Most individuals will remove unwanted hair through shaving, waxing, tweezing, or by use of chemical creams, but unfortunately, these hair reduction methods are usually only temporary. Laser hair reduction treatment is one of the best ways to remove unwanted hair, but in the years since treatment has become more popular, many have come to believe certain myths about laser hair reduction that leave many uninformed about the true benefits of treatment.
Here are five myths about laser hair reduction, debunked.
Myth #1: Treatment occurs in just one session
Many people think that laser hair reduction is a one-and-done treatment, but in fact, all your hair follicles are in different phases of the growth cycle at any given time, which means that you may have to go back for repeat sessions until all hair follicles have been effectively treated. However, if you compare the benefits of laser hair reduction to traditional methods of hair removal, note that a few extra visits to the clinic is much more convenient than a lifetime of shaving, waxing, or plucking several times per week or month.
Myth #2: You still need to shave between sessions
In most cases, your aesthetician or cosmetic surgeon will recommend that you do not shave at all between laser hair reduction treatments. During treatment, the beam of light generated by the laser is absorbed by pigments in your hair, so the darker your hair, the more effective treatment will be. Avoid shaving your hair between sessions to increase your success rate. Your cosmetic surgeon will also provide you with recommendations about how to handle unwanted hair between laser treatments.
Myth #3: Laser hair reduction is painful
Thanks to advancements in medical technology, laser hair reduction today is nearly painless, and poses no feelings of discomfort for most of those who seek treatment. Many patients describe the hair reduction sensation as being similar to a rubber band being snapped against their skin, and is a lot less painful than waxing or dealing with ingrown hairs if you typically shave. During your initial consultation for laser hair reduction, mention your concerns about pain to your surgeon, who can then provide you with more detailed information regarding the nature of the procedure.
Myth #4: Treatment works effectively on all hair colors
Since dark hair is better at absorbing the laser light, laser hair reduction works best on dark hairs, and is often less effective for those with blond, gray, or white hairs. Also, since the energy from the laser is transferred directly to the hair follicle itself, you cannot trick the laser into thinking your hair is darker if you use hair darkening lotions or creams. Your aesthetician or cosmetic surgeon will be able to inform you whether laser hair treatment is ideal for you based on your hair color.
Myth #5: Treated hair will never grow back after reduction
While laser hair reduction is meant to significantly reduce and minimize the amount of unwanted hair on your body, it may not completely eliminate the hairs permanently. Some individuals will have hair growth cycles start over as they grow older, which is rare, but does happen. In most cases, those who seek laser hair reduction are wholly satisfied with results following multiple hair reduction sessions.
Do you want to eliminate unwanted hair from your body through laser hair reduction? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for achieving beautiful skin.