Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal

Nov 10, 2022

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Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal first became available as an aesthetic service in 1996. Although the technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since then, many myths still exist about how the treatment works and how effective it is for removing unwanted hair from:

  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Sideburns
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Bikini area

Dr. Stephen O’Connell and our dedicated team at Serenity Rejuvenation Center offer laser hair removal for the face and body at our Bellevue, Washington, office. We feature the cutting-edge Elite IQ™ laser by Cynosure® for removing unwanted hair from virtually any area.

If you’re considering laser hair removal, you may be confused by misinformation you’ve encountered. Here, we explore common myths about this popular treatment and the facts that dispel them.

Myth: Laser hair removal doesn’t work on dark skin

Fact: This myth was once true and continues to be true for some laser systems, but not for the Elite IQ. The Elite IQ system features the Skintel® Melanin Reader™, which allows us to deliver powerful energy to the hair shaft while bypassing even the darkest tones of skin.

The Skintel melanin reader is the first FDA-cleared melanin reader in the industry. We use Skintel technology to customize settings for your unique skin type and lifestyle. Even if you have a suntan — as long as you follow our pre-treatment advice — you can undergo laser hair removal without worrying about skin damage.

Myth: Laser hair removal is expensive

Fact: Laser hair removal can save money in the long run. If you shave every few days, the cost of shaving cream and razors quickly add up. Waxing, of course, is an expensive procedure that must be done every month. And all methods take a lot of time; your time has value, too.

Myth: Laser hair removal hurts

Fact: We numb your skin before laser hair removal so you stay as comfortable as possible. The Elite IQ device targets the heat energy at the hair follicle, while keeping the surface of your skin cool. 

Most women and men report that each little “zap” of the laser feels something like a tingle or like the snap of a tiny rubber band. In other words, it’s fairly minor. 

In contrast, other hair removal systems can cause long-term discomfort. Think about razor burn, bumps, and cuts, or what it’s like to shave your pubic area when the hairs start to grow back and prick your delicate skin. 

Waxing, too, can be extremely painful. You can say good-bye to that nightmare for good. You don’t have to worry about painful or disfiguring ingrown hairs anymore, either. Even though some of your hair may grow back over time, it comes in much finer and silkier, and doesn’t get trapped in your follicles.

Myth: Laser hair removal takes a long time

Fact: The average laser hair removal session takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. This amount of time is equivalent to waxing, tweezing, and other hair removal methods. You will need a series of 3-6 treatments, spaced about a month apart, to ensure you systematically catch every hair in the treatment area in its growth (anagen) phase. Laser hair removal is only effective on active-growth hair follicles.

Myth: Laser hair removal works on blond, gray, and red hair, too

Fact: Unfortunately, no device has yet been developed that can target extremely light hairs without damaging the skin. The problem with light hairs is that they’re too close in pigment to light skin. If you see ads for laser hair removal on blond or gray hair, run as fast as you can — that practitioner isn’t trustworthy.

Myth: Laser hair removal isn’t really permanent

Fact: Laser hair removal permanently removes almost all of your unwanted hair. Our goal is to help you attain 85-90% permanent hair reduction

The Elite IQ laser totally deactivates hair follicles so they can’t grow hair again. The strays only come from follicles that weren’t targeted in earlier sessions. Women with unwanted facial hair may need multiple maintenance treatments if hair growth is caused by an uncontrolled hormonal condition like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 

Myth: Anyone can perform laser hair removal 

Fact: It takes training, experience, and skill to perform laser hair removal. For your own safety and for optimal results, you should consult a dermatologist or physician for laser hair removal. 

In addition to providing you pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions, we also evaluate your health and medical conditions to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate. If you go to a spa or other unlicensed individual for a “bargain” hair removal, you might need to come to us for help with complications from inexpert removal, such as burns, blisters, and infections.

Simplify your life and beautiful your skin with laser hair removal by calling us at 425-644-5560 today. You can also use our online contact form to request an appointment any time. 

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