I’ve had laser therapy (see my tattoo story on the previous slide, plus I’ve done laser hair removal), and they make you sign the scariest waiver you will ever see prior to receiving treatment. Just know that doctors have to tell you every single thing that could possibly happen–most are incredibly rare.
Dr. Gerstner recommends going to an experienced doctor. “I wouldn’t go to a spa for laser treatments. I’ve inherited people who were burned in a spa setting,” she told me. “I do every laser treatment myself, even though by New York state law I could have medical assistants do some of it.”
Here are the absolute worst possible things that can happen (again, they’re rare, especially when an experienced practitioner is doing your treatment):
• Blindness (wear the weird-looking goggles they give you!)
• Raw, weepy skin
• Pain during treatment (but the topical numbing creams really work)
So now you’ve been duly warned. Personally, I think the benefits of laser treatments outweigh the risks–especially now since many doctors have been performing these procedures for years.