Here are some myths and facts about laser hair removal that will help you decide whether you should opt for the procedure or not to say goodbye to unwanted body hairs permanently.
Myth: Laser Hair Removal is Not Safe for all Skin Types.
Fact: Hair removal using laser is a quite safe procedure that rarely causes any serious complications or lasting side effects. However, it is pertinent to mention here that the safety of procedure depends on the type of laser system that your provider uses for removing hair. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain laser systems keeping in view the safety of patients. As long as a dermatologist is using an FDA-accredited laser system there are minimal chances of developing any problems during and after the treatment.
Myth: Lasers Can Cause More Hair to Grow.
Fact: Lasers never cause more hair to grow. If that was true, hundreds of thousands of people seeking surgical hair transplant would have preferred undergoing a couple of laser sessions on their scalps. Nevertheless, some lasers stimulate hair growth when used to treat fine hair. Having that said, everybody has his or her own hair growth pattern that keeps changing over time. It can change anytime due to any internal or external factor. Some people start shedding hair with age while others will grow more hair over time due to hormonal changes. So one can never claim that after a laser session hair will never regrow, but blaming laser for growth of new hair is nothing more than a myth.
Myth: Lasers are equally effective for all hair types
Fact: Laser hair removal may not be equally effective for all considering the fact that everybody has different hair type and texture. Lasers work best on thick, coarse hair as compared to light colored fine hair. Besides that, your skin type and color also plays a vital role in determining the effectiveness of the treatment. Dark, thick hairs on light tone are best targeted by all types of laser.
Myth: Lasers will expose you to Harmful Radiations
Fact: All the FDA-accredited laser systems for removing unwanted hair have been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for not emitting harmful radiations. Laser beams work by transferring heat energy to the hair follicles to heat them up to a certain level where their ability to grow again is permanently disabled.
Myth: One Long Session can give Lasting Results
Fact: If you think so, sorry you have been strongly mistaken or misguided. It is literally not possible to get rid of all hair from a certain area in one session. No matter what speed and energy you use or how long you extend the session, it is impossible to permanently damage the roots of all the hairs in that area. Hairs on your body grow in different cycles and in different timings. While some hairs are actively growing, there will be others in dormant state. Laser beams target only the hairs that are actively growing on your body and not the follicles that are about to sprout new hairs. You will need multiple sessions – at least 6 to 7 sessions – to get the maximum results.
Myth: Laser Hair Removing involves a lot of pain and discomfort
Fact: Some individuals do feel discomfort during the treatment but it is never unbearable. Most of the individuals have reported the discomfort caused by laser treatment similar to pinprick sensations while others find it to cause mild sensations similar to snapping rubber band on the skin.
Myth: Lasers offer guaranteed permanent hair removal
Fact: While most of the candidates experience significant reduction in hair growth after a few treatment sessions, some need as many as 10 to 12 sessions to get desired results. But you can never expect guaranteed permanent hair loss in the treated areas. Everybody has his/her own hair growth pattern that keeps changing over time. So there is a possibility that you may start growing hair again in the treated area due to hormonal changes or any other factor. But that should not be taken as laser hair removal does not deliver. It is without any doubt the best hair removal technique being practiced all over the world.