Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal

Jul 07, 2023
Myths and Facts About Laser Hair Removal
Are you ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair and hello to a smoother, hassle-free solution? Keep reading to uncover the truth about laser hair removal as we debunk myths and guide you through the treatment process.

Laser hair removal has become a popular method for achieving long-term hair reduction, but with its rising popularity, there are bound to be myths and misconceptions surrounding the procedure.

At HealthKey Group, aesthetic specialist Nikki Yu, LAc, and our team of experts use a picosecond laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to destroy your hair follicles’ ability to regrow hair. 

Let’s explore the truth behind this innovative hair removal technique so you can decide if it’s the right solution for you. 

Understanding laser hair removal 

Laser hair removal is effective for achieving long-term hair reduction. It works by using concentrated light energy to target and destroy hair follicles, preventing future hair growth. 

The laser emits a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles, damaging them while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. 

Although laser hair removal offers long-term hair reduction, it may not permanently eliminate hair growth. You need multiple sessions to target hair follicles in different growth cycles and achieve optimal results. 

You may also need maintenance sessions periodically to address any hair regrowth. Now that you have a better understanding of how laser hair removal works, let's move on to debunking common myths surrounding this popular technique.

Myth: Laser hair removal is painful 

Fact: Laser hair removal may cause some discomfort, but our patients often describe it as a mild sensation similar to a rubber band snap. Cooling systems or numbing creams can minimize any discomfort during the procedure.

Myth: Laser hair removal is only effective on light skin tones

Fact: Laser hair removal technology has advanced significantly, allowing for effective treatment on a wide range of skin tones. Different laser systems with specific wavelengths or adjustable settings can accommodate various skin types and hair colors.

Myth: Laser hair removal causes skin damage

Fact: When performed by trained professionals, laser hair removal is a safe procedure that minimizes the risk of skin damage. It’s crucial to choose a reputable clinic with experienced practitioners who can assess your skin type and customize the treatment accordingly.

Myth: Laser hair removal is instantaneous

Fact: Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. Hair grows in cycles, and the laser can only target hair follicles in the active growth phase. Patience and consistency are key to achieving long-lasting hair reduction.

What to expect during laser hair removal 

Now that we've cleared up the common myths about laser hair removal, let's shift our focus to what you can expect during the treatment process.

Consultation and preparation 

Before undergoing laser hair removal, you consult with us to determine your eligibility for the procedure and discuss your expectations. We may advise you to avoid sun exposure, waxing, or plucking in the treatment area before the session.

Treatment process

During the procedure, we provide you with protective eyewear, then use a handheld laser device to target the hair follicles. The duration of each session depends on the treatment area's size.

Post-treatment care 

After the procedure, you may experience temporary redness or mild skin sensitivity in the treated area. Follow our post-treatment instructions, such as avoiding excessive sun exposure and applying recommended skin care products.

To learn more about laser hair removal and its benefits, contact us today at HealthKey Group to schedule an appointment. Our New York City offices are located in Flushing and Elmhurst, Queens, and in the Chinatown section of lower Manhattan.