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Debunking Myths About Laser Hair Removal

Posted in Beauti-Med Tips


The question of what a woman is supposed to do with body hair sits neck and neck with body weight and diet as top concerns in the feminist agenda.

Laser Hair Removal Myths

In the 80s, French actor Beatrice Dalle was considered a sex goddess with her long, dark underarm hair. But after the term “Brazilian” was coined in the mid-90s by a Manhattan salon – involving waxing all pubic hair but leaving a small strip – the trend for waxing, shaving, and lasering pubic, armpit, and leg hair became unstoppable.

Today, research firm Mintel estimates the British hair-removal market to be worth £628 million, which is roughly $1.2 billion in Canadian. Despite its growing popularity, there are still many myths surrounding laser hair removal, including the ones on this list.

Myth #1: Laser hair removal gets rid of unwanted hair forever

Truth: The process of laser hair removal involves beaming a highly concentrated light that targets melanin (dark pigmentation) in the hair to zap hair follicles. Only the pigments of actively growing hair follicles absorb the light, zapping multiple areas in a given area in a split second. So laser does not work on any hear in the resting phase, which is why repeat sessions, as well as touch-up sessions, are necessary. Laser hair removal reduces hair count by 40 – 80 percent.

Myth #2: Laser is not well suited for dark skin

Truth: The American Academy of Dermatology claims that laser hair removal is one of the best options for long-term results, though it works best on light-skinned individuals with dark hair because the light beam is not absorbed much by the surrounding skin.

That said, there are some laser devices, like the nd:YAG that has longer wavelengths better suited for treating darker skin. Furthermore, advancements in this technology are constantly being made, and there is surely to be a proper and lasting advancement in the near future for those with dark skin.

Myth #3: Laser hair removal is effective on all hair types

Truth: As mentioned before, the effectiveness of the procedure depends on skin type, hair colour, and person. Red hair is harder to remove, but not impossible to remove. Grey and white hair, on the other hand, cannot be removed using laser treatment because it does not contain the pigments needed for lasers to detect and destroy the hair follicles.

Myth #4: Laser hair removal will expose you to radiation

Truth: Although there is radiation within the light barriers of the laser, that radiation does not go beyond that space, so lasers don’t emit any radiation, which makes the procedure harmless to the recipient.

Before starting any laser sessions, you should consult a reputable clinic, and find out whether the lasers used are approved by the FDA and Health Canada. Mention any medications you may be taking, and ask your technician about the expected results for your hair colour and skin type. Tanning is not advisable before treatment to reduce the risk of skin discoloration or burning.

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