Debunking myths and misconceptions about laser hair removal
Many people considering cosmetic laser hair removal are confronted by a number of misconceptions and myths. These newbies often research the clinic, available technology and even staff reviews through social media and the Internet prior to booking an appointment. The advent of so much sharing means that clinic owners and their staff need to have standard and clear responses to patient queries. In this article we go through some of the most common myths.
1. Laser hair removal doesn’t work on some skin or hair types.
(False) There are two categories of lasers: those that target pigment and those that target blood flow. Pigment lasers are highly effective and target high contrast areas between hair colour and skin colour. Other lasers destroy the blood flow at the base of the hair follicle and thus work better on lighter hair. However, laser technology does not work on grey or white hair.
2. Laser hair removal is dangerous.
(False) When practiced by a trained and qualified practitioner, laser hair removal is very safe. This is why it is important for clinic owners to create appropriate training and safety practices for all employees. Candela GentleLase technology is among the safest on the market and all clinics should have materials on-site to provide patients with more information regarding laser technology.
3. Laser hair removal is expensive.
(False). Some reports have shown that the average lifetime cost of razors, waxing, creams and bleaches can be upwards of $10,000! At Laseraid we help each of our clients find the laser technology that is right for their clinic at a cost that makes patient treatments absolutely affordable. It is very important to prove the cost benefits to patients of permanent hair reduction.
4. Laser hair removal exposes you to radiation and can cause cancer
(False) Radiation emitted from lasers is non-ionizing and does not emit enough energy to cause cancer or damage cells and DNA. Other non-ionizing radiation includes light waves, radio waves and ultraviolet light.
5. Laser hair removal is painful
(True/False) Laser hair removal is slightly uncomfortable and most people experience a tingling sensation. Waxing and electrolysis are widely regarded as being much more painful. Optional accessories such as the Zimmer Cooling device, a cool-air attachment to the tip of the laser, generally ensure a pain-free experience for all patients.