Tired of constant waxing, threading and shaving body hair of your skin? These methods are tiresome because they must be done repeatedly, and they’re unbearable for many. Now with Laser hair treatment in the picture, there’s hope for less pain and a better alternative to traditional methods. However, there are many myths going around about this technique, here are a few that need to be busted so that you can make an informed choice!
Myth No. 1: Laser hair removal is not safe.
Fact: According to FDA, certain hair removal systems are approved. It all depends on the dermatologist you visit. S/he should be a board-certified dermatologist using one of the FDA-accredited laser systems. Laser hair removal safety depends on the type of laser system your dermatologist is using, so make sure you check on it thoroughly. Also, it is often advised to invest in a safer system than a cheaper laser system to help avoid any complication during and after laser hair removal treatment.
Myth No. 2: Laser hair removal causes cancer.
Fact: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, laser hair removal procedure is sometimes used to treat certain forms of precancerous lesions. Laser hair removal treatments are specifically designed to pass through the skin cells and target only the hair follicles that reside deep within the skin.
It is ionising radiation that poses a risk of cancer, which is quite different from the kind used in laser hair treatment. The laser that is used in hair removal procedures has a minimal amount of radiation. Plus, the minimal amount is only being exacted on the surface of the skin. So, it is not harmful, and you can rest assured that the laser hair removal therapy does not cause skin cancer.
Myth No. 3: Guarantee to remove hair forever
Fact: The success of laser hair removal procedures is related to many variables, some of which include your hair type and it’s thickness, width, colour, and your genes. The type of laser, amount of energy used in the laser, skill of the laser treatment practitioner can be the criteria too.
The procedures can reduce the hair counts from 40% up to 80%. While this procedure cannot guarantee complete removal of hair in all cases, but it is an effective treatment to reduce and eliminate hair growth.
Some people experience no hair growth after the laser hair removal procedure. There are a few who experience a significant reduction of hair growth after a few sessions, while others need significantly more number of sessions with their dermatologists.
Myth No. 4: Laser hair removal during summer is not possible.
Fact: Laser is not sun-intolerant. So, you can get this procedure done during the summer. However, it is to be noted that if you have a dark tan, it can affect the laser’s ability to target your hair follicles. Although with latest laser systems, people with darker skin face no issue as lasers work quite effectively. Tans might be a hindrance; Dermatologist may not be able to use a stronger setting of the laser on your skin due to your tan, so you might have to visit for a few extra treatments. It is better to speak to your dermatologist and ask what you can expect from laser hair removal treatments while you have a tan.
Note: You should avoid going out in the sun or get a tan within 72 hours of your treatment, before or after. Otherwise, you could experience burns, scarring, and/or skin damage.
Myth No. 5: Laser hair removal causes infertility.
Fact: There are no reported cases that prove laser hair removal causing infertility. Lasers only penetrate the skin cells while targeting only the hair follicles and do not reach or affect any other organs. This procedure is safe, even in sensitive areas such as the groin. However, It is recommended not to conduct this procedure during pregnancy due to the fact that the effect of laser hair removal procedures during pregnancy is unclear.
Busting the myths of laser hair removal and its side effects must have given you a clear picture of laser hair removal treatment. You can easily see for yourself how baseless these notions are. Widespread, but unwarranted as these myths are, one should confidently opt for Laser Hair Removal Treatment.
However, your risks skyrocket if you use an at-home laser kit or if you seek treatment from a dermatologist who isn’t trained and board-certified. It is necessary to have the treatment done by an approved and expert dermatologist to ensure complete safety.