Laser hair removal has come a long way. Discovered by Theodore Maiman in 1960, the first laser hair removal treatment was produced by the use of an actual ruby. Since then, there have been significant changes aimed to help increase efficiency and comfort. Over the years, scientists developed varying equipment with enhanced capabilities for laser treatment. Though it’s been around for some time, many interested patients have questions about laser hair removal for various reasons. Here you’ll learn about a few myths associated with the treatment and receive accurate information from a board-certified dermatology team.
Myth 1: No Pain, No Gain
The most common myth about laser hair removal is how painful it can be. While this may have been true when first discovered, years of study and technological advancements in medical equipment have enabled professionals to administer treatment with minimal discomfort.
Myth 2: One or Two Sessions, and You’re Done
While laser hair removal can be extremely convenient, it’s not a magic eraser, and it doesn’t mean you’ll be satisfied after a single session. The laser damages your hair follicle, and some may need to be treated more than others to thwart hair growth.
Also, laser hair removal works best when your hair is in the anagen phase of growth—however, at any given time, only 20% of your hair is in this phase. So as you prepare for your treatment, it’s good to remember you are targeting roughly 20% of your hair in each session.
Myth 3: Lasers Damage Skin
Another myth in laser hair removal is that it causes irreparable damage to your skin. Although the heat made from the laser does stay with your skin for about 24 hours, when performed by a qualified technician, there is no permanent damage inflicted on your skin. During this time, your skin is more vulnerable to UV rays, so it’s imperative to stay out of direct sunlight following your treatment. Also, you may experience redness in the treatment area, but this can disappear soon after your session.
Laser hair removal treatment has experienced plenty of updates over the past 50 years, and the board-certified dermatologists at The Dermatology Clinic in Baton Rouge are here to prove that. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.