Laser hair removal is more popular than ever. That said, for all the time laser hair removal has been around, there are still many associated misconceptions. To clear these up, we present five laser hair removal myths debunked.
Myth One: Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work On Darker Skin Tones
While this may have been true when laser hair removal procedures were first discovered more than 50 years ago, there have been many technological advances since then. There are now several different types of lasers that can be matched to work on all shades of hair and skin.
Myth Two: Laser Hair Removal Is Painful
Although everyone has different pain tolerance levels, most people report that they only feel a slight sensation similar to being snapped with a rubber band when undergoing laser hair removal. For those who are more sensitive to the treatment, there is a range of topical ointments that can be applied to numb the skin and reduce the level of pain. Over the counter pain relievers taken before the procedure can also be effective.
Myth Three: Laser Hair Removal Is Unsafe
The fact is that for most people, laser hair removal is safe. Although there might be some side effects, such as minor redness or irritation of the skin, for certain people, there hasn’t been any type of long term health issues associated with laser hair removal.
Myth Four: Laser Hair Removal Can Cause Cancer
Because laser hair removal involves using a type of radiation, there have been unfounded fears that it could cause cancer. However, the fact is that lasers have actually been used to treat certain types of precancers. The amount of radiation emitted during a hair removal procedure is so minimal that it poses virtually no risk.
Myth Five: Laser Hair Removal Can Cause Infertility
Again, there have been fears that the radiation produced by a laser can cause issues with the reproductive organs. However, the fact is that there is not enough radiation to affect any organs other than the surface of the skin. There’s virtually zero risk that it can harm any internal organs.