If your or someone that you know is considering dabbling in laser hair removal, or taking a drastic plunge, you may have questions. For anyone looking for laser hair removal, here are some common misconceptions cleared up.
It Is Really Painful to Do
Although when laser hair removal first began it had its naysayers, the devices used have come a long way since then. As invasive as it sounds, the lasers don’t actually cut into or tear your skin when performing the hair removal. Also, many modern lasers have a cooling anesthetic that they emit via airflow over the area being worked on to act as painless body hair remover. Although there will be discomfort, the feeling is far less strong than something like tweezing, and technology is built up around making it far more comfortable than people assume.
Not All Skin Types Are Compatible
For one reason or another, it’s become a common belief that certain skin types and skin pigments don’t respond to laser hair removal. There are two main laser treatments that are used currently, one of which targets pigment and another which targets blood. Lasers that target blood are perfectly capable of working with both light and dark skin and hair. Certain laser types are better for different skin and hair pigments, so it can be helpful to consult with your doctor before getting treatment. Overall, all types are perfectly capable of receiving effective treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Is Permanent
This is a tricky misconception. While laser hair removal is not permanent, the effects are long lasting. Some types of hair removal last up to three months, while others last up to three years, all depending on the area of the body that is being worked on and the equipment being used. Overall, though, the idea that the effects are permanent is simply untrue.
Treatment Takes Forever
The first laser treatment will be relatively longer. This is true because it is the first initial plunge, and that means a great deal of removal work to do. However, each treatment after that one will be less and less time consuming. Hair grows in different cycles, so while hair at the first session is removed, another set of hair may be making its way to the surface unseen. Follow up sessions for LINK take a fraction of the time of the initial visit, which continues to be true if you continue to pursue treatment over time.