Busting laser hair removal myths
There are various myths on the Net about the use of laser for permanent hair removal. Although it’s been around for quite some time now, the technology seems a little mysterious to some people.
Here are the myths and facts we collected.
Myth 1: Dark skin people are not a good candidates for laser
Fact: Darker skins absorb more laser light than lighter skins. It’s more difficult to target hair follicles, and Indian skin people usually require more sessions. However, this is no longer a problem due to the new lasers and the latest equipment available in the market. Operator experience counts too.
Myth 2: Laser causes blisters and burns
Fact: Occasional burns may occur, especially among people with dark skin; but they’re rare and always temporary.
Myth 3: I’m a vegetarian. Laser hair removal is not for me
Fact: Nonsense. Some foods that contain β-Carotene beta carotene make the skin a little more yellowish than usual. The additional pigmentation absorbs laser radiation and not enough light reaches the hair follicle. Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and pumpkins are rich in β-Carotene.
Myth 4: Anybody can benefit from a laser hair removal treatment
Fact: Laser treatments are not for everyone. Unless your hair is darker than the skin, you won’t experience satisfactory results.
Myth 5: Laser hair removal prices are too expensive
Fact: It’s very effective treatment requires several sessions; the darker the skin, the more sessions needed. However, laser hair removal usually costs less than other permanent solutions, like electrolysis. Many laser clinic offer prepaid discounted laser packages in Melbourne.
Myth 6: It’s a guaranteed method
Fact: Some people experience a significant hair growth reduction after a few sessions; others need longer treatments. There are no guarantees, because the effectiveness of the treatment depends on several factors: skin color, hair color, hair width, type of laser, amount of energy, skills and expertise of the practitioner, genes, etc.
Myth 7: Laser hair removal is not recommended for children
Fact: Children over 12 yo can be successfully treated with laser with adult supervision and consent. Children can be treated, for example if they have a congenital nevus or other problem with excessive hair, but the children must be old enough to understand and cooperate with treatment.
Myth 8: It’s painful
Fact: Some patients feel a mild discomfort. Most people report pinprick-like sensations, but not pain. Laser hair removal is far less painful than waxing and women survive waxing. Ask yourself: Would you like to endure warm waxing for the rest of your life or a few sessions of slight discomfort?
Myth 9: Laser hair removal is not for man
Fact: Quite opposite! More and more men who are concerned about hair on the back, shoulders and the belly area are opting for this procedure. For most men, painful treatments like waxing are out of question and they usually prefer laser hair removal because it offers fast and long-term results.
Myth 10. Hair grows back thicker and darker after laser
Fact: One of the most common hair removal myth. Your laser technician will shave the desired area. If treated area contain a mixture of the dark coarse hair and “peach fuzz” (the extremely fine and colorless hairs that cover a lot of our body) your hairs tend to grow back thicker, darker, and faster with every shave. The fine hairs that were once unnoticeable may now start to appear darker upon return, which can create the illusion that more hair is beginning to grow after having laser treatment. Some studies also suggest that hair growth can be caused by extremely low intensity laser or under treatment IPL procedure.