Myth 1: Laser hair removal is extremely painful.
Wrong! Though laser hair removal may feel like being smacked by a rubber band on the skin, it is not very painful as you might think. Imagine plucking several hairs with a tweezer. (It’s not that bad. Trust us!) It is also important to inform your technician about your tolerance against pain. In some cases, they may have to adjust the intensity of the laser to a lower degree or put numbing cream on the area to help reduce pain. We recommend going to a professional salon or clinic if you want a hassle free experience.
Myth 2: My hair will not grow back after laser hair removal.
Debunked! Different people have different reactions to laser hair removal. Most of the time, hair that has been zapped away by a laser will not grow back. Although in some cases, they may start sprouting again, albeit fewer and thinner, as you age or as you undergo hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy (like Kim Kardashian!). When this happens, you may need to repeat the procedure. But don’t worry! The smooth skin and hair-free result you get from laser hair removal generally lasts for a long period of time. And if you are fortunate enough, you may never have to worry about this at all!
Myth 3: A session of laser hair removal takes hours to complete.
Exposed! Hair removal only takes about 20 or 30 minutes per session depending on the vastness of the area to be treated and the type of procedure or laser that will be used to remove the hairs. That’s faster than having to wait for takeaway or pizza to be delivered to your doorstep!
Myth 4: Laser hair removal is not safe as you are exposed to radiation.
Incorrect! The laser system has been approved by the FDA and has been proven safe for removing unwanted hair from the body. It is true that there is radiation within the laser; however, it is only contained in between the light barriers. Lasers do not emit or discharge radiation that can harm a person, making laser hair removal safe! Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask your clinic about the kind of laser they use or about the equipment they have and if it has been certified to be safe for use.
Myth 5: My hairs can all be removed in one session.
Dispelled! Permanent hair removal will require more than one laser session as hair growth occurs at different stretches of time. As such, it cannot all be removed at once. Laser hair removal takes a lot of sessions for the reduction of hair to become apparent. Also, it can depend on the type of skin color, hair color and hair type you have. Those with fewer hairs may get the smooth skin they want just within two to three visits. However, the average number of sessions needed to see permanent results is four to ten depending on the body area.
Myth 6: Laser hair removal works with any skin and hair type.
Busted! There are many types of lasers designed to perform hair removal on different types of skin tone, hair type and hair color. Not all laser types are suited for all individuals. For example, intense pulsed light (IPL) lasers only work well on light skinned people with dark hair, and may not work for people with darker skin tones or people with a light hair color. The Alexandrite laser is also suited for those with light to olive-toned skin but is more widely used since it is the fastest type of laser and it can be used to effectively treat larger areas of the body. If you have darker skin, nd:Yag lasers are more suitable for you as this type of laser has a deeper wavelength that bypasses the skin and directly targets the hair. It is important to find a good clinic with professional doctors and technicians who can determine which type of laser is the best match for you.