While most people love the summer months, they do come with some special concerns, like looking great in that swimsuit, taking extra care when it comes to sun damage prevention, and maintaining unwanted leg hair. During the winter, many women don’t bother keeping their legs smooth, since long pants or tights often make shaving or waxing unnecessary. For some women, unwanted hair is even more of a concern in other areas, especially the face. Let’s face it: routine hair removal is a major pain, whether it’s accomplished with waxing, shaving, or plucking.
Laser hair removal is a popular solution to the hassle of daily shaving, but many people are nervous about taking the next step and moving forward with the treatment. If you don’t know much about laser hair removal, then it’s normal to be nervous about it. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there that could be affecting your decision to not take the next step. What have you heard about the treatment?
Here are some myths about laser hair removal that should be cleared up right away.
Myth: It’s unsafe
Laser hair removal is a very safe treatment, rarely resulting in complications. Specialized lasers today are very gentle and target the hair and the hair follicles, not the skin. The treatment is appropriate for a range of healthy patients, and most people are eligible for laser hair removal. With that said, candidacy will always be evaluated by a reputable provider, and you should always look into the laser being used by your chosen provider. While some people think that lasers used in hair removal emit radiation, FDA approved lasers do not expose patients to radiation.
Myth: It can only be used for the legs
Modern laser treatments are so gentle and effective, that they can be performed on nearly any area of the body for resolving unwanted hair. Popular areas for treatment include the legs, face, arms, and armpits.
Myth: It’s very painful
Most people who undergo laser hair removal compare the discomfort to that of a series of rubber band snaps, hot grease, or pinpricks. Many patients find the treatments uncomfortable, but not painful. If you are sensitive to pain, you can talk to your provider about ways to reduce your discomfort during the treatments. Some people do not experience pain at all during laser hair removal!
Myth: It works the same for all skin and hair types
The effectiveness of laser hair treatments does depend on the pigment in the skin and hair. Dark skin or light hair can make it more difficult for the laser to target the hair and hair follicles, so patients with these characteristics may need more treatments. Red hair is very difficult to remove, and white or gray hair may not be treatable with laser hair removal. Tanned and dark skin makes the hair blend in more, making it more difficult to target. While the risks are small with modern lasers, skin discoloration can occur, especially in tanned or dark skin with any laser treatment, and this should be discussed before proceeding.
Myth: You only need one treatment
No one can get rid of all unwanted hair in just one laser hair removal session, even if the session is especially long. This is due to the way hair grows. Hair follicles are not all active at once, and growth occurs in cycles, with a portion of hair follicles dormant at any given time. For this reason, good results from hair removal require several treatments spaced a few months apart, in order to target each hair growth cycle and destroy as many follicles as possible.
Myth: Your hair will NEVER come back
Laser hair removal treatments are highly effective and can eradicate most unwanted hair with an adequate number of sessions, but touch-up sessions may be required down the line if dormant hairs emerge or if new hair follicles form. However, hair follicles destroyed by laser treatments will never produce more hair.
Myth: There are strict regulations for providers of laser treatments
Unfortunately, regulations on laser treatment providers vary greatly by state and are often lax at best. This puts the consumer at risk for relatively untrained providers offering treatments such as permanent hair removal. Because of this, you will need to be very careful when selecting the professional to perform your treatments.
Set Yourself up for Success
If you choose to pursue laser hair removal treatments, you should only trust an experienced laser expert to provide your treatment sessions. You will be setting yourself up for success if you choose a highly trained professional, such as a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, to assist you. Dr. Diane Walder is a Miami-area skin and laser expert whose expertise is often called upon for major publications such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Glamour. Dr. Walder is renowned for her skill and professionalism, boasting a distinguished clientele. To learn more about hair removal with Dr. Walder and her associates, call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your appointment.