7 Myths about laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to remove hair permanently from your body, but even though it's become hugely popular, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the treatment. Hair removal experts at London Premier Laser Clinic are here to set the record straight…
Myth 1: It's painful
Laser hair removal, however scary it sounds, is surprisingly not painful. However, with many people experiencing different sensations and having varying pain thresholds, it's difficult to distinguish between each individual and what they will experience with the treatment.
Many people say the first time is the worst. The majority only experience a tingling sensation. Laser hair removal does not hurt more than waxing as the procedure is spread out over several sessions. It's also safer and quicker than waxing and doesn't cause bleeding.
Whilst laser hair removal is not guaranteed to be completely pain-free, it’s good to know that there are lots of options out there that your therapist can use to make it as close to pain-free as possible. These include a cool-air fan (often built into the device), specially formulated lotions and adjusting the settings of the laser.
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Myth 2: It won’t work with dark skin
There was a time that laser hair removal wouldn't work with dark skin, however with recent advances in science developments hair can now be removed from darker skin.
Always ensure with your practitioner that they have the most up-to-date systems before procedures and make sure they are fully registered and qualified.
Myth 3: It takes too long to treat—sometimes years
Laser hair removal only really takes 4-5 treatments at most, which rids you of around 90 per cent of all your unwanted hair. Patients are usually advised to repeat their sessions every 6-8 weeks. This means you will be finished within a few months, however, this all depends on your financial situation and whether you can afford further treatments.
Therefore, it's entirely up to you whether the treatment is extended to cover some years or not.
Myth 4: It's way too expensive
Laser hair removal cost in total does increase per each visit, however, this all depends on how large the area is. If you are having your upper lip done, for example, this will cost considerably less in comparison to your back which is a larger area and will take longer.
Discuss with your consultant beforehand to distinguish between the prices; the cost adds up mainly when the sessions are repeated however each individual session will not be very expensive.
It is a far more cost-effective way of treating unwanted hair, much better than continuously buying razors.
Myth 5: It’s not safe
Laser hair removal treatment uses a laser that attracts to the pigments in the hair follicles, which means the laser only targets the hair follicle and nothing else. This leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed and has been used safely on millions of clients.
Many studies also back up the safe nature of laser hair removal. As long as you use a qualified clinic with proper technicians and treatments, there is nothing at all at risk.
Myth 6: The hair will grow back thicker
Laser hair removal doesn’t cause the hair to grow denser, in fact, quite the opposite, each treatment should cause a reduction of between 10 and 25 per cent in hair growth.
There is a detectable reduction in the density, thickness and growth rate of hair at further sessions, and the hair that does eventually grow back usually returns much finer and lighter than before, so areas that were once problematic may be less so even when the hair grows back.
Myth 7: Your hair comes back after pregnancy
It’s not uncommon to see a few hairs grow back after your baby is born, even if you have completed a full course of laser treatment before your pregnancy.
Due to it being pretty much impossible to target 100 per cent of your hair follicles during your treatment course, dormant follicles may start producing hair due to a fluctuation in hormone levels in your body after you have given birth, however, this is usually just the one or two hairs, nothing noticeable.
Women who have had a baby should ideally not start their top-up treatments until hormone levels are back to normal.
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