Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. Due to its ability to provide quick, safe and near-permanent results, laser hair removal has gained traction as a long-term solution to unwanted hair growth.
However, even after decades of proven success, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding the safety and efficacy of this procedure. In this article, we’ve listed 5 popular laser hair removal myths and helped to debunk them.
Myth #1: Laser hair removal is painful
One of the most common questions clients ask before undergoing the procedure is: “Does laser hair removal hurt?” While it makes perfect sense to assume that laser hair removal will be painful, we’re happy to report that this is not the case!
While laser hair removal usually does involve a small amount of discomfort, the general consensus amongst many clients who have undergone the procedure is that it hurts far less than they expected. Clients commonly compare the sensation of laser hair removal to that of having rubber bands repeatedly snapping against their skin.
Most clinics offering laser hair removal (including our staff at Bare) also offer skin numbing solutions during the treatment. Numbing allows clients who are apprehensive about undergoing laser hair removal to have better peace of mind should they be concerned about pain. At Bare, our diode laser has both a chilled sapphire tip and cold ultrasound gel that serve to cool the skin and minimize discomfort.
We recommend that all clients shave at least a day prior to receiving treatment, as any stubble or residual hair can cause the laser to “snap” more. Note that recent waxing or plucking is not advised as the laser needs a hair follicle to be present in order to effectively target and kill it.
Myth #2: Laser hair removal is effective on all types of hair
Diode lasers, like the Alma Soprano XL and the Palomar Vectus we use at Bare, are very effective and can be used on all skin types. However, desired results are achieved faster and more completely on darker, coarser hair follicles.
Laser hair removal is not nearly as effective for thin, vellus hair (like peach fuzz). Similarly, diode lasers are not very effective on blonde or grey hair. For these cases, alternative treatments like electrolysis, waxing, or shaving may be better alternatives.
Myth #3: Laser hair removal’s effects aren’t permanent
Another common question clients ask is: “Is laser hair removal permanent?”
While complete hairlessness is difficult to achieve, today’s laser technology allows for 80-90% of hair to be permanently removed and prevented from growing back. That’s a huge difference compared to having 100% of your natural hair come back every time you shave or wax!
How does this work, you ask?
Laser hair removal causes the hair follicles to heat enough that they are killed. Once killed, that hair follicle can never grow back again.
That said, over time, it’s possible for new hair follicles to “sprout” up. This is especially common as hormones change (for example, during pregnancy). In these cases, a “touch up” treatment or two may be required.
Myth #4: Laser hair removal only requires one session
If anyone says that laser hair removal only requires one session, this is definitely a myth.
While you will begin to see results after your first appointment, laser hair removal typically requires around six treatments for the maximum level of permanent hair removal (around 70-80%) to occur. This is because hair follicles can only be targeted at a specific stage of the hair growth cycle, meaning that not all individual hairs will be at the same stage at the time of each treatment session.
These sessions can vary in time and length, depending on the size of the targeted area and the overall amount of hair growth. However, the average time lapses between each session is typically six weeks.
Myth #5: Laser hair removal is unsafe
Many clients also ask us: “Is laser hair removal safe?”
While it’s expected that clients will question the safety of laser hair removal, the procedure is entirely safe and effective when performed by a certified, experienced laser hair removal technician. It is critical that your provider understands how to use appropriate settings for your individual skin type to achieve maximum results as safely as possible.
Before proceeding with laser hair removal, your laser hair removal clinic should assess your medical history and review any current health conditions. This will help mitigate the risk of any potential side effects, as well as ensure that any possible health risks are addressed.
Any technician performing laser hair removal should also have undergone all proper training to operate medical lasers before applying the treatment. At Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal, all of our certified laser technicians have extensive hands-on training with each of our lasers and work under the supervision of Dr. Dominic Tolitano.
To maximize all patients’ safety, all technicians are also equipped with protective eyewear during treatment. And to ensure safety following COVID-19, all of Bare’s staff will also be wearing face coverings at all times, disinfecting the office after each visit, providing hand sanitizer and spacing scheduled appointments apart to allow for all sanitization measures to be done satisfactorily.
Contact Bare Today
We hope you enjoyed our article and that we’ve helped debunk some of the most popular laser hair removal myths out there!To learn more about our laser hair removal services or how we can help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin, contact Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal for a free consultation today!