Laser hair removal can be a great option for many patients who have hair growth issues and aggravation with shaving or remaining stubble. Laser hair removal can produce smooth skin on many areas of the body which can eliminate the need to shave and keep you worry free! There are many myths about laser hair removal that are simply untrue. Read on to uncover fact from fiction.
Is It Safe?
One of the most common concerns regarding laser hair removal is whether or not it is safe. The safety of the laser hair removal depends on the type of laser being used. If a certified dermatologist is performing the treatment, he or she should be using FDA-approved laser systems that have been deemed safe. Going to a random clinic may result in the use of lasers that are not FDA approved. It is best to check this during the first consultation visit so that future problems can be avoided.
Laser hair removal has been deemed a safe procedure that is commonly used by dermatologists. The side effects of the hair removal can depend on each individual’s hair. This includes the color and thickness of the hair, as well as the individual’s skin type. It has been found to be more difficult to remove hair that is red in color because of the pigments that create the color. The pigments are challenging for the laser to detect which may require a higher quality laser to remove the follicles. If an individual has gray or white hair, they are lacking pigments which cannot be detected and targeted by the laser.
Does the Laser Worsen Hair Growth?
Although many individuals think that removing the hair will cause more to grow at a faster rate in its place, this is simply not true. The same myth is often associated with other hair removal techniques like shaving and waxing, all untrue too. The laser hair removal process does not cause more hair to grow, but hair can grow in new locations as the body changes or develops during age. The laser beams will destroy the targeted hair follicles so that they no longer grow, but it cannot prevent new follicles from growing later on. It is also important to understand that the laser only targets those hair follicles that are in the active growth stage. As such, treatment will not immediately remove all of the hair growth in just one session. The hair will grow at different times and have different life cycles so the hair that is targeted during one treatment may not treat all of the possible hair that is on the particular are of the body. Several treatments are recommended for the best results.
Is Radiation a Concern?
A concern of many individuals is whether the laser that is utilized exposes the individual to radiation. The laser that has been approved by the FDA does not actually emit radiation. This concern is simply a myth because the light barriers of the laser do not emit radiation. Therefore, radiation is not a concern.
Lasers Don’t Work On Dark Skin Tones
While it’s true that individuals with darker skin tones tend to absorb more light because of the pigments in the skin, laser hair removal will still work on these individuals. In some cases, more treatments may be needed compared to those with fair skin. The strength of the laser can be adjusted to suit the individual patient and still be safe.
The Lasers Hurt
Patients generally find that the treatment is not uncomfortable. Some patients have experienced slight discomfort such as a pricking sensation, but no pain that they have been unable to endure. In fact, most patients have reported that waxing is more painful and liken the sensation of laser hair removal to that of a rubber band being snapped against the skin.
Laser hair removal can have many benefits to the patient and is a great painless hair removal option. The cost of laser hair removal depends on many factors including the size of the area being treated and the time the treatment takes. The number of sessions that are needed can also affect the cost, as well as the location of where the procedure is being done. The location can be influenced by the geographic area of the country that it is being performed in, as well as whether a doctor is performing the treatment.
To learn more about laser hair removal in Miami, Florida, contact nationally-acclaimed skincare experts Drs. Diane Walder and Stacy Chimento at 305-866-2177.