7 stubborn laser hair removal myths debunked:
Laser hair removal is the most efficient and effective method to permanently remove your unwanted body hair.
The effectiveness of laser hair removal has been confirmed by clinical testing. However, despite the fact that this procedurehas been known for over 20 years now some myths still did not go away.
Myth no. 1: Laser hair removal is harmful to your health, because the laser also affects and endangers internal organs
During treatment, the laser beam penetrates to a maximum depth of 1-4mm and therefore only affects the hair follicle, which can be seen as the production facility of the hair. The heat spread exactly there, where the follicle is located. Deeper layers aren’t affected in any way at all. The only side effect which might occur after treatment is a slightly noticeable reddening of the skin, which could be compared to a sun-kiss. This will completely disappear after a few hours.
Myth no. 2: Laser hair removal leads to persistent scars
The alternate method of epilation actually has a high risk of scarring, since hereby the skin is processed with needles. In laser hair removal, however, no intervention of this kind takes place. The skin will not be damaged and thus there’s no risk to carry away scars.
Myth no. 3: Laser hair removal is painful.
Both, laser manufacturers and dermatologists are continually working to improve the quality of the treatment. By now, hair removal lasers are used more than 20 years and during this time they have taken an equally rapid development analogous to personal computers. It would be presumptuous to claim that a laser hair removal treatment does not cause pain, because pain perception is an individual sentiment. Compared with waxing though laser hair removal might be seen as stroking, while waxing would more resemble a therapist massage.
Myth no. 4: You can permanently remove hair for good in one single treatment
The laser beam only effects mature hair follicles that are in growth phase (anagen). Hair follicles that are in cessation- (catagen), and rest-phase (telogen), are unharmed by the laser and thus cannot be removed. Therefore, the treatment intervals should be four to six weeks, so that the “dormant” follicles would go into the active phase and new hair would be visible on the body. The entire cycle of hair growth has a span of eight to twelve months. For a successful permanent hair removal, you will have to repeat the treatment several times.
Myth no. 5: After a treatment, the removed hair will grow thicker and higher in numbers
If this was true, right after the invention of the laser, there would probably be no more thinning hair or bald people. The origins of this assumption comes from mechanical hair removal with a sharp blade, which is also not true. Actually, the hair that grows after laser epilation is soft and the volume is also much lower. Keep in mind that our body is in a process of permanent change. On some parts of the body, hair will stop growing, while on other parts the active growth phase just begins. The laser rays will affect your follicles, but it will not change your hormone balance.
Myth no. 6: Laser epilation leads to increased risk of skin cancer
Cancer is triggered by wavelengths in the range of ultraviolet light (320-400nm or more). The wavelengths of the laser are much lower and they do not amid radiation. Dangerous rays can be obtained only from direct and unprotected exposure to Sunlight or in tanning salons. Heavy sunbathing and regular visits of solariums do increase the risk of skin cancer. Laser hair removal is in no way dangerous in this manner.
Myth no. 7: All lasers for hair removal are the same
Hardly any claim could be less true. There’s a wide-spread variety of laser manufacturers on the market. Cheap laser system imitations made in China for example will at best burn your skin. In our Haarfrei-Müchen salon, we do use the 810nm diode laser made by Alma Lasers, Model Soprano XLi Model / Ice for 65,000 €.