Regardless of the constant increase in the popularity of laser hair removal, there are many myths surrounding the procedure that still prevent a huge number of people from opting for laser treatment. If you are also confused about whether you should go for laser hair removal or not, only because you have heard it is not safe or it is a very costly procedure, continue reading and you might change your mind about laser treatment.
Here are some common myths and facts about laser hair removal:
Myth: Results are the same for everybody
Fact: This is not true. The results of laser hair removal differ from person to person depending on the skin colour and the texture, type and colour of the hair you want to get rid of. Coarse and thick dark hairs are best treated with laser. On the other hand, light-coloured hairs respond the least to laser beams.
Myth: Laser hair removal is only for the face
Fact: Lasers can be used in almost any part of the body, from back to the arm, face to chest and bikini area to legs. Most commonly treated facial areas include upper lips and chin. On the body, you can effectively use lasers to remove unwanted hair from thighs, abdomen, back, chest, legs, arms, feet, hands and neck. Underarms and bikini areas are also the most commonly treated areas. Only it is not recommended for treatments around the eyes.
Myth: Laser is not effective on light hair and dark skin
Fact: Initially lasers were not recommended for people with darker skin, as they were at risk of skin burns. But now technology has become more advanced, as a result, we have lasers that work really well on people with dark skin and light hair. So, there are no limitations in laser hair removal anymore.
Myth: The procedure is very painful
Fact: In general, patients experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort, but one can easily bear the pain. Some patients also experience burning sensation but again it is also very mild and not out of patients’ pain bearing capacity. Most people compare these sensations with the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. If you get waxing or tweezing performed, you will find laser hair removal almost painless. Topical anesthesia is also used in the case of patients who have a low pain threshold.
Myth: The lasers can damage your internal organs
Fact: It is nothing more than hoop-la. The laser beam can’t move beyond a set limit. The laser used for the procedure can penetrate only up to a quarter mm into your skin, then reach the internal organs is just impossible. Laser hair removal is a very safe procedure that has been approved by the FDA.
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