Laser hair removal is fast becoming a very popular procedure And is the norm as part of your routine beauty regimen. Often there are many myths and common misbeliefs which may affect your decision to proceed with your treatment. Here, I will outline what is true and false in the field of laser hair removal.
Myth #1: Laser hair removal is the only permanent way to banish unwanted excess body and facial hair for good.
The truth: Laser hair removal is a proven tried and tested way to achieve permanent hair reduction. Laser cannot guarantee permanent hair removal but rather permanent hair reduction. Usually 6-8 sessions are required. In summary laser hair removal is able to permanently reduce hair in any given area and is the best solution for unwanted hair currently available.
Myth #2: All laser hair removal facilities are equal. A beauty salon can perform laser hair removal as well as a medical facility.
The truth: Laser hair removal should only be safely performed in a medical facility under the supervision of a medical practitioner. In a medical facility you will receive treatment using a more high powered medical device rather than an IPL device. Many patients attending for laser hair removal for facial hirsutism (excess hair) may have a underlying medical condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome. A medical doctor with experience and expertise can recognise and diagnose this problem. At Cosmeticdoctor we can provide screening for polycystic ovarian syndrome by checking your hormone levels and refer you for ultrasound screening where deemed appropriate. As we are a medical facility we can interpret these results and confirm whether you have polycystic ovarian syndrome or not.
Myth #3: Dark skinned individuals cannot have laser hair removal.
The truth: It is true to say that laser hair removal is more of a risk on dark skinned types. This is because there is an increased risk of burning and pigmentation with IPL and Alexandrite devices. When performed under the supervision of a medical doctor lasers such as Nd: Yag and diodes can be used safely on people with darker skin tones. At Cosmeticdoctor we use an Apogee Elite device. This laser has two treatment heads, an alexandrite laser for lighter skin types and an Nd: Yag for darker skin types. If you have dark skin you must be doubly sure you are attending a reputable clinic as you are more at risk of adverse events.
Myth #4: Laser hair removal is very expensive compared to waxing.
The truth: Initially the cost of laser hair removal is more than shaving or waxing. As laser treatments are so effective, you will actually save money in the long term. At Cosmeticdoctor we offer a price match guarantee. This means that if you find a cheaper price at another clinic using medical grade equipment rather than IPL devices for laser hair removal, we will match it!!
Myth #5: Laser hair removal stimulates more hair growth due to shaving prior to your treatment.
The truth: Laser hair removal does not stimulate hair growth. With each subsequent treatment the hair that grows back after laser treatment is finer in texture and lighter in colour. More often that not, hair re growth is virtually nonexistent.