Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted hair by destroying hair follicles with pulses of laser light. Even though laser hair removal is widely used by dermatologists and estheticians, there are still some misconceptions about the procedure. Here are just a few myths about laser hair removal:
Myth #1 – Ouch! Laser hair removal hurts
While laser hair removal might sting a little bit every once and awhile, it’s definitely not painful. More advanced lasers can even use cooling to reduce the pain. If you’re particularly sensitive, you can take an ibuprofen prior to getting the procedure.
Myth #2 – Laser hair removal takes forever
The length of the session depends on the area you’re treating. Most sessions last about 20 to 30 minutes, which is nothing compared to the amount of time you spend shaving or waxing.
Myth #3 – If the area isn’t completely smooth immediately after, it didn’t work
Laser hair removal doesn’t work immediately like waxing and shaving. Your hair will continue to shed for three weeks after being treated and you will need a few treatments to completely reduce the hair because it grows in cycles.
Myth #4 – You never have to shave again after laser hair removal
While most women don’t have to shave for years after laser hair removal, some women do have hair grow back. However, the hair is finer and lighter than it was before.
Myth #5 – Laser hair removal causes irritations
Laser hair removal is actually suggested for people who suffer from folliculitis and razor bumps. While it might cause redness initially, it shouldn’t cause bumps or ingrown hairs.
Schedule your laser hair consultation with Mystic Valley Dermatology today by requesting an appointment online!