It is rare to experience significant side effects, although the following may occur;
1. Redness. Mild redness in the area treated is not uncommon. It usually lasts 1-2 days, and may be
covered with makeup. Severe redness is unusual.
2. Blistering of skin. This is very uncommon, and will
usually resolve by itself.
3. Pigmentation. Temporary pigmentation may occur in some individuals and this will usually resolve without any treatment. Sun exposure should be avoided for four weeks after treatment. Some patients may require the use of a bleaching cream if pigmentation persists. To minimize the risk of pigmentation, suntanning should be avoided prior to treatment and for at least 4 week after.
People with darker skins, can have test patches prior to treatment to work out the correct laser settings for their skin type.
4. Loss of pigmentation. This is rare.
5. Scarring. Rare.