you use some topical ointments.

Skin Color Changes

You may experience skin color changes, which are known as hyper or hypopigmentation. You are more exposed to developing either of these side effects if you have darker skin or a tan. These skin color changes should be temporary.

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