Various myths abound on the Internet about the use of laser for permanent hair removal. Although it’s been around for quite some time now, the technology seems a little mysterious to some people. Learn the facts here.
1. Myth: If I am a vegetarian, laser hair removal is not for me
Fact: Nonsense. Some foods that contain
β-Carotene beta carotene make the skin a little more yellowish than usual. The additional pigmentation absorbs laser radiation and not enough light reaches the hair follicle. Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and pumpkins are rich in β-Carotene.
2. Myth: African-American women are not candidates
Fact: Darker skins absorb more laser light than lighter skins. It’s more difficult to target hair follicles, and African-American women usually require more sessions. However, this is no longer a problem due to the new lasers and the latest equipment available in the market.
3. Myth: Laser causes blisters and burns
Fact: Occasional burns may occur, especially among people with dark skin; but they’re rare and always temporary.
4. Myth: Anybody can benefit from a laser hair removal treatment
Fact: Laser treatments are not for everyone. Unless your hair is darker than the skin, you won’t experience satisfactory results.
5. Myth: It’s too expensive
Fact: An effective treatment requires several sessions; the darker the skin, the more sessions needed. However, laser hair removal usually costs less than other permanent solutions, like electrolysis.
6. Myth: It’s a guaranteed method
Fact: Some people experience a significant hair growth reduction after a few sessions; others need longer treatments. There are no guarantees, because the effectiveness of the treatment depends on several factors: skin color, hair color, hair width, type of laser, amount of energy, ability or expertise of the practitioner, genes, etc.
7. Myth: Laser hair removal is not recommended for children
Fact: Children can be successfully treated with laser. Many a mother wants her daughter to undergo a treatment in order to avoid future expenses.
8. Myth: It’s painful
Fact: Some patients feel a mild discomfort. Most people report pinprick-like sensations, but not pain. Laser hair removal is far less painful than waxing and women survive waxing. Ask yourself: Would you like to endure warm waxing for the rest of your life or a few sessions of slight discomfort?
9. Myth: It’s a girly thing
Fact: Of course not! Men who are concerned about hair on the back, shoulders and the belly area are opting more and more for this technique. For most men, painful treatments like waxing are out of question and they usually prefer laser hair removal because it offers fast and long-term results.
Laser is just light, and a laser-based hair removal treatment channels light all the way through the shaved hair to the target: the follicle. As the follicle absorbs radiation, its ability to produce more hair diminishes. There’s no mystery. Ask your Colorado laser hair removal experts and they’ll confirm just that.
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