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Debunking the Top 5 Laser Hair Removal Myths

Debunking the Top 5 Laser Hair Removal Myths

By Beverly Fischer on May 10, 2023

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You may be asking, “Is laser hair removal painful? Is it unsafe? Will it make my hair grow back like a Sasquatch?” Ok, we made that last one up. Truth is, there are many myths on the market when it comes to lasering off your unwanted hair. These date back to the days when lasers weren’t nearly as advanced as they are now. We’re here to clear the air on these myths, so when you clear your hair, the experience will be safe and effective. Let’s look at the facts.

Why We Love Laser Hair Removal

First, it’s important to take a moment to understand why we love laser hair removal, especially if you’re unsure about trying it. For one, you can remove hair from pretty much any place on the body—a task that is difficult for both razors and waxing. Additionally, when you receive a series of three to six laser treatments 6 weeks apart, the unwanted hair will be significantly less for a full six to eighteen months. Razoring, which lasts a few days, and waxing, which lasts up to six weeks, certainly can’t promise that. Laser hair removal is a clear winner for a number of reasons. 

Yet the myths persist. Time to put them to rest.

Myth 1: It’s Unsafe and Can Hurt the Skin

This one is important to understand. All FDA-approved laser hair removal systems have been tested and deemed safe. However, it’s possible that there are still non-FDA laser systems that are unsafe and in operation. Make sure you go to a technician that’s using an FDA-regulated laser to ensure that you don’t get hurt. Also, note that each person’s skin and hair type reacts differently to the procedure, so it’s essential to have a consultation to review your hair type, color, and thickness, as well as skin type and tone since all of these factors can determine the effectiveness of your treatment. We don’t recommend trying home laser hair removals for this reason.

Myth 2: Your Hair Comes Back

This is a half myth that’s partially true because it’s impossible to have absolute, lasting hair removal with any method, whether it be waxing, shaving, lasers, or other methods. Lasers are highly effective, however. Patients who use this treatment don’t usually need to shave for six to twelve months or more, based on the number of laser sessions they have.

Myth 3: The Results are Permanent

Lasers are highly effective at hair removal but cannot guarantee permanent results. Still, they can decrease hair counts by an impressive 80% — and any hair that comes back is thinner—or it may not return at all. You’ll need several sessions for optimal results since hair grows at different times and in various cycles. The laser hair removal treatment can only remove hair that’s currently growing; any follicles preparing new hair will not be affected—and they are constantly sprouting. A series of treatments helps you hit all at the right time.

Myth 4: It Encourages More Hair Growth

Your hair growth pattern is determined by your genes, not a laser treatment. So removing hair will not cause you to grow more hair. The laser will eradicate hair follicles but cannot stop new follicles from being created.

Myth 5: You’ll Get Exposed to Radiation

No lasers approved by the FDA have radioactive materials. Any radiation that is generated between the laser light bars is contained within that space and will not affect you.

Give Laser Hair Removal a Try!

The truth is that we’ve come a long way, baby. The lasers of today are safe and highly effective. Whether you’re having bikini laser hair removal, laser hair removal on your face, or getting the treatment on any other parts of your body, you can rest assured knowing that it will be a great experience. We offer Forever Bare BBL, which our patients love to rave about. Set up a free consultation to learn more about how we can help get that hair out of there. 


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Dr. Beverly A. Fischer is passionate about her role as a leading female plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. She believes that plastic surgery makes a positive, life-changing difference, whether you’re renewing your body, face, and skin or embarking on an entire gender transition.

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