Myths & Facts About Laser Hair Removal!

The LaseAway team receives many patients who have heard incorrect information concerning Laser Hair Removal. In the next few posts I will address a series of these misconceptions.

Myth #1: Laser Hair Removal can actually cause more hair to grow.

The Truth: If this myth were indeed true, we’d have a cure for baldness. There is no way a laser can create more hair. The important thing to keep in mind is that our bodies are constantly changing and as we age, some people will lose body hair and some may grow more in new places. Laser can destroy your actively growing hair follicles but cannot prevent dormant follicles from developing.

Myth #2: Laser Hair Removal works the same for all hair types.

The Truth: It’s important to meet with a technician to determine what sort of results you can expect beforehand. Results vary by hair color, skin type and person. Red hair is more difficult, though not impossible, to remove and white and grey hair cannot be removed with laser treatment. This fact is due to these hair colors actually lack pigment, it’s not possible for the lasers to identify the hair follicles and destroy them.

Myth #3: Laser Hair Removal exposes you to radiation.

The Truth: The laser emits no radiation. While there is radiation in between the light barriers of the laser, it does not exit that space and is in no way harmful to the recipient of laser hair removal.

Myth #4: Permanent hair removal can be completed in one long session.

The Truth: It is impossible to get rid of hair growth in just one session, no matter what a clinic may tell you. Hair has different cycles and will grow in at different times so it cannot all be targeted all at once. The only way to effectively destroy all hair follicles is to wait for them to grow in, and target them with the laser. Obviously, this can only be done over time.

Things to know before committing to Laser Hair Removal…
First of all, we recommend a consultation with one of our specialists before engaging in any laser hair removal session. We will evaluate your hair and skin color and inform you of your expected results and provide you with realistic expectations. If you take any medications, mention this to your consulting technician because some medications cannot be combined with laser treatment.

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