Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal

Learning what to expect from laser hair removal treatment is one of the keys to getting good results and the results you want. There are many myths surrounding hair removal but knowing fact from fiction can ensure your expectations are realistic.

Laser hair removal is not a 100% guaranteed way of ridding yourself of every single unwanted hair. However, it is extremely effective and the fact that the hair and the follicle from which it grows are destroyed permanently means that any regrowth will be a fraction of that you would get from shaving or other methods of hair removal.go right hereĀ what to expect in your treatment from

One common misconception is that lasers may be harmful to health and even damage internal organs. In fact, the laser only penetrates between 1mm and 4mm below the surface of the skin, nowhere near any valuable organs. The laser only destroys the hair shaft and follicle; none of the surrounding skin is damaged during the process. The surface of the skin is undamaged too as the laser merely glides over it.

There may be some initial reddening, itching, numbness or tingling immediately after the treatment, similar to being out in the sun, but this eases over a matter of the few hours.

Laser beams do not contain carcinogenic ultra violet waves so there is no risk of cancer.

Scarring and ingrown hairs
Scarring is another myth but while electrical procedures for hair removal involve penetrating the skin with a needle, lasers do not actually harm the skin so there is no risk of scars.

Ingrowing hairs, often a side effect of waxing and caused when the hair grows underneath the top surface of the skin, are not associated with laser treatments. In fact, lasers can solve this problem by reducing the follicle’s ability to grow hairs and so preventing any possibility of ingrowing hairs.

The expense of a series of laser sessions can be a turn-off for some. But it is best looked at by comparing the cost of buying razors and shaving gel or packets of wax of even an epilator. Over a lifetime this can add up to a vast amount. However, a course of laser treatment, perhaps six to eight sessions, works out cheaper in the long run.

Pain is another factor that can put some people off laser hair removal treatment. But this depends on the individual and their pain threshold. The best way to describe the sensation is to imagine an elastic band snapping against the skin. For some particularly sensitive areas such as the bikini area, practitioners use anaesthetic creams to keep the irritation to a minimum. And waxing is probably more painful!

Hair types
Laser removal is most effective on thick, dark hairs. It is the dark pigment in the hair that attracts the laser so very fine, blond hairs such as those on the upper lip, face and chin cannot be removed. Most patients can expect to see a reduction in hair growth by anything from 70 to 95% after a course of at least six treatments. Lasers are absorbed by mature hair follicles so while they will be destroyed, new hairs can appear in less mature follicles.

More hairs not less
There is a further myth that hairs can grow back stronger and in increasing numbers.
This is certainly not the case; any hairs that do grow become soft and by a third session of laser treatment, there is a long term reduction in any growth.