15 . April . 2019 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

If you have been following our blogs on laser hair reduction you know that there is a good deal to understand about the process and how it is the most effective method for getting rid of unwanted body hair, whether you are a man or woman.

To quickly recap – basically, Laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis. It targets the pigment melanin in the hair bulb and burns the papilla arresting the hair growth. This leads to permanent hair reduction. For more information on Laser Hair Reduction, do follow our blogs on the topic.

Laser Hair Reduction, is, without a doubt, the best possible option for you to get rid of unwanted body hair, permanently. It beats out the traditional methods of shaving, waxing or threading any day.

These conventional hair removal methods are tiresome; more & more people are opting for the modern painless laser treatment for hair removal. It has been recognised that Laser Hair Removal treatment is a reliable and valid method because it promises a permanent reduction of hair growth anywhere in the body.

The trouble however is, with the growing popularity, a number of salons, stand-alone technicians and self-styled clinics & ‘experts’ have started offering laser hair reduction as a service. Most of them do not have the necessary technical and medical know-how to guide you right. And unfortunately, there is little information available to an interested party that is not misleading. We have been addressing many of your questions, bringing about clarity on the process, the science behind it and things you need to keep in mind. We strongly believe that any decision, especially those concerning your body and hair MUST be a well-informed one!

Today, we bring to you the most common myths clouding around laser hair reduction. Action lead by these misconceptions will lead to dissatisfaction with the treatment and worse still may have adverse effects on your body! So let’s lay them, plain and simple!

MythFact
It is unsafe as it exposes skin to laser radiation.Lasers used for hair reduction are the safest!
They do not cause any side effects when used under medical supervision.
All the hairs can be removed in one sitting.No! Multiple sessions are required for hair reduction to be effective!
Each hair goes through a 3-phase life cycle, and not all are in one phase at the same time!
Finer the hair quicker the removal.Quite the contrary! Finer the hair, the more difficult it is to laser it!
Coarser hair growth can be reduced quickly since coarse and pigmented hair absorbs the energy much better.
It can make the skin darker.Treat the freshly lasered skin as the doctor advises and you have nothing to worry about! On the contrary, the laser can remove blemishes & make skin lighter!
It is extremely painful.Advanced technologies, such as the Cool Brush Tech, do not cause any pain during or post the hair reduction session.
It leads to thicker hair growth.The laser is known to temporarily stimulate coarser hair growth in some, but this is addressed through the course of sessions!
You need to remain home-bound after treatment.Not at all! Absolutely no downtime post procedure!
Walk out of the clinic and resume your routine!
Multiple sessions can cause skin cancerNo way! Laser Hair Reduction is performed with metered exposure, which is very safe.
Treatment is not possible on dark skin.Diode lasers can be used for darker skin with specific parameters.
Advanced technologies like the Cool Brush Tech works its magic on all skin types ranging 1-6 and even on tanned skin!
It can lead to ingrown hair.It’s the reverse! The laser works EVEN on ingrown hair!
Works on all hair colours.Laser tech works on the basis of pigmentation. It doesn’t act on light/grey hair.
It removes hair 100%Laser treatment reduces hair growth over a period of time, up to 90%. Hair becomes thinner in diameter with each cycle and eventually, growth stops.
It is just a cosmetic procedure and there is no need to consult a doctor for the same!Medical history is very important to be looked into! Some disorders & medications have relative contraindications to Laser.
Consultation with a Trichologist would be most advisable.

So! The above clarified most of those common myths that are extremely misleading.
Do read our blogs on the topic for detailed discussions of these points.

Once you have made up your mind, do go to a reputed Clinic, that has trained & certified hair doctors to consult, the best & latest of technologies handled by professional technicians and the right environment to carry out the treatment sessions in a safe manner. This would be most efficient, result-oriented and will deliver on every occasion.

Be informed and take a conscious decision on your way forward! Keep watching this space for more information & updates.

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