7 Debunked Myths About Laser Hair Removal

Almost everyone has body hair, but you don't have to enjoy it. If you're weary of fighting unwanted hair with shaving, waxing, plucking, or harsh hair-removing chemicals, laser hair removal may be for you. Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses light energy to inhibit hair growth.

Even though it has grown in popularity in recent years due to its easy, efficient, and, in most cases, painless method of removal, there are still many myths and misconceptions about the procedure. Here is a list of seven debunked myths about laser hair removal

1. You need only one procedure of laser hair removal 

Because hair grows in cycles, 6-8 laser hair removal sessions are required before long-term improvements may be seen. Even so, the treatment is not guaranteed to be permanent. Long-term hair growth can be influenced by hormones and genetics, however, laser hair removal can significantly reduce hair growth.

2. Laser hair removal is painful

Laser hair removal, when performed by a board-certified specialist, should cause little to no discomfort and is far less unpleasant than tweezing, waxing, or getting a tattoo. The degree of pain a person experiences is determined by the location of the body being treated as well as their ability to cope with the pain. Patients can choose to take a topical anesthetic before the treatment, and when they do, laser hair removal feels like a light rubber band snapping across the skin.

3. Laser hair removal causes hair to overgrow thicker and more often.

Laser hair removal doesn’t cause hair to thicken. In fact, every treatment should result in a decrease in hair growth of 10% to 25%. At each session, there is a clear decline in hair density, thickness, and growth rate. Hair that finally comes back is often finer and lighter than before, so regions that were previously painful may be less irritating even after the hair grows back.

4. Laser hair removal doesn’t work with dark skin

It used to be that it would not work on dark skin, but thanks to recent scientific improvements, hair may now be removed from darker skin. Before any procedures, always confirm that the hair removal center has the most modern systems and that they are completely licensed and competent.

5. Laser hair removal is only available to women

Many people believe that laser hair removal is solely for women, but men may benefit from it as well. For both men and women, common locations for laser hair removal include:

  • Upper lip, sideburns, and face

  • The neck and chest

  • Back, shoulders, and armpits

  • Bikini line

  • Legs

One of the few areas where it is not recommended to undergo laser hair removal is around your eyelids. 

6. Ingrown hairs are caused by laser hair removal.

Ingrown hairs often occur after shaving or waxing, but not after a laser hair removal treatment. This procedure targets hair follicles to remove body hair from the roots. Because the laser used in this treatment damages the hair bulb, your hair does not regrow. In contrast to the misconception surrounding laser hair removal, this procedure really reduces ingrown hair.

7. Summer is not the season for laser hair removal

Many people believe that laser hair removal cannot be performed during the summer because of previous troubles with tanned skin and the necessity to protect the skin from sun exposure following treatment. However, with contemporary equipment and methods, laser hair removal may be conducted safely all year. In order to save time and look their best, many people are especially interested in laser hair removal during the summer.