Sep 08 2014
Zapping the Myths Around Laser Hair Removal

With the growing popularity of laser hair removal, there are new laser clinics opening every day and the internet is crowded with myths and urban legends about the process and results.

As laser hair removal specialists, we are uniquely positioned to educate clients and those thinking about laser hair removal and introduce some clarity around some of the many misconceptions.

Myth: All lasers are created equal

With the advent of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) machines, many companies purport that laser hair removal has never been more accessible. However, IPL was designed to assist with cosmetic skin issues, not hair removal. It can assist in hair reduction but as it is an unfocused light, caution is required as serious damage to the surrounding skin can result.

On the other hand, medical lasers are a focused laser beam, specifically designed to target the hair follicle, not the entire surface area of the skin.

Furthermore, there are different types of medical lasers that are designed for varying skin types so it’s important that the correct one (or a suitable combination) is used for your skin type.

  • Alexandrite Lasers are designed to treat fair to mid-toned skin with medium to coarse dark hair.
  • Nd Yag is used to treat darker skin types with coarse dark hair.
  • Diode is used to treat fair to mid-toned skin and can also treat dark fine hair.

Myth: Laser hair removal is painful

Individual sensations will vary, but laser hair removal works by using heat from light to remove the hair. Proper treatment will include cooling of the skin throughout the process but it’s important to only see a trained therapist at a specialist clinic.

Myth: Laser hair removal is not suitable for bikini lines

When in the hands of a trained therapist, the laser can be used on any area, including this one. In fact, this is one of the most popular areas of treatment for women.

Myth: Laser hair removal doesn’t work on dark skin

As mentioned earlier, the appropriate medical laser(s) can be used by a qualified specialist to perform treatment on darker skin tones. Your therapist will be able to determine which combination of treatments is suitable for your skin tone.

Myth: Laser hair removal takes years of treatment to see any result

Generally speaking, treatments over a 12 month period at 6-10 week intervals will see permanent hair reduction, if performed by a trained specialist. Visible results are usually seen much earlier than this but it’s important to have accurate expectations.

Myth: Laser hair removal affects fertility

The laser is designed to focus on the hair follicle and does not go deeper than the skin, certainly not deep enough to affect any organs.

Myth: Laser hair removal actually stimulates hair growth

Some people believe that because you must shave before treatment, this will result in stimulation of hair growth. However, the laser treatment will slow the growth of hair and any growth will be subsequently thinner each time. Eventually, hair growth should be almost non-existent.

Myth: Laser hair removal is expensive compared to waxing and shaving

In the initial stages, the upfront cost of laser treatment will be higher than the cost of razors, wax and related items. However, in the long term you will actually save on the cost of these consumables as you won’t need them!

Laser hair removal is a clinical procedure and it’s extremely important to seek a consultation from trained therapists.

When done correctly, safely and hygienically, laser hair removal is a very worthwhile procedure that can save lots of time, money and effort in the long run.

Book your FREE laser hair removal consultation with one of our clinics today we can solve your unwanted hair concerns! Call (02) 8323 7510 or book online now!

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