Top 5 Myths About Laser Hair Removal

The Top 5 myths About Laser Hair Removal

Are you considering laser hair removal, but are skeptical about whether it is the right treatment for you? You’re not alone. There are many myths and misconceptions about laser hair removal. In this blog post, we will dispel the Top 5 myths about laser hair removal and help you make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for you!

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to target and destroy hair follicles. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional methods of hair removal, such as shaving, waxing, and plucking. Due to its effectiveness, it is quickly becoming a popular way to remove unwanted facial and body hair.

The Top 5 Myths About Laser Hair Removal

Unfortunately, as laser hair removal becomes more popular, so do some harmful myths about this common practice.  Let’s take a look at the Top Five Myths about Laser Hair Removal:

Myth #1: Laser Hair Removal is Temporary

Fact: Laser hair removal is a permanent method of hair removal. This is because the laser targets the hair follicle and destroys it, preventing the hair from growing back. The exception to this, however, is when hair growth is due to hormonal changes in women. During your consultation, we can help you determine whether you can expect permanent results.

woman laying on spa table having laser hair removal performed on her legs

Myth #2: Laser Hair Removal Provides Instant Results

Fact: There is no such thing as “instant results” when it comes to laser hair removal. It typically takes multiple sessions to achieve desired results. This is because all hair grows through a three-part life cycle and these life cycles are staggered. Laser hair treatment only damages hair follicles in the growth stage. Since there are different hairs that are in this stage at different times, it means that you will need multiple treatments to achieve the complete results.

Myth #3: Laser Hair Removal Only Works on Light Skin

Fact: Laser hair removal can be used on all skin types. However, it is most effective on light skin with dark hair. This is because laser hair removal does tend to work better in cases where there is a high amount of contrast between the hair follicle and skin. Nevertheless, laser hair removal can be used on all skin types and tones.

Myth #4: Laser Hair Removal is Painful

Fact: There is some discomfort associated with laser hair removal, but it is typically described as a “tingling” or “stinging” sensation. Most patients find the discomfort to be tolerable and manageable. Nowadays laser hair treatment is customized for your skin type, which decreases the risk of serious side effects, like scars or burns. Additionally, cooling agents are also commonly used to provide relief to the skin around the treatment area.

Myth #5: Laser Hair Removal is Dangerous

Fact: Laser hair removal is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure. Despite the fact that some people believe laser hair removal exposes one to radiation, this is not true. While it is true that laser hair removal uses specific wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin, none of these are associated with radiation. Additionally, complications from laser hair removal are rare and typically mild, such as temporary redness, swelling, and/or blistering.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have dispelled the Top 5 Myths about laser hair removal. We hope that this has helped you make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for you! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on your journey to flawless skin!

Lee A. Kleiman

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.