Myths and Facts about Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of spending hours shaving your legs, underarms, and bikini line? Perhaps you’ve tried waxing and find it uncomfortable. Laser hair removal is a convenient method to rid yourself of unwanted hair. You’ll be pampered in the welcoming and relaxed environment of Forever Bella Med Spa

Perhaps you’ve heard a mishmash of information about laser hair removal. It’s time to separate truth from fiction. The following are often-repeated myths about laser hair removal, followed by the facts you need to know. 

Safety 

Myth: Laser hair removal isn’t safe. 

Fact: Laser hair removal has been performed safely on millions of people around the globe since it first became available in 1995. As with any cosmetic/medical procedure, safety depends in large part on the practitioner performing it and the equipment used. The FDA approves some — but not all — laser hair removal devices. Forever Bella Med Spa’s trained aesthetician uses an FDA-approved system. Dr. Jaime Gutierrez, physician and aesthetic specialist, supervises Forever Bella’s aesthetic procedures. 

Some people may experience greater side effects than others. Typical side effects include some redness, swelling, crusting, and even a slight change in skin color, which should fade in a few weeks. You can ask our aesthetician to perform the procedure on a small area of your skin to test your reaction to it.  

Increased hair growth

Myth: Laser hair removal causes more hair to grow. 

Fact: If laser hair removal caused your hair to grow, millions of people wouldn’t have gone through the treatment, and it would have disappeared as a fad. The procedure destroys hair follicles, but new follicles may grow over time. Even though laser hair removal isn’t completely permanent, the good news is that once the treatments are completed, hair won’t appear for months and sometimes even years.  

One treatment effectiveness

Myth: One laser hair removal session results in permanent hair removal.

Fact: Hair growth has different cycles. Hair that’s already on your body is removed, but other hair follicles haven’t yet produced hair that you can see. It takes several treatments to remove unwanted hair in the targeted area so that all hair follicles receive laser treatment at an optimal time during their growth to prevent hair from growing back. 

Pain 

Myth: Laser hair removal treatments are very painful.

Fact: Your Forever Bella Med Spa aesthetician applies an ice pack or a numbing cream on the area to be treated before performing the procedure, depending on your preference. Most patients describe the sensation as a series of pinpricks; they don’t feel as if they’re in extreme pain. Those who have had areas of their body waxed previously say that laser hair removal is much less painful than waxing. 

Laser hair removal during the summer

Myth: You should never get laser hair removal done during the summer.

Fact: You can, but there are caveats. If you lie in the sun within 72 hours before or after treatment, you can experience burns on your skin, scarring, and other skin damage from the procedure. Don’t get a laser treatment if you go to the pool every day or just before or after going to the beach. 

Another caveat: if your skin turns really dark when you’ve been in the sun, you may need a few extra treatments if you have the procedure done when you have a deep tan. The extra melanin may affect the laser’s effectiveness in zapping your hair follicles. Talk with Forever Bella Med Spa’s physician and aesthetician who are ready to answer all of your questions about laser hair removal and other aesthetic procedures. 

Call Forever Bella Med Spa for expert hair removal and all of your aesthetic needs. 

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