5 Myths About Laser Hair Removal Debunked- AFYA Skin and Body Clinic


Laser hair removal is one of the most popular skincare treatments and it’s the most effective treatment for removing unwanted hair from the face and body. It uses a pulsated light beam that targets the pigmentation in the base of the hair follicle, destroying it with a burst of heart. This treatment safely removed unwanted hair and has longer-lasting results than waxing or shaving.


Despite how simple and well known this treatment is, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about it out there. Let’s debunk some of the most common myths about laser hair removal!


Myth 1: It Only Works on Dark Hair

This myth is based a little on truth. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in hair follicles, so lighter colored hair is harder for the machine to read. However, laser hair removal can work for lighter hair as well. It’s also important to keep skin tone in mind. Darker hair on darker skin won’t show up as easily, and the laser may accidentally target the skin pigment rather than hair pigment. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair on light skin, but it can work for others as well. If you’re worried laser hair removal might not be right for you, you can always inquire about electrolysis!


Myth 2: It’s Not Permanent

Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal option, unlike waxing and shaving. However, it does take a few sessions to get all of the hair. How many sessions depends on the hair cycle of the treated area and the client’s skin and hair type. Often people will do the main sessions and then visit occasionally for maintenance every 5 years or so.


Myth 3: Laser Hair Removal is Painful

This myth is a little true, but it really depends on the person. These days laser hair removal machines have progressed with technological advancements and are no longer as painful as they used to be. We also apply topical numbing agents to reduce the pain. These days laser hair removal is nearly pain-free. There is also no downtime with this treatment. A few red bumps will appear in the area but will disappear shortly after treatment.


Myth 4: It Causes More Hair to Grow

For some reason, people cling to this myth that any hair removal treatment, whether it’s laser hair removal, waxing, plucking, or shaving, will make hair grow back thicker and darker. This is not true! Laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle, so there is no way it’s making it grow back. If it could, we’d have a cure for baldness!


Myth 5: You Only Need One Session

People are often shocked when they come in for a laser hair removal consultation and learn they’ll need multiple sessions. No, we’re not scamming you to get more money. It’s impossible to remove all hair from the targeted area in one go. Hair goes through a growth cycle, and not all of your hair grows at the same rate. That’s why it takes multiple sessions to get all of the follicles.


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