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Zapping the Rumors of Laser Hair Removal

Woman in beauty salon having a hair removal treatment with medical laser.

You wax. You tweeze. You shave. Whatever your chosen method is for getting rid of unwanted hair, we can all agree that it can be a nuisance. Today, many are looking for a permanent solution to unwanted hair via laser hair removal, which is the process of beaming highly concentrated light into hair follicles to destroy the hair. But the myths surrounding laser hair removal may get in the way for those looking for permanent hair removal. Here, we separate fact from fiction.

Myth #1: Laser hair removal isn’t safe
Fact: When an FDA-accredited laser system is used, laser hair removal is very safe. Just be sure you’re going to a dermatologist rather than a beauty clinic to make sure you’re getting the safest treatment available.

Myth #2: Laser hair removal burns your skin
Fact: Burns from laser hair removal treatments are rare. Talk to your dermatologist about all the side effects associated with the procedure before having it done.

Myth #3: Laser hair removal is painful
Fact: You may experience some discomfort, but the pain isn’t unendurable. Many patients report that the procedure is actually less painful than waxing.

Myth #4: Laser hair removal exposes you to radiation
Fact: FDA-approved laser hair removal systems do not emit radiation.

Myth #5: Laser hair removal gets rid of your hair permanently
Fact: It isn’t possible to remove all your unwanted hair I one session. It takes several treatments to achieve optimal results. That’s because while lasers target hairs that have grown on your body, they can’t get to the follicles that are about to sprout new hairs.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser hair removal, talk to your dermatologist about the different types of laser hair removal systems are available. For more information on removing unwanted hair or any of the dermatologic services we provide, contact Westerville Dermatology online or by calling 614.895.0400 today to schedule an appointment.

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