Body hair is a fact of life, and excess body hair is a fact – and headache – for many. There are several options for removing body hair, from shaving and waxing to harsh-smelling chemicals, but these aren’t long-term solutions. If you’re tired of spending unnecessary time and money removing unwanted body hair, then you should really consider laser hair removal. We will debunk myths about laser hair removal treatment and convince you it’s the way to go!
What is laser hair removal?
Using a handheld device, an aesthetician is able to reduce your hair growth using light energy. The device has a laser that emits light which is absorbed by the melanin – or pigment – in the hair. Once absorbed, the light is converted to heat, which then damages the hair follicles that produce the hairs, inhibiting or delaying hair growth.
What are the most common laser hair removal myths?
You might have heard of laser hair removal and even considered going for treatment, but something has been holding you back. No doubt it’s one of these unfounded myths that we’re going to debunk for you now.
Myth #1: Laser hair removal is painful
Pain is difficult to translate, as different people find different experiences painful, but when it comes to hair removal, you really don’t need to worry! In fact, if you’ve ever waxed your body hair, then you will find laser hair removal to be a much milder experience. For the process, technicians use photo thermolysis to heat the hair follicles, causing a warming sensation on the skin. If you’re sensitive, a numbing cream can be applied to reduce the sensitivity, with cooling equipment available for post-treatment. The other great thing about laser hair removal is that the treatment is so quick, it will be over before you know it.
Myth #2: Laser hair removal is only for women
As with many aesthetic treatments, the misconception is that they’re for women only when, in reality, men can benefit just as much. It’s essentially just a way to remove unwanted hair, wherever it may be. Laser hair removal can be used to treat unwanted hair on the:
- Back, shoulders, and underarms
- Face, sideburns, and upper lip
- Neck and chest
- Bikini area
Myth #3: Laser hair removal is expensive
If you sit and add up the cost of monthly waxes, razor blades, and other short-term hair removal solutions, you will quickly be astounded at what you’re paying annually, never mind over a lifetime. While the price of laser hair removal may initially appear more costly, it’s by far one of the more cost-effective solutions as it offers permanent results. This means big savings in the long run.
Myth #4: Laser hair removal is unsafe
As with any technical aesthetic treatment, laser hair removal has to be performed by a qualified and experienced technician. When this is done, the treatment is safe! Most people are eligible for laser hair removal and can enjoy a safe and effective treatment, with a reputable technician performing an evaluation ahead of time. If you do suffer any health complications, it’s always advisable to consult with a medical professional, no matter the treatment option.
Myth #5: Laser hair removal only works on lighter skin
Modern laser hair removal systems will work effectively on all skin types. While it is true that the results are initially more obvious on those with darker hair and fairer skin, laser hair will still work on clients with a darker skin tone or fairer hair. This is because of the many technological advances in this particular field.
Myth #6: Laser hair removal takes ages to work
Once again, technological advancements mean that laser hair removal treatments are much more effective from the first round. Because of the hair growth cycles, you will probably require a few sessions for permanent hair reduction which is evident from around four to six months. This is because the laser is only able to target hair follicles in the growth phase, so expect around four to six treatments over a few weeks.
Myth #7: Laser hair removal doesn’t last
As mentioned, you will require a few sessions for long-term hair reduction, so don’t expect to be completely smooth from the first session. After around four to six treatments, you can expect to see a reduction of up to 95% of the targeted body hair, with most people not having hair growth thereafter.
Myth #8: Laser hair removal causes ingrown hairs
Some people are more prone to ingrown hairs than others, but contrary to what some might think, laser hair removal is actually beneficial for people who experience ingrown. It is an effective way to reduce the existence of ingrown hairs, as well as folliculitis, and razor bumps.
Where to get laser hair removal treatment?
Allure Laser and Skin Studio is Mackay’s most trusted medical cosmetic clinic for good reason! The experienced team of professionals use one of the most advanced Diode lasers in the world – the Cynosure Vectus Laser. This precise machine is able to treat stem cells within the hair follicle for the most effective hair removal treatment. You’re also assured minimal discomfort with the cooling Zimmer Chiller™️ after treatment to decrease the thermal relaxation time. There’s no more need for shaving, waxing, or electrolysis after enjoying the laser hair removal treatment from Allure Laser and Skin Studio.