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Myths and Facts about Laser Hair Removal

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | November 15th, 2018 | Blog

Over the past 30 years, laser hair removal has grown to become one of the most popular forms of hair removal for women and men. However, there is still a lot of misinformation about the procedure, how it works, what it does, and its risks. Here are some of the most common myths about laser hair removal and the facts to debunk them.

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Can laser hair removal give you cancer?

According to the Skin Care Foundation, there is no proof that cancer can be caused by laser treatments. The lasers do not penetrate deep enough for any radiation to absorb into the skin.

Does laser hair removal permanently remove hair?

Laser hair removal treatments are not permanent. There are no clinical studies that suggest it is a permanent hair removal treatment, and the FDA also states so. However, laser hair removal is able to offer permanent hair reduction. This is different than hair removal. To qualify as a permanent hair removal procedure, the device must be able to remove all hair from the treated area, without it ever growing back. Laser hair removal does offer permanent hair reduction, which means it reduces the number of hairs that grow back in the treated areas. As it zaps the hair follicles, some are destroyed, unable to regrow hair again.

How many laser hair removal treatments does it take to permanently remove hair?

Although laser hair removal cannot permanently remove hair, it can provide amazing hair reduction results for patients. Results will vary depending on the type of laser used, skin colour, hair colour, treatment length, hair density, and more. Optimal results from a course of laser hair removal can produce up to 80% reduction in the treated hair.

Is laser hair removal right for everyone?

Although laser hair removal is effective for most people, some patients with light hair or dark skin will not notice the results they want. It can actually be dangerous for people with dark skin to have laser hair removal because the laser is unable to differentiate between the dark hair and the dark skin pigment. Always choose an experienced and qualified practitioner if considering laser hair removal. During your consultation you will find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, or if there are better, safer options for you.

Can I shave after laser hair removal?

Yes, you may shave after laser hair removal as it only affects the hair that has passed through the skin’s surface. You should not, however, wax your hair between laser sessions. Waxing your hair pulls it from the follicle, so when the new baby hairs grow in, the laser has a difficult time targeting it and you could experience more burns on your skin.

Is it worth getting laser hair removal?

Waxing and shaving need to be done frequently to keep the hair from getting too thick or long, but laser hair removal reduces the number of active hair follicles. It may be more expensive than other hair removal options, but the results are more noticeable and long-term for many patients.

Is laser hair removal pain-free?

It is a myth that laser hair removal is pain-free. It has often been compared to the sensation of flicking an elastic band on your skin. After the treatment, there is sometimes a mild burning sensation and the skin could feel warm to the touch. Modern laser machines include a cooling apparatus on the laser tool that instantly cools down the skin after a section has been treated. Even with this discomfort, laser hair removal does not require the use of anesthetic.

Does laser hair removal hurt more than waxing?

Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient, but many say laser hair removal is not as painful as waxing. Instead of feeling a section of hairs pulled from the skin, there are tiny pricks or pinch-like feelings.

Does laser hair removal affect fertility?

Laser hair removal treatments do not affect fertility. The treatment only affects the hair follicles in the dermis, which is far away from the generative organs of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, etc. There is no way for the laser to reach remotely close to these organs to cause any damage, so the idea that laser hair removal affects fertility is false. However, like many medical, surgical, and cosmetic procedures, it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or might be pregnant. This is not because laser hair removal has shown to harm pregnant women, but to prevent any liabilities on the manufacturer and reduce all possible risk of complications.

Does laser hair removal work on the face?

Yes, laser hair removal is effective for hair reduction in multiple areas of the body, including the face.

Does laser hair removal help with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Yes, it can. Women who have conditions such as PCOS may experience an excess of unwanted hair as a side effect, and laser hair removal is one way to help them deal with that symptom.

Does laser hair removal help with acne?

In some cases, facial hair removal treatment will help people with acne. Symptoms of acne include inflammation and irritation, so when hair is reduced by laser hair removal, instead of waxing or shaving which can cause breakouts, the energy can kill bacteria on the surface of the skin to control acne.

Get Laser Hair Removal from the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic

If you’ve decided that laser hair removal is best hair removal treatment option for you, you should contact a reputable, certified provider to get you started. For smooth, hair-free skin, call the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. We pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the anti-aging skin and body care that they deserve. To learn more about our laser hair removal clinic and services, contact us at (416) 546-4664 or info@AntiAgingToronto.ca.

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