Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal

The reason laser hair removal has remained a popular choice for anyone tired of waxing and shaving is that it’s generally considered safe and effective. But don’t trust just anyone to do it. 

Dr. Nicole Kimzey and our team at Girard Internal Medicine are highly qualified and experienced in internal medicine as well as aesthetic procedures such as laser hair removal, so you can trust us to keep your health and safety first and foremost. 

We use the Icon™ Aesthetic System by Cynosure® to offer you the most advanced technology available. Before you decide to move forward with laser hair removal, here are a few myths Dr. Kimzey would like to debunk.

Myth #1: It doesn’t matter who performs your laser hair removal procedure

Although generally considered a safe procedure, laser hair removal comes with some risks, and most of those involve the experience (or inexperience) of the one administering the treatment. Improper use of the technology can lead to permanent skin discoloration, burns, and scarring. 

Fact: In the right hands, laser hair removal is more effective than shaving or waxing and very safe.

Myth #2: It works on all hair

The truth is, laser hair removal doesn’t treat dark hair and light hair the same. It works by applying energy via a laser device that targets the pigment in your hair. Your hair absorbs that energy, which turns into heat when it reaches your hair follicles. Not able to withstand that heat, the follicle dies. The more pigment you have in your hair, the more heat is generated, and the more effective the treatment is.

Fact: Lighter hair may not have enough pigment for the laser to differentiate it from the surrounding skin, so this treatment may not be effective on hair that is:

Myth #3: It can’t be used on dark skin

As mentioned above, lasers love dark pigment, so of course, it works well on darker skin tones. But the key is that there must be a contrast between your hair color and skin color so the laser can target only the hair. If they’re too closely matched, it might be ineffective. Also, because darker skin contains more pigmentation, it absorbs more heat, so the procedure may be a little more uncomfortable.

Fact: With the right technician, laser hair removal can be used on people of all skin tones.

Myth #4: It’s painful

The word laser sounds intimidating, but it’s actually just intense light. When used for hair removal, it’s a noninvasive procedure that causes very little pain, if any. Most people say it feels like they’re being snapped with a little rubber band. It’s certainly no more painful than the alternative of waxing, and it won’t cause cuts and nicks like shaving. Some areas on the body have more sensitive skin than others.

Fact: Laser hair removal is not painful, but may cause mild discomfort depending on the location of the hair removal and your individual tolerance for pain. 

Myth #5: It doesn’t last

Because the Icon laser system destroys the hair follicle, it’s impossible for hair to grow from that follicle again. So laser hair removal is permanent wherever it’s applied. 

However, there is a scenario where your hair might grow back. The hormone fluctuations in women going through pregnancy or menopause may cause new hair growth, especially on the face.

Fact: When properly administered, laser hair removal is permanent.

Myth #6: It’s a one-time procedure with instant results

The hair you come in with will be gone when you leave, but in a few weeks, you’ll notice a new batch of hair growing in. That’s not because the procedure was ineffective, but because hair grows in cycles, and you’re seeing the next cycle coming in. The laser can only treat the hair that’s there, so each time you get a new batch, you need to come back in for another session until all the cycles of growth are complete. This can take up to six sessions.

Fact: While you’ll see instant results and the elimination of all present hair, complete results may take a few months and a few sessions. 

Unless you have light hair, laser hair removal is an ideal for option the permanent elimination of unwanted hair under your arms, on your legs, over your back, on your chest, at your bikini line — any where it grows. Men and women alike opt for laser hair removal to free themselves from the daily chore of shaving and battling constant stubble. 

Now that you know the facts about laser hair removal, give our Philadelphia office a call or request an appointment online to get started on your first session soon

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