Prior to undergoing a cosmetic treatment like laser hair removal, most patients inquire about the possible risks and side effects.
While LHR is known as a safe, effective, and noninvasive procedure, one dermatologist, who regularly performs the treatment, felt compelled to further examine its safety profile.
Continue reading to learn all about his findings and the hidden dangers of LHR.
What Are the Hidden Dangers of LHR?
Noticing the release of odorous smoke plumes during laser hair removal treatments, dermatologist Dr. Gary S. Chuang wanted to learn more about the hidden dangers of LHR.
He originally thought that the smoke plumes were simply sulfur.
However, upon further study, he discovered that more than 300 different chemicals were emitted, 13 of which are known to be harmful to humans and animals.
Should Patients be Concerned?
Learning of the hidden dangers of LHR may cause patients to become concerned about the treatment’s safety.
However, Dr. Chuang found that the smoke plumes do not pose a significant risk to patients, who are infrequently exposed to them for short periods of time.
That being said, practitioners, who regularly perform LHR and encounter smoke plumes on a regular and ongoing basis, are most likely to be adversely affected.
What Are Potential Solutions to LHR Smoke Plumes?
Fortunately, there are several ways that providers can counteract the hidden dangers of LHR and address associated smoke plumes.
Smoke evacuators are heavy duty suctioning devices that pull the plumes out of the air and reduce their ability to enter and irritate the airway.
HEPA filter vacuums are another precaution that can be taken against potentially harmful smoke plumes.
But because these devices do not come with the LHR machine and are an additional expense, non-medical providers, offering low cost laser hair removal, may decide not to purchase them.
As such, it is important that patients carefully research laser hair removal facilities and insist on a medical practice headed by a board-certified dermatologist.
If you are interested in safe and effective laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eliot Battle.