Though Laser Hair Reduction is one of the most frequently performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures, there are certain myths surrounding this treatment. Which made us decide to clear the air about some wrongful beliefs about Laser Hair Reduction and why it should be your go-to procedure for a smooth hairless skin.
Myth 1: Laser Hair Reduction causes the hair to grow more dense and frequent.
Fact: Laser Hair Reduction doesn't cause the hair to grow denser. In fact with each treatment, there is a visible reduction in the density, thickness and growth rate of hair. The hair that does grow back is much finer and lighter than before.
Myth 2: Laser Hair Reduction is not safe.
Fact: Laser Hair Reduction is absolutely safe, provided the procedure is done by a trained aesthetician, under the supervision of a qualified dermatologist with the right parameters according to your complexion, type of hair and body part to be lased, to avoid problems during and after the Laser Hair Reduction process.
Myth 3: Laser Hair Reduction exposes you to radiation and can increase the chances of skin cancers.
Fact: Hair Reduction Lasers do not emit radiations and are therefore absolutely safe for everyone. There is no evidence of increased chances of skin cancers with Laser Hair Reduction.
Myth 4: One can get permanent hair reduction in just one sitting.
Fact: Laser energy damages the follicles in the growing phase (anagen). Several treatments are needed to target ALL hair in the active growth phase. About 6 to 8 sessions are recommended to get significant hair reduction. Depending upon hair type, genetic factors and underlying hormonal issues some clients may require additional treatments beyond these initial treatments.
Myth 5: Laser Hair Reduction Treatment causes burns.
Fact: This is very rare and may happen in dark skin, but like we said earlier if the procedure is done under the supervision of a qualified dermatologist, the chances are very less. Your dermatologist will give you some pre and post-treatment medications to avoid such side effect.
Myth 6: Laser Hair Reduction is very painful to handle.
Fact: Some patients feel a pinprick sensation that can cause a minute discomfort. But Laser Hair Reduction is not very painful. In fact, the latest technologies are much less painful than waxing.
Myth 7: Laser Hair Reduction is very costly compared to other hair removing methods like waxing.
Fact: It's easier to believe that waxing is cheaper as compared to Laser Hair Reduction because waxing costs less if we go by the cost of one session. However, in the long run, Laser treatment is much more economical and effective at the same time. And it's not just about the investment of money but also the time and energy that you need to invest in order to get your monthly waxing sessions. Let's take an example - in 20 years a woman will spend around INR 2,40,000 only for waxing their arms. Whereas with the laser you can get away with arm hair only for a few thousand and as you already know the results will be long-lasting.
Myth 8: Laser Hair Reduction is done only for women.
Fact: It used to be that hair reduction was strictly a female thing. Not so anymore. More and more men are opting for Laser Hair Reduction to get finer and lighter hair. Beard shaping, chest, neck, back, arms etc. are favoured sites for Laser Hair Reduction in men.
Myth 9: Laser Hair Reduction can be done in beauty parlours.
Fact: Laser hair reduction can go very wrong and lead to irreversible damages like scarring if done by an untrained individual with substandard machines. The best way is to talk to a certified dermatologist regarding Laser Hair Reduction for you. Moreover, if a wrong laser treatment is done or wrong settings of the laser are chosen, it might cause various side effects such as discolouration of the skin, redness on the treated area, pain and sometimes scarring. Also, if performed by an untrained professional the treatment might not bring out the required/optimum results.
Myth 10: You can't get Laser Hair Reduction treatment in summer.
Fact: Laser Hair Reduction is safe for all seasons. Your dermatologist will give you pre and post laser instruction for safer treatments and longer hair free periods.
Myth 11: Laser Hair Reduction makes the skin dark.
Fact: Laser Hair Reduction does not make the skin dark. The laser light only targets the melanin in the hair follicle. Sunscreen application is a must. Treatment should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist to avoid side effects.
Myth 12: Hair regrows after 10 yrs of Laser Hair Reduction.
Fact: This is a myth because when we do laser, we destroy the hair follicle so there are no chances of hair growing back unless there is a hormonal issue left undiagnosed.
Myth 13: I cannot attend a function immediately after Laser Hair Reduction
Fact: There is mild redness after the procedure which should subside in half an hour and you are good to go.