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7 Myths About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an intriguing treatment. With a powerful pulse of light, it can eradicate your hair! If you’re sick of shaving unwanted hair on your body, it makes sense to consider this treatment. Chances are you’ve also heard some laser hair removal myths that might make you reconsider. 

In this post, we’ll bust all of the common myths, to give you a deeper understanding of how laser hair removal works so you can decide if it’s the right treatment for you. 

It’s Very Painful

Nope! Laser hair removal hurts, but it’s not as bad as people imagine. It’s usually described as similar to getting stung by a rubber band. It’s not exactly fun, but most people can tolerate it without any painkillers or numbing cream. 

It’s One and Done 

Sadly, no, but wouldn’t that have been amazing? It can take anywhere from 4 to 12 sessions to get satisfactory results from laser hair removal, and it depends on a lot of factors including hormones. That’s why many medspas offer packages that allow their customers to save with a series of treatments.  

It’s Only For Light Skin Tones 

Back in the day, laser hair removal was only effective for those with light skin and dark hair. That’s not the case anymore, but the myth persists. Today, there are laser machines that can pinpoint the hair follicle even for customers with very dark skin tones. If your skin phototype is 3 or above, look for medspas like SEV Laser that have Nd:YAG laser available, since that’s the best technology for darker skin. 

It’s Expensive

It’s not necessarily cheap, but we wouldn’t call laser hair removal expensive. How much does your local salon charge for a waxing appointment? You might be surprised to discover that laser hair removal prices aren’t much higher. The only difference is that with laser, the hair reduction is permanent. Once you get the results you want you don’t have to worry about it again beyond the odd touch-up. 

It’s Permanent Hair Removal

Not quite. Most laser hair removal devices are approved by the FDA as a permanent hair reduction technology. In practice, this means that laser hair removal eliminates the majority of the hair, although it can’t necessarily deal with 100% of it. For example, laser can’t work on very light hair. Additionally, in some cases, changes in hormones may lead to some hair regrowth even years after receiving laser treatments.  

All Laser Machines Work the Same 

There are a lot of different laser technologies out there, but each one works a little differently with different results. It’s really important to understand which laser will be right for you, so you can make sure that your treatment is effective. In general, alexandrite laser is best for lighter skin tones while Nd:YAG laser is great for darker skin tones. 

These days, you can also find at-home hair removal machines. Those machines usually have IPL technology rather than laser. While they can be effective, they’re quite weak so they will likely require a much longer period of use than professional laser hair removal. 

You Can’t Treat the Face 

Yes, you can! Laser hair removal is perfectly safe for dealing with facial hair for both men and women. The eyes need to be protected during the treatment, usually with a special pair of sunglasses, but the rest of the face including the forehead, upper lip, cheeks, chin, and jawline can all be treated safely and effectively. 

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