The Truth About Laser Hair Removal
There are numerous myths and misconceptions about laser hair removal. Dr. Gilbert and the Staff at Greenville Vein and Aesthetics would like to help you weed out the truths and dispel the myths surrounding laser hair removal. We believe that our clients deserve the knowledge that helps them make informed decisions.
Laser Hair Removal Does Not Work on All Skin Types
One of the most common misconceptions about laser hair removal is that it does not work on certain skin and pigment types. There are currently two types of laser treatments available, one targets pigment and the other targets blood. Blood supply lasers treat both light and dark skin and hair. Pigment lasers treat those clients with a defined contrast between skin and hair types. When considering laser hair removal it is best to consult with your doctor before treatment and understand what options are best suited for you.
Laser Hair Removal is Painful
Laser hair removal has come a long way since its time of conception. Lasers do not pierce or tear the skin. Today's lasers are more equipped to provide natural anesthetics, such as blowing cool air over the treatment area. There is slight discomfort, but laser hair removal is less painful than even tweezing. Today's technology eases the ouch factor making laser hair treatment a more comfortable experience than in years past.
Laser Hair Removal is Permanent
Another misconception about laser hair removal is that it is a permanent process. This is simply untrue, but don’t think that it means the process is ineffective. Typically, after a clients first visit and treatment, they will routinely have to undergo several more treatments in order to maintain and achieve a completely hair free body. This can take a client anywhere from six months to three years to achieve.
Treatment is Time Consuming
One that we hear quite a bit is that laser hair removal is extremely time consuming. The first treatment is the longest and most thorough. Human hair grows on different cycles and not all hair will be at the same stage of growth at the same time. During the first session treatment is done very carefully, since this is the first time clients skin has been subjected to laser treatment. Follow up sessions usually only require a short visit.
Laser Hair Removal Causes Cancer
One of the biggest misconceptions about laser hair removal is that they can cause cancer. Although, this is a very scary idea, there are no documented case since laser hair removal became common in the 90’s.
How it works:
An area of skin is treated with our laser resulting in rendering the hair follicle inactive.
Why you can’t get cancer from Laser Hair Removal:
The kind of radiation used is non-ionizing. Non-ionizing radiation surrounds us all the time. For example, visible light, radio waves, ultraviolet lighting, even remote controls produce non-ionizing radiation.
The bottom line is that even though it is strong enough to disable a hair follicle, it is too weak to damage your DNA.
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